A month filled with festive tipple, pigs in blankets and chocolate for breakfast, the Christmas period is not the easiest time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, all is not lost. With some help from us you can eat, drink and be healthy this Christmas!
Don’t be unrealistic
You need to set a realistic goal. It is Christmas after all, so it’s probably not the best time to try and shift those extra few pounds you’ve been trying to lose. Try to focus on maintaining a healthy diet, but don’t be too harsh on yourself if you treat yourself to a mince pie (or three).
Health conscious drinking is a real struggle, especially around Christmas time when there seems to be endless amounts of booze constantly available. To avoid piling on the pounds from a month full of drinking, try to drink in moderation and avoid calorific drinks with high sugar levels.
If you’re a sucker for a glass of bubbly, swap to skinny prosecco, which has half the amount of sugar and is only 67 calories per glass. If that’s not your thing, opt for a glass of mulled wine as it’s been found to lower cholesterol according to a study from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. When it comes to spirits, you’re better off drinking them neat, on the rocks or with soda water, as the calories start to soar once sugary mixers are added.
Keep working out
Don’t tell yourself you’ll start your exercise routine again in January, as it’ll be all the more difficult to get back to it then. If you want to switch up your workout, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a great option as it will boost your metabolism, so you can burn fat even after you’ve finished your session. That makes the Christmas pudding you eat afterwards calorie free right?
Find healthy alternatives and limit the bad
Don’t set a strict ban on eating anything bad, as a Christmas without pigs in blankets isn’t really Christmas at all! Instead, you should eat the unhealthy food in moderation, just like alcohol.
If you don’t want to miss out on the gingerbread or Christmas pudding, find an online recipe which is lower in fat, sugar or calories to make your own healthier Christmas treat. If you’re not a domestic goddess, stick to seeking out healthier supermarket alternatives like ASDA’s vegan mince pies, which are 2.4g lower in fat than their usual mince pies.
If all else fails and you really can’t resist that extra serving of yule log, book yourself a January detox spa break.