5 Steps to Enjoy Healthy Eating at Christmas
Christmas is often a time where is can be easy to fall into the traps of overindulgence, forgetting all the hard work you have put in to being healthy, fit and well. Follow the 5 Steps in this article to Enjoy Healthy Eating during your Christmas and other Celebrations.
There are a variety of delicious treats surrounding the festive season, the importance here is to make these a very minimal if you want to remain feeling healthy and energetic.
Many people continue to incorporate a Overindulgence as a Lifestyle way of life! This is referred to as (Lifestyle Disease), meaning that these habits of overindulgence of alcohol, sugar laden foods, treats, drugs and cigarettes treats will lead to short term feelings of depression, lethargy, even brain fog. That when these indulgences continue lead to serious health diseases, such as cancer, liver, heart disease and many, many.
I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t like feeling like this, particularly as this is my time to have fun, relax, enjoying my family and friends. This cycle of overindulgence can then lead to a lifestyle of these dangerous habits, that many, many people find impossible to break. Let’s see what you can do to prevent this.
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5 Tips for Healthy Eating &
How to avoid the Pitfalls of Overindulgence
1. Make Breakfast a Priority
Begin your Christmas days, yes for many enjoying this festive season isn’t just one day but many days leading up to Christmas day and beyond. So it is important as always not to forget to have a healthy, substantial breakfast. Choose protein foods such as eggs, avocado and mushrooms. This will help you to avoid snacking before engaging in a Special Christmas meal.
2. Drink Pure Filtered Water
To avoid overindulging in either soft drinks, juices or alcohol drink pure, filtered water. You can spice this up with either lemon or orange slices, and also include the occasional sparkling mineral water. Allowing you then to enjoy a glass or two of wine, bubbly or beer with your meal.
3. Healthy, Smart Snacks
Many people over this festive time especially come Christmas Day will consume an extra 6000 calories just on Christmas Day alone!
This is mainly because there will be extras like chips, biscuits, cakes, bread rolls, dips, cheese platters and possible the worst culprit not only for calories but your health is that of processed meats.
So what can you do? Well the first thing is that you want to truly enjoy that Christmas lunch or dinner. So if you are going to indulge in snacks aim for raw vegetables such as carrot, capsicum, cucumber, celery. Include cheeses that will support your digestion such as cottage or ricotta cheese.
Opt for the Orgran dry biscuits as these are low in salt and sugar. Dips can include hummus, beetroot, sweet potato and pumpkin. Goats cheese is a great alternative to dairy and better for you. It is available as a hard cheese as well as a soft cheese, this is available at the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable shops or at the Deli section in the supermarket or places such as Barossa Fine Foods.
Dry roasted nuts make a great snack choice as they are low in calories and especially almonds will aid your digestion.
4. Make Your Main Meal Count
One of the best ways of filling up without causing any real problems is to eat your vegies first. Ensure that your plate is 3/4 filled with vegetables and a small quantity of meat.
5. Stay Active
As important as it is to relax at Christmas time, taking time to spend with your loved ones. It is also important to remain active by going for regular walks each day, going to the park with family and friends to throw the football, play tennis, cricket and so on. Keeping a balance of rest and exercise is important to renew your energy and vitality. This can be fun!!!
Always to Remember a Treat isn’t a Treat, if it is going to Cause Harm to your Body.
Some common activities of overindulgence of lifestyle habits are:
- Overeating, which can lead to weight gain, digestive problems, and increased risk of chronic diseases.
- Drinking too much alcohol, which can damage your liver, brain, and heart, and impair your judgment and coordination.
- Smoking, which can cause lung cancer, COPD, and other respiratory illnesses, and affect your blood pressure and circulation.
- Lack of physical activity, which can reduce your muscle strength, bone density, and cardiovascular fitness, and increase your risk of diabetes, obesity, and depression.
- Stress, which can affect your mood, sleep, immunity, and mental health, and contribute to inflammation, pain, and aging.
- Thinking that once in a while won’t hurt. It is the once in a while, that turns into a daily, lifetime habit.
How to avoid Overindulgence to Enjoy your Christmas & Special Celebrations
- Choose healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables, savoury snacks, lean protein, and
- Minimize your consumption of processed foods, baked or foods laden with fat such as processed meats, dairy, cheese, and crackers.
- Moderate your consumption of alcohol and caffeine. By drinking water, or lemon water and herbal teas.
- Quit smoking – by avoiding people or activities or areas where you would be easily influenced to smoke.
- No matter what you have planned for you day, get in some form of exercise, it can be as simple as going for a 30-minute walk.
- Take charge of your anxiety or levels of stress by practicing deeps breathing, visualizing, being grateful for positive surroundings and other elements throughout your day.
- Ensure that you get adequate sleep, 6 – 8 hours each night or day if you are a shift-worker. Don’t try and go out to a social event without having a good night’s sleep.
- If you feel vulnerable to falling into overindulging habits, ask for support from your friends, family, that will be with you. This is a major key to preventing yourself from falling into any bad habits. Engage in activities that are safe and beneficial for your long-term health, happiness, and fulfilment. Yes, this includes Special Occasions, this is probably the most important time, as this is where you can be most vulnerable. In other words, don’t attend an event or activity that you know, or think will be dangerous or harmful to you.
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