Can you be healthy and indulge at Christmas?

Written by Sabi Phagura on . Posted in Health

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It’s the first of December and no doubt the Christmas festivities are already gathering momentum. It’s that one time of year we give ourselves permission to let go of our healthy eating habits and fitness levels go wayward. But according to research from kefir brand Bio-tiful Dairy, not everyone is quick to throw away their year-long hard work. The study found that one in four tried to lose weight in November while 22 per cent more in the same month.

This got me thinking. There is no reason why we can’t all continue to eat well and exercise while still over indulging a little during December. By planning ahead and adopting the below health tips, we can all enter 2018 feeling a little less frumpy like previous New Years.  

Colourful foods 

Try to eat as many colourful foods with every meal. Include a range of vegetables and fruits and ensure you get enough good fats like avocado, nuts and seeds. Fill up on these foods and you’re less likely to reach out for less healthier options. 

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Protein 

All that shopping can be tiring so you need protein to keep you going. Our cells and organ, our muscles, and our bones could not hold together without the help of protein. Meat, pulses, protein shakes, and eggs are all good sources of protein.  A protein shake is also great for a quick pick me up.

Stay hydrated 

Topping up with water is key to maintaining good health and fighting those winter bugs, Plus alcohol can suppress the immune system. Drink plenty of water and when drinking alcohol make sure you alternate drinks with h2o.  Plus your skin won’t look so tired and grey.

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Sleep away 

It’s so easy to skimp on sleep when party mode is in full swing, But the lack of sleep can lead to overeating as you reach for poor snack choices to give you that energy boost. Get at least 7-8 hours shut eye each night.  Social media can wait until the morning.

Keep active  

It’s so easy to overlook exercise when we are busy partying, shopping, planning and cooking, But it is important to keep moving because the more energy you use the more energy you will have. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym either. Walk to the shops, park your car away from the shop entrance, get off the bus a stop early. With so many fitness videos on YouTube, pick a few short ones so you can exercise in the comfort of your home if time is of essence.  

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Sabi Phagura

I am a freelance journalist and lifestyle blogger. I travel the world covering travel, destinations, hotel, spas and bar reviews and love fitness. This blog illustrates how you can lead a healthy lifestyle, travel the world and still have a life! I am also a qualified fitness instructor, Punjabi-Hindi interpreter and a champagne and rum enthusiast.

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