How to stay healthy over the Silly Season

How to stay healthy over the Silly Season

Author -  Good Health

The holiday season is here, and with it brings more food, wine and general over-indulging of everything and anything. While it is important to treat yourself over the holidays and enjoy some soul-food; it is important to remain balanced in your approach. This holiday season, remind yourself of your health and wellness goals. And follow these tips on how to have fun and stay focused over the holiday season.

Blissful but healthy foods on Christmas Day.jpg

Blissful but healthy foods on Christmas Day

Christmas is a time to connect with family and friends. With an abundance of food, it is easy to be attracted to eating the things you do not usually consume. If you have no dietary allergens, there is little harm in straying away from your normal diet, but it is important to remember to eat the foods that make you feel your best, and not be swayed by how others are eating. There are so many recipes for healthy Christmas dinners, but no matter what is served, try these tips to help you stay on track:

  • Be selective. Decide what foods you really want to have and what you can leave. Instead of trying a little bit of everything, choose the top 3 things that will make you feel satisfied. 
  • Eat your greens. Starting your meals with a salad will help to fill you up so that you don’t overeat later.
  • Chew your food. Chewing your food thoroughly will assist in digestion and help your body to realise when it is full. 
  • Enjoy conversation at the dinner table. This will also help you to eat slower, so that you avoid overeating.
  • Consume plenty of fresh summer fruit and bake with wholesome unrefined ingredients. While this may cost a little bit more, your body will thank you for it! 

The 80-20 Rule.jpg

The 80/20 Rule

It’s what you do most of the time that will make a difference to your health and wellbeing. Many people use the 80/20 rule to help guide them; eating healthily 80% of the time and being lenient with themselves 20% of the time. Eating a wholesome breakfast, and plenty of greens will help you to feel better about consuming dessert later. This can be applied to beverages too. Dilute your alcohol with soda water or ice or have one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage. Be diligent with your diet, so that you can really enjoy the treats!

Complete wellness over the holidays.jpg

Complete wellness over the holidays

For many, the holidays can bring extra pressures, emotionally, financially or otherwise. As part of the Christmas celebration, many of us eat or drink our emotions away, to make these times a little easier. If this is something you identify with, there are many ways you can support yourself emotionally. 

1. Get enough sleep

When we are tired, our body releases hormones which tell us to eat more. This puts more strain on the body and can lead to changes in our mental and physical wellbeing. 

2. Buy local 

Consumerism is rife during the holidays. While it is easy to becomes distracted by the shops, consider what you are purchasing before you buy. Support your community and try to buy something locally made that will have a direct impact on someone’s business and livelihood.

3. Do something for others

Whether it is inviting someone over for dinner that isn’t spending Christmas with their loved ones, offering to take a friend’s kids for an afternoon, or doing some baking for a neighbour or local charity; there are many things that you can do these holidays that will have a positive impact on others, and a positive impact on you! 

4. Engage your brain

While it can be nice to spend the holidays lying in the sun, remember that it is important to engage your brain! If you are needing some time to relax, consider reading a book or doing a crossword. If you need an extra challenge, play a board game or a game of sport! Social activities can boost your feel-good hormones and may provide you with much needed fun at the end of a busy year. 

5. Start your day off right 

With the extra stress of the holidays, you may not feel like you are the best version of yourself and that’s okay! Be gentle on yourself these holidays and remember to take time for yourself to check in with how you are feeling. Start your day with a big glass of water and a few deep breaths. Stand outside and watch the sun rise or put your headphones on and go for a walk. It is the little moments that can help you to find balance and focus, amongst the chaos. 

Boost your exercise.jpg

Boost your exercise 

Exercise is central to good physical, emotional and mental wellness, and as we are busier around the holidays, it is important to stick with it! First thing in the morning is a great time to exercise, as it gets it out of the way for the day. As mentioned, go for a walk in the morning alone, or with family or friends, or head to gym, as it will likely be quiet this time of year! Make the most of the sunshine and do something outdoors with your friends and do some incidental exercise that you really enjoy. Head down to the park and throw a Frisbee, play a game of back yard cricket, or pop to the beach for a swim. If your goal is to keep fit over the summer, put on a pedometer set yourself a goal for each day. This will help to hold you accountable and you may have friends and family that will want to join in. 

Be thankful this christmas.jpg

Christmas is an exciting time of year. It is a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have and those we have around us. Remember to have fun this holiday season and to do the things that are important to you. If having a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle is important to you throughout the year, try and incorporate this into the holiday season too. 

Like most things in life, the holiday period should be about balance - think the 80/20 rule. If we have 1 or 2 days during the festive season as part of the seasonal celebrations, that we are a bit more indulgent and then are back on track with our well-being and keep up our activity whether its incidental or structured exercise or movement, we are still on the right path to wellness.

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How to stay healthy over the Silly Season

The holiday season is here, and with it brings more food, wine and general over-indulging of everything and anything. While it is important to treat yourself over the holidays and enjoy some soul-food; it is important to remain balanced in your approach. This holiday season, remind yourself of your health and wellness goals. And follow these tips on how to have fun and stay focused over the holiday season.

Blissful but healthy foods on Christmas Day.jpg

Blissful but healthy foods on Christmas Day

Christmas is a time to connect with family and friends. With an abundance of food, it is easy to be attracted to eating the things you do not usually consume. If you have no dietary allergens, there is little harm in straying away from your normal diet, but it is important to remember to eat the foods that make you feel your best, and not be swayed by how others are eating. There are so many recipes for healthy Christmas dinners, but no matter what is served, try these tips to help you stay on track:

  • Be selective. Decide what foods you really want to have and what you can leave. Instead of trying a little bit of everything, choose the top 3 things that will make you feel satisfied. 
  • Eat your greens. Starting your meals with a salad will help to fill you up so that you don’t overeat later.
  • Chew your food. Chewing your food thoroughly will assist in digestion and help your body to realise when it is full. 
  • Enjoy conversation at the dinner table. This will also help you to eat slower, so that you avoid overeating.
  • Consume plenty of fresh summer fruit and bake with wholesome unrefined ingredients. While this may cost a little bit more, your body will thank you for it! 

The 80-20 Rule.jpg

The 80/20 Rule

It’s what you do most of the time that will make a difference to your health and wellbeing. Many people use the 80/20 rule to help guide them; eating healthily 80% of the time and being lenient with themselves 20% of the time. Eating a wholesome breakfast, and plenty of greens will help you to feel better about consuming dessert later. This can be applied to beverages too. Dilute your alcohol with soda water or ice or have one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage. Be diligent with your diet, so that you can really enjoy the treats!

Complete wellness over the holidays.jpg

Complete wellness over the holidays

For many, the holidays can bring extra pressures, emotionally, financially or otherwise. As part of the Christmas celebration, many of us eat or drink our emotions away, to make these times a little easier. If this is something you identify with, there are many ways you can support yourself emotionally. 

1. Get enough sleep

When we are tired, our body releases hormones which tell us to eat more. This puts more strain on the body and can lead to changes in our mental and physical wellbeing. 

2. Buy local 

Consumerism is rife during the holidays. While it is easy to becomes distracted by the shops, consider what you are purchasing before you buy. Support your community and try to buy something locally made that will have a direct impact on someone’s business and livelihood.

3. Do something for others

Whether it is inviting someone over for dinner that isn’t spending Christmas with their loved ones, offering to take a friend’s kids for an afternoon, or doing some baking for a neighbour or local charity; there are many things that you can do these holidays that will have a positive impact on others, and a positive impact on you! 

4. Engage your brain

While it can be nice to spend the holidays lying in the sun, remember that it is important to engage your brain! If you are needing some time to relax, consider reading a book or doing a crossword. If you need an extra challenge, play a board game or a game of sport! Social activities can boost your feel-good hormones and may provide you with much needed fun at the end of a busy year. 

5. Start your day off right 

With the extra stress of the holidays, you may not feel like you are the best version of yourself and that’s okay! Be gentle on yourself these holidays and remember to take time for yourself to check in with how you are feeling. Start your day with a big glass of water and a few deep breaths. Stand outside and watch the sun rise or put your headphones on and go for a walk. It is the little moments that can help you to find balance and focus, amongst the chaos. 

Boost your exercise.jpg

Boost your exercise 

Exercise is central to good physical, emotional and mental wellness, and as we are busier around the holidays, it is important to stick with it! First thing in the morning is a great time to exercise, as it gets it out of the way for the day. As mentioned, go for a walk in the morning alone, or with family or friends, or head to gym, as it will likely be quiet this time of year! Make the most of the sunshine and do something outdoors with your friends and do some incidental exercise that you really enjoy. Head down to the park and throw a Frisbee, play a game of back yard cricket, or pop to the beach for a swim. If your goal is to keep fit over the summer, put on a pedometer set yourself a goal for each day. This will help to hold you accountable and you may have friends and family that will want to join in. 

Be thankful this christmas.jpg

Christmas is an exciting time of year. It is a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have and those we have around us. Remember to have fun this holiday season and to do the things that are important to you. If having a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle is important to you throughout the year, try and incorporate this into the holiday season too. 

Like most things in life, the holiday period should be about balance - think the 80/20 rule. If we have 1 or 2 days during the festive season as part of the seasonal celebrations, that we are a bit more indulgent and then are back on track with our well-being and keep up our activity whether its incidental or structured exercise or movement, we are still on the right path to wellness.

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