The festive season is upon us; from Christmas lunches to weekend weddings, no matter how healthy you are otherwise, it is all too easy for it to go downhill during this time of year! Though we should enjoy the celebrations, the seasonal overindulgence in food and lifestyle can leave us feeling run down and unwell. Here are some tips to help you make it through the madness and do some damage control going into the New Year.
1) Start Clean
Start your day with warm water with a slice of lemon to cleanse the liver, decrease water retention and provide you with a dose of immune boosting and energizing Vitamin C and electrolytes. You can add ginger or turmeric to your warm water for additional anti-inflammatory effects.
2) Keep Hydrated
Whether you are out dancing until the early hours of the morning or drinking a little more alcohol than usual, both of these will have a dehydrating effect on your body so remember to keep drinking lots of water to rehydrate and flush those toxins out of your body. It is recommended to have at least 1 litre of water per 25kg of body weight. Many people confuse thirst for hunger so when you feel like binge eating the day after a late night, it may just be your body craving more hydration. Herbal teas and infusions are also a great and fun way to stay hydrated.
3) Get in your Nutrients
This is the season where we tend to eat out a lot more than normal; especially high calorie, low nutrition foods; over-cooked, fried or sugar-rich. That, coupled with late nights and colder weather, can take its toll on the body. Make sure your body is still getting the nutrients it needs by having a healthy breakfast and snacks such as fruit, nuts, seeds and eggs. A fresh vegetable juice is a great way to make sure you are getting a good dose of vitamins and minerals. Juicing the vegetables means the nutrients can enter your bloodstream faster and more efficiently.
If you really feel you have over-indulged, consider doing a small fast where you only consume nutrient rich vegetable juices or herbal teas for a day or two to give your digestive system a break. In the long term, a habit of indulging and then fasting is not healthy nor sustainable but for the odd occasion when you feel like it has been too much, it can relieve some short-term symptoms of water retention and sluggishness and, more importantly, give your body a much-needed opportunity to process and digest all that you have consumed.
5) Keep up your Healthy Habits
If you have spent the most part of your year cultivating healthy habits and routines, don’t let them slip now. For example, if you have a strong morning routine of meditating and daily gratitude, make the effort to keep it up. If you don’t feel up to doing your usual morning work-out, try incorporating it later in the day or making it less intense, but do not abandon it completely. Keeping up these good habits will restore balance and harmony when you need it most and will make it easier for you to switch back into your healthy routine once the festive season is over.
Listen to your body, take rest when you need it, practice compassion for yourself and your choices and most of all have fun! Spending time with family, friends and loved ones and enjoying yourself is also very important for your health!
If you have any questions or other suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!