Christmas Survival Guide

Christmas Season Survival Guide

Christmas is a wonderful time to invest in family and friends, relax and have a bit of fun but sometimes our traditional habits can take its toll on our health.  December can be a time of reduced activity levels, overindulgence of food, alcohol and late nights.  Here is a quick survival guide to make the most of this wonderful time of the year.

Optimise your energy

  • Eat light wholesome nutritious meals in between feasts.
  • Take breaks from sugar, sweets, alcohol and refined carbohydrates in between feasts.
  • Keep well hydrated with water and herbal teas.
  • Take exercise or a walk in the fresh air each day.
  • Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Don’t overheat your home. 18-21 deg and cooler at night is about right.
  • Include a good magnesium and B complex in your supplement regime. 

Keep your tummy happy
Indigestion, bloating and gas are common symptoms of overindulgence.

  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly (at least 15 times for each mouthful).
  • Avoid overeating and poor food combinations.
  • Don’t drink too much with meals.
  • Allow some time between courses.
  • Have a tbsp of apple cider vinegar or bitters in some water 30 minutes before your meal.
  • If these are persistent problems consider a food intolerance test and a gut health programme.

Avoid headaches and hangovers
Excess alcohol can lead to dehydration the combination of which often results in a headache or hangover.

  • Drink a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks and before you go to bed.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach.  Fatty foods are usually good to reduce the risk of a hangover.  Opt for healthy oils in salmon, mackerel, tuna, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil. 
  • The day after eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and ideally give yourself a few days break before consuming alcohol again.

Avoid Colds and Flu

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water, especially if you have been out and about.
  • Colloidal silver spray is a healthy alternative to anti-bacterial hand gels.
  • Avoid touching your hands to your mouth, nose or eyes. 
  • Eat a wholesome diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains.
  • Minimise sugar, sugary food, drinks and alcohol.
  • Get plenty of exercise and fresh air.  A walk outdoors is ideal.
  • Get plenty of sleep, relax, have fun and laugh a lot.
  • Take a good multi vitamin and mineral, additional vitamin C and Echinacea.

Avoid dry skin and hair
Central heating, freezing temperatures and overindulgences can wreak havoc with our skin and hair.

  • Moisturise thoroughly.  Try using your night cream during the day as these are usually oiler and heavier than day creams.  Coconut oil can be used as a natural moisturiser and hair mask.
  • Minimise central heating in your home.  Rather put a sweater on than crank up the heating too high. 
  • Consume plenty of oily foods.  Oily fish, flax seeds, avocado, nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil and take an omega 3 supplement.
  • Eat plenty of leafy greens and red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise to increase circulation and nutrients to your skin and hair.

Boost your mood
Often Christmas can be a time of fun, reflection and planning but can also be a sad and lonely time for some.

  • Remember to take your vitamin D supplement at this time when light levels are low.
  • Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and protein foods.
  • Get fresh air and exercise.
  • Spend time with fun people who build you up and enjoy a few laughs. 
  • Spread goodwill to all.  Think of others that may be lonely and would appreciate a phone call, an email, a gift or an invitation to dinner.
  • Forgive and give thanks.

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