Party season is amongst us! While there may seem to be an excuse to have a celebratory drink (or two) every other day in the lead up to Christmas, you can still keep you health (and waistlines!) in check by following these top tips:
1. Start off CLEAN. Begin each day by having a big glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon or lime.
Why? – these highly alkalizing fruits serve to cleanse the liver and decrease water retention. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin C & electrolytes
2. Fuel up for the day with a large and healthy breakfast. Some great ideas are poached eggs, avocado on gluten free bread, paleo museli or a green smoothie.
Why? – By starting the day in the right direction it will help you to continue to make better food choices throughout the day. It will also help you from getting ravenous later on and eating whatever is readily available, which may not be so healthy.
3. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluid in the form of water, fresh made juices or herbal teas. A great summer tip is to add some fresh fruit to your water bottle such as slices of strawberries or oranges which will give it a great flavour and keep you coming back for more.
Why – water will flush out toxins and rehydrate the body, especially if you’ve overindulged the night before. Also – many people mistake thirst for hunger; when truly hydrated you won’t have false hunger and will be able to eat only when truly hungry.
Summer fruits are a delicious addition to water
4. Smart supplementation. Between the late nights, overindulging, crowded shops and the general stress of the Christmas season – the immune system takes a big punch! Definitely time to take a multivitamin and supplement with a few essentials that will support the immune system like – vitamin C, vitamin D, fish oils and probiotics. We also love green powders such as Welleco’s Super Elixir which is packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
Why – While supplements are useful all year round, they are particularly beneficial in times of high stress when we may not be making the most nutritious food choices.
Welleco’s Super Elixir
5. Do a mini fast. Especially if you’ve overindulged a bit, giving your digestion a break by fasting is beneficial. Even something as simple as a one day juice fast can help. If this is a bit daunting, juicing until dinner can work, or try eating a vegan diet for a day or two.
Why – Fasting is a great way to give your digestion a rest. It’s perfect to reaffirm health goals or to get back in touch with healthy eating. It can also help to relieve some of the water retention and that sluggish feeling from eating oily, salty party foods.
6. Schedule daily “me-time”. Be totally selfish and carve away a bit of time each day that is all about YOU. Read a book, go for a walk alone, do some pilates, mediate or take a long bath. Whatever you need to do to recharge and re-invigorate.
7. Be kind to yourself. Realise that you WILL probably eat something not so healthy, or have a few too many Christmas drinks. Lose the guilt and be gentle to yourself. Accept that you will most likely stray from your ideal diet, but that this is most likely to be a by product of enjoying yourself whilst catching up with friends and family. Set realistic goals to get back into your regular routines and exercise in the new year and don’t stress too much about a few overindulgences around Christmas.