Undoubtedly the festive season is a challenging time if you’re trying to stay healthy or even lose weight. This time of year usually revolves around food (and not always healthy choices), large portions and huge amounts of alcohol to wash it all down.
There are also some simple steps we have put together in the form of our 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS health tips to help you stay on track while still enjoying this special time of the year.
On the 1ST day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: A Partridge in a pear tree…
Forget the partridges, but focus on the pear. Fruit is a convenient snack choice, and can even be used as a healthy dessert option!
On the 2ND day of Christmas, my true love sent to me – 2 Turtle Doves…
Did you know Doves symbolise peace? Christmas can be a time of anxiety and heightened family tension, so have a plan to keep your stress at bay… We suggest taking peaceful walks, keeping your diet healthy, getting enough sleep and even some meditation.
On the 3RD day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: 3 French Hens…
Chicken is a great source protein… While a baked chicken sounds delicious we suggest you have it without the skin. This will dramatically reduce the saturated fat content.
On the 4TH day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: 4 Calling Birds
Calling isn’t so bad, it’s the shout you have to watch out for! During the silly season, it can be hard to say no to those few extra drinks. Remember to consume alcohol in moderation, and balance out your drinks by having water in between!
On the 5TH day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: 5 Golden Rings…
We’re not talking about rings you wear… To avoid getting dark rings under your eyes, make sure you get enough sleep. We need a certain amount of sleep every night to stay healthy, so try to get to bed early some nights if you need to catch up.
On the 7TH day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: 7 Swans a Swimming..
And the swans won’t be the only swimming… Summer is a great time of year to do little water-based activities such as swimming. Plus it keeps you cool, and you’ll feel refreshed and energised afterward.
On the 8TH day of Christmas, my true love sent to me – 8 Maids a Milking..
While dairy products contain calcium, try to choose the lowest sugar options.. try unsweetened almond milk, its lower in sugars and fats than traditional milk.. And as for yogurts watch out for those that say their low fat – they usually contain the most sugar!
You’ll get all the protein and calcium, but without the calories 🙂
On the 9TH day of Christmas my true love sent to me – 9 Ladies Dancing..
Christmas is a time to be merry and what is a better way to show that is by dancing with friends! Plus you can burn anywhere between 105 and 620 calories with 30 mins of dancing #winning
On the 10TH day of Christmas, my true love sent to me – 10 Lords a Leaping…
Make like one of those 10 lords, and leap into the New Year with a positive health and fitness goal! Think about one or two small changes that can make a big difference over time, such as taking a short walk every day or eliminating sugar in your coffee.
On the 11TH day of Christmas, my true love sent to me – 11 Pipers Piping..
Musical pipes aren’t so bad, but the smoke from tobacco pipes and cigarettes are! The smell is enough to make Santa run in the opposite direction…. Not only is it bad for your health, but second-hand smoke is also affecting the ones around you! ts time to ditch the durries and enjoy the fresh air.
On the 12TH day of Christmas my true love sent to me – 12 Drummers Drumming…
No one wanted to wake up with the sound of 12 drummers drumming in your head…
The best way to avoid a hangover is to drink plenty of water and make yourself a healthy breakfast like a Coffe Lady Shake! And avoid bingeing on junk food it will just make you feel worse.