With less than a week until Christmas, I’ve put together some health hacks to help you survive (& enjoy) the Silly Season. Now some of these hacks might seem simple, but you’ll be surprised how much of a impact they make, especially in preventing unwanted weight gain, if you actually put them into practice! Use my challenges at the end of each Health Hack to make sure you achieve them!
So without further ado, here are your 4 Christmas Health Hacks:
Health Hack #1: Enjoy Christmas DAY
Christmas is just ONE day, not the entire week or month. So enjoy yourself on Christmas day with no restrictions; eat yummy food, have seconds, enjoy your treats etc, but limit these to Christmas Day itself. Then return to your normal eating routine for the rest of December, without all the additional extras. My challenge for you: if you have leftover sweets or alcohol/drinks and they are too tempting to keep at home, gift them to someone, give them away or throw them out.
Health Hack #2: Eat Yo Veggies
Full of fibre, veggies are your ultimate filler & preventer of weight gain when it comes to Christmas time! There are often salads & veggies on offer at Christmas parties, so remember to eat some! And I’m not saying you should only eat veggies at Christmas, but I am saying don’t forget to include them! My challenge for you: Use my portion plate here as your serving guide on Christmas Day.
Health Hack #3: Drink Drink Drink
And by drink, I mean water! It’s fine to enjoy other drinks at Christmas time too, but remember water is key to your health and preventing weight gain at Christmas. Alcohol & soft drink are calorie-dense, i.e. they are basically liquid calories, so it’s good to keep an eye on how much you have. My challenge for you: for every glass of soft drink or alcohol you have, have 1 cup of water.
Health Hack #4: Stay Active
With Christmas falling during summer in Australia, it’s the perfect time to be active! Try to maintain your usual exercise program throughout summer. If this is not possible, for example your exercise classes don’t run during the holidays or you have the kids to look after, be active in other ways! Walk the dog, take the kids to the park and run around with them, enjoy a swim at the beach with your friends, play backyard cricket etc. My challenge for you: Be active in some way every day for the rest of 2017.
Editor’s Note: This is an independent article. All opinions are my own.