As I wrote the title of this post, I felt like a huge hypocrite – here I am, preparing to dish out tips on being healthy when in reality my diet has been atrocious over the past few weeks. However, I sometimes feel that writing things down helps me to focus my attention on my goals, so in a way this post is as much for myself as for you guys. It’s all about how to stay healthy around Christmas time, where delicious food and scrumptious beverages are literally all around us.
I am desperately trying to get back on the health wagon, and here’s what I’ve been doing. As always, please do leave your own tips in the comments – I could certainly do with them!
- Don’t forget about fruit and veg! Around this time of year, all I want to do is eat super filling heavy carbs like bread and pasta, and just copious amounts of cheese. That’s not even taking the sweet stuff into account! But I’ve talked a lot about my love of fruit and veg int the past, and I’m trying to focus on them as much as possible now. There are loads of gorgeous winter options to choose from, and although it seems harder to pick them over more warming options in the winter, your body will thank you for it.
- Not every day has to be full of treats. I don’t know about you guys, but I always think of Xmas as ‘treat time’! Plus, with my birthday being in December the whole month just seems like one big excuse for eating what I like, and drinking lots of bubbly. That’s fun for a few days, but after that you can start to feel run down, bloated and just generally a bit rubbish. I’m definitely at that point, and am starting to realise that too much of a good thing just isn’t so great. A couple of treats each day? Sure. Meal after meal and snack after snack consisting of literally whatever I fancy? For me, its a recipe for disaster.
- Seek out the healthier options. They are there, I promise! For example, when I went to the amazing Bob Bob Ricard with the lovely Ree, I was tempted by the rich, decadent-looking chocolate desserts but instead went for a single scoop of sorbet. It was delicious! OK, so it’s not as guilt-free as a fruit platter, but as desserts go it’s not a bad choice. There are ways to avoid going overboard whilst still feeling like you’re having a festive treat.
- Don’t neglect exercise. This sound obvious, but it is unbelievably tempting to skip your workouts at this time of year. Everyone is busy, it’s freezing cold and the thought of going out to the gym or putting on workout clothes instead of a snuggly onesie definitely doesn’t seem appealing. But I’ve managed to stick with my fitness regime thus far this Christmas season and I’d be so lost without it. It’s an instant boost and the more intense my workout, the more inclined I am to eat healthily for the rest of the day.
- There’s no point waiting until January 1st. I feel this is a huge lie we tell ourselves and all it does is encourage us to gorge ourselves right the way through to the New Year. If you really want to make a change, start this minute – it doesn’t mean you have to go full steam ahead into total healthiness, but the small changes I’ve mentioned can make a big difference. Of course, I’m going to try to be healthier in 2015, but I’ve started already – it’s a great way to kick-start a resolution!
So, over to you guys! How do you like to stay healthy around Xmas, and beyond?