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How to have a healthy Christmas

 

Christmas can be a fun-filled holiday but we can often forget to look after ourselves in the hustle and bustle. They don’t call this the silly season for nothing. We’ve put together some tips to help you enjoy the holidays while staying healthy.

Stay hydrated

We spend a lot of time outside during the holidays soaking up the sun. It can get crazy hot out there so it’s important to make sure you have enough water on hand. Not only does water help maintain energy, but it also reduces the toxins in your body and assists your organs to function properly. Most of all, it keeps us cool!

Limit treats

The holiday period can include a lot of high sugar food, and that’s okay. It’s a normal part of Christmas that we all enjoy. Don’t cut out those yummy treats entirely, but reduce the amount you have. Try to include some high fibre food to keep your gut nice and healthy – think fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It’s a good idea to eat light meals on Christmas day as it can be harder to moderate when you let yourself go hungry waiting for Christmas lunch or dinner.

Drinking choices

With the endless events and gatherings, it’s easy to overdo it with alcohol at this time of year. Our Kiwi culture associates social gatherings with drinking and it can be hard to say no to a “cheeky drink”. Try taking a few days off here and there and swap out your drinks to a bubbly non-alcoholic drink. Not only will you wake up without the dreaded hangover, but you’ll also save money from having a few nights off drinking.

Mind your mental health

After the crazy year, we have had, it’s important to use these holidays to unwind and relax. Try to switch your brain into another setting and start playing things by ear. Take some time out for yourself to go for a walk or take a breather – self-care is really important during this season.

Get some exercise

Our usual routine can be thrown off when we get to the end of the year. Taking a quick walk in the park or playing a game of touch in the backyard with the family is a great way to get some exercise on Christmas Day. Exercise is proven to decrease stress hormones, reduce fatigue and improve general physical health.

Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our mental and physical health. Your immune system works best when you are not burnt out, and if you’re not sleeping enough you may be more likely to pick up any bugs going around. Try to aim for at least 7-8 hours and avoid long daytime naps. We all enjoy a good nap on Christmas but make sure you limit this to 30 minutes or less.

 

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