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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