Are you nervous about feeling less than great over the festivities? Here are Pepper Hustle's top tips to help keep you on track.
Tip number 6 is especially useful if your good intentions have got up and flown up the chimney.
Christmas and New Year is a time to relax and enjoy those precious moments with your loved ones. It’s not a time to be obsessing over calories, exercise or anything else for that matter. Before you know it, it will all be over and you’ll be wondering what all the fuss was about.
If like us, you want to enjoy every moment but you don’t want to end up feeling sluggish and tired. Here are a few tips on things to be mindful. It won’t take the joy out of the celebrations. It will have you feeling full of life and winning at Monopoly on Christmas Night.
The first thing we tend to think about over the Christmas break is all the food and drinks we are going to have. It’s a time we treat ourselves and more often than not over indulge in the foods we normally try to control.
So with this in mind, here are Pepper Hustle’s top 5 tips for surviving the festivities like a pro.
1. PORTION CONTROL
Our stomach doesn’t magically get bigger just because it’s Christmas Day. You want to have a little bit of everything. Don’t stuff yourself so much that you have to open the top button of your trousers and go for a lie down. It’s not a good feeling and no amount of food is worth feeling rubbish, bloated and swollen during quality family time.
Don’t neglect the ZZZ’s, if anything it is more important that you get good quality sleep over the festivities. You will feel more energised, full of life and ready to receive your next set of visitors. Don’t have yourself so drained that you are no fun and the only person you want to hang out with is your duvet.
Consumption of alcohol increases over the festivities as you’ll be in the chill zone. Or you’ll be in the crazy zone where a glass of wine or two will be essential to help you deal with the stress of surviving Christmas. We ALL love a tipple or two, which then stretches from lunch, into dinner, into the evening. Before you know it you have drank more than your fair share of the bubbles. Think water, accompany your regular tipple with regular water and you’ll feel so much better. Drinking lots of water will also help with both hydration and digestion. Let’s face it every little helps at this time of year!
4. SAY NO TO LEFTOVERS
It is always so tempting to eat that roast potato someone has left on their plate. To dip that extra bit of stuffing into the gravy jug as you are finishing off your glass of Christmas wine (my mouth just watered). No, don’t do it, leftovers mean that you’ve already finished your main meal, stand up and remove yourself from temptations way. Either remove yourself or the leftovers from the table and just say no.
5. GET OUT INTO THE FRESH AIR
As the food coma hits, the fire is blazing, and your trousers are cutting off circulation around your midsection. Stand up, put on your coat, hat and scarf and head out for walk. The fresh air will help revive your tired soul and also aid digestion.
Perhaps when you get home, treat yourself to a nice peppermint tea before cracking open your next bottle of beer or box of sweets.
6. ELASTICATED WAIST BAND
If your best-laid plans to follow the above 5 points fails, put on the tracksuit bottoms and enjoy every sip and every bite because one day isn’t going to kill you and it’s not worth feeling guilty about.
We hope you have the most wonderful time over Christmas and if you have any top tips for surviving please feel free to share!
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