It’s officially December which means Christmas is just around the corner and festive celebrations are in full swing.
Here are my top five healthy Christmas recommendations.
#1 MOVE YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE TO THE MORNING
I find that my evenings are quickly filling up social engagements and work that needs to be done before the Christmas closure. Waking up 30 minutes earlier means that I have time to go for my walk or sneak in a yoga class or exercise session before my day starts.
Ticked this off my to-do list, makes me feel like I’ve already achieved one thing for the day, plus it’s great for productivity and mental health.
#2 THE LIVELIGHTER WEBSITE IS GREAT FOR ADVICE
One of their recommendations to keep healthy over Christmas is “give active gifts, that keep on giving”. This could include sporting item (pool toys, football or a skateboard), a voucher to their favourite sport store or for an activity they might have been waiting to try, such as belly dancing or yoga.
#3 PIVOT TO HEALTH SNACKS AND FOOD
When visiting friends and family, skip the ginger bread men and rum balls and instead give a fruit basket or an assorted tea gift set, most people don’t need another box of chocolates or panettone. If you are asked to bring something to contribute to a meal, try watermelon Christmas trees.
All you need is a Christmas tree cookie cutter and watermelon that has been sliced into two centimetre thick rounds.
Lay the watermelon slice flat on the chopping board, position the cookie cutter so that the trunk of the Christmas tree is made up of the rind and white part of the watermelon and the branches are filled with the pink flesh and press down until you have a Christmas tree cut out.
#4 GO ONE FOR ONE WITH ALCOHOL AND WATER
For every standard drink have one glass of water. I will often order soda water with a lime wedge; it looks like an alcoholic drink but with none of the calories.
#5 ENJOY YOUR FOOD AND ENJOY YOUR COMPANY
Food isn’t just for nourishing our body, it also plays a massive part of our social interactions. Giving homemade treats or cooking for our family and friends is often how we express our love and affection for one another.
Please do not feel guilty for having that slice of Christmas cake or a little bit more food then you normally would, food is more than just nutrients.