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How to Stay Healthy over the Christmas Season

The Christmas season is a wonderful time of year with parties, family gatherings and events! It can also be a time of indulgence, where we consume a little too much food and alcohol than the rest of the year. Of course, a balanced diet and life is important and a little extra indulgence is absolutely fine. However, here are some tips to help you make better choices during the season and ensure you feel good as you head into the New Year!

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- Ensure you eat a healthy, balanced breakfast that will keep you sustained till lunch. If you eat a balanced breakfast such as eggs on rye or avo on toast, you will be providing your body with an optimum balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates and less likely to overindulge at lunch.

- Try not to ‘pick’ at food. It is fairly easy to do this over Christmas and a way to stop doing it is to ensure you eat regular meals and don’t go too hungry between them.

- Choose more nutrient dense foods. Rather than eating fatty snacks such as pastries, cakes and chips, load up your plate with veggies, hummus, meats and fruits. They keep you full for longer, don’t spike your blood sugars and taste great!

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- When drinking alcohol, try to alternate with a non-alcoholic drink such as flavoured water or fruit juice.

- Schedule time to get some exercise. Whether that be a walk after lunch or a gym session in the morning, try to maintain a routine during the holidays. You will feel great and it will give you the energy needed to keep going during party season!

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- If you do overindulge on Christmas Day, try to eat more nutrient dense foods the following day as well as some exercise. You will feel less bloated and sluggish.

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- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. It will help with digestion and if you are drinking alcohol you will appreciate it the next day!

- Enjoy yourself! Christmas is a time to get together with family and friends and enjoy their company. A little indulgence is absolutely expected!