How to stay healthy during holidays
Holidays are a really fun time! Less work and routine and more family time and endless meals. Food is a very big part of holiday season and there are many Christmas treats it’s hard to say no to and you should not. I want to share few tips how you still can indulge on all the good food during Christmas, but still keep yourself healthy and not feel too bloated after every meal.
It is all about the balance and listening to your body. There is no reason to go on mad crazy detox right before or after Christmas and over do your workout routine. It’s all about feeling good and healthy in your body and here is how you can achieve that!
Our bodies biggest mistake can often be confuse hunger for thirst. Before any meal or dinner party drink a glass full of water. It is so important to keep your body hydrated all the time. Also drinking enough water can help to alleviate bloating and improve digestion. Don’t drink too much during the meal and focus on more drinking before and after the meal.
The main area of debate is whether or not drinking water during a meal is harmful or beneficial to the digestive process. There is no doubting the fact that drinking too much water during meals can interfere with the natural and necessary levels of bile and stomach acid. This would slow the digestion process and reduce the body’s ability to produce enough digestive enzymes to digest foods properly. Without proper digestion, a build up of toxic waste can occur no matter what you are eating. We can apply the same principles when thinking about other beverages we might consume during a meal. In the case of alcoholic drinks and acidic beverages like soda, they tend to dry up the saliva your glands have produced, making it even more difficult to properly digest food. Drinking water or other beverages while they are cold also slows down digestion and can create cramping in some individuals. It is clear that drinking water before and after you eat aids the digestive process. The general consensus on this is that drinking water about 30 minutes before you eat will help keep the body hydrated which results in optimal digestion.
No matter how fun and how much time dinner parties take during holidays, don’t give up on yourself. Keep working out and keep doing your regular routine. Keep your body moving and staying active is so important to keep your body healthy and happy during holidays. Also proper workout will keep you more energized and happy, because exercising releases your endorphins, that’s where all your “feeling happy” comes from. Isn’t that great? During holidays everybody got a little more free time and it is your chance to motivate your family and friends to workout a little more. There are so many fun workouts you can do together and enjoy some real quality time.
Be smart in the kitchen
Most of Christmas meals are quite heavy and filled with sugar and saturated fats, but when you get yourself into the kitchen and spice things up with some simple healthy swaps you will be a hero of the season for sure! Sugars and saturated are not just unhealthy, but they will make you feel tired and bloated. In North Europe Christmas meals are focused mostly around meats and as I’m not eating meat or poultry I have learned to find my way around them and get more creative in the kitchen preparing holiday meals for my family and friends. There is always a possibility of making healthier version of your favorite meals, so make sure to try them out. You won’t regret it because your body will thank you for this.
And make sure you get enough sleep. Use these days to relax and give your body the rest it needs. As I said before, it is all about the balance. Get your body active, eat healthy and get enough rest. Happy Holidays and keep writing to me and share your ideas what you want to see next on the blog!