THE FESTIVE SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND FOR MANY THIS MEANS CELEBRATION AFTER CELEBRATION AND LETTING GO OF OUR USUAL HEALTHY ROUTINES!
However, if you vouched to stay on track this year and stay healthy through the festive season, Zoe Bingley-Pullin has some tips to keep in mind.
Aim for balance
When in party mode, it can be tricky to maintain your usual diet. However, skipping meals in anticipation of a party or grazing on unsustaining snacks all day can lead to feelings of constant hunger and fatigue. Aim to ensure you eat at least three meals daily containing a serve of lean protein, healthy fats, complex carbs and vegetables. Eating in this way will help stabilise blood sugar, support satiety and improve overall energy.
It can be very tempting to give exercise the flick and instead have a sleep in over the holidays. However, I can guarantee you will feel better if you try to stick to some form of daily movement. Movement doesn’t have to be a chore or full on ‘sweat sesh’ it should be something that keeps you active and something you enjoy.
ome ideas include:
• Schedule in walking catch ups with friends and family
• Try a new exercise class while you have spare time
• Get outdoors and go for a hike, swim or bush walk
• Start the day with a yoga/stretching routine to calm the mind
If you want to make it through the festive season feeling healthy and happy, just like any other time of year, adequate sleep is a necessity. This may mean saying no to invites if you have had a big day or skimped on sleep the night before. To help encourage a restful nights sleep, shut off screens at least 1-2 hours before sleep, stop stimulants after 12 pm if you are sensitive and add a serve of complex carbs to dinner as carbohydrate rich foods help the brain make use of tryptophan, an amino acid used to make melatonin, the hormone which helps us fall asleep.
Limit alcohol intake
Alcohol might seem like a necessary part of festive season celebrations, however, the high will be short lived. Alcohol itself can make you feel drowsy, impact sleep and cause feelings of grogginess the next day. If you want to wake feeling well, limit your alcohol intake and drink plenty of water to maintain hydration.
If you do over indulge and end up with a hangover, try these tips to help reduce symptoms:
• Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate! Make sure to regularly sip water, have a fresh vegetable juice or coconut water to rehydrate, especially if having coffee!
• Eat eggs for breakfast, rich in Vitamin B and cysteine which are both vital for processing alcohol and will help metabolise the carbohydrates contained in alcohol.
• Try some ginger tea to help reduce nausea.
• Snack on a banana or avocado on toast for a hit of potassium important for rehydrating.