The holidays are around the corner. Everyone is getting ready for a relaxing time with family and friends. It is also the time of the year when we let our guard down and give in to our temptations. With so many mouth-watering dishes on offer, how can we not? While it is permissible to be a little indulgent, it shouldn’t become the norm. You still need to ensure that all the hard work you did prior to Christmas isn’t wasted within a fortnight of overeating. So, what should you do? How do you control yourself during the holidays? Here are some tips that can help you make healthy choices during the Christmas period.
It sounds obvious but you need to avoid overeating during the holidays. There is just no way around it. Research shows that on average we consume 3000 calories on just the Christmas dinner alone. That is just too much. You need to try and hold yourself back. It won’t be easy but you should at least try. One way to do this is to take breaks while eating. Christmas dinners usually have many courses. Try to stop after a few courses or skip some of the courses in between. This would give you the time to listen to your stomach that it can’t hold more and that you should stop eating. Another thing to be wary of is mindless eating. Just because there is food on the table, it doesn’t mean you have to eat it!
Cut Down on the Booze
It’s normal to enjoy Christmas with alcohol. However, you shouldn’t be drinking too much during the holidays. It is fine to have a drink or two throughout the day but make sure you are drinking within limits. Unchecked alcohol consumption can be very bad for your body. So, try to limit it. While it would be hard for you to not drink at the Christmas dinner, you can avoid drinking at other times during the day. For instance, you can cut down on the booze by replacing beer with soft drinks while relaxing with the family. Moreover, drinking juices at breakfast is another healthy choice that can keep your alcohol consumption in check.
You would think that Christmas is one time of the year when you wouldn’t get stressed. But, people tend to get the most stress during this period. Planning the Christmas dinner, having to deal with overbearing relatives, and the unending list of chores you need to do, it can all be a little too much to handle. However, don’t let the stress consume you. Remain positive and focus on the happy moments more.
Don’t Sit Around
People tend to become lazy during the holidays. Sitting on the sofa the whole day and watching TV sounds like a fun time but it can have severe consequences for your body. So, make sure that you engage yourself in some kind of physical activity. Whether it is a walk outside or playing some old-fashioned game with the entire family, you need to do something that gets you out of the home for a while. You don’t have to dedicate much time to this physical activity too. An hour or two would be more than enough.