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Tips on staying healthy through the Christmas period!

Would you love to know how to get through this Christmas period as a happy, healthier version of yourself?
It is so easy to overindulge at this crazy time of year isn’t it? We are much more social, catching up with colleagues, friends, family and loved ones and that often means that we end up making poor health choices and regretting what we have eaten and drank.
That is why we thought that we would share some incredible tips from the Health Hub Holiday Survival Guide, where the experts have put together a list of tips and tricks that you can apply to this festive season, so you can not only enjoy the parties and family occasions, but most importantly not feel guilty about the affect it will have on your appearance and vitality.
The 4 P’s – Planning-Prevents-Poor-Performance.
Making sure you are prepared for each day is the key to ensuring you don’t derail your health. Keeping a diary will allow you to plan your day, making sure all of the important things are prioritised and the small stuff doesn’t take up your time. Simply start by making small changes, such as booking into an exercise class, going for a walk with a friend, or even making sure you have your food prepared for the following day or week.
Protein
Protein is the building block for repair. A benefit of consuming enough protein throughout the day is you can stay fuller for longer, allowing you to go through your day without being tired and hungry. A few selections of protein can be grass fed meats, free range organic chicken, turkey, nuts, beans and legumes.
Set yourself up for success
  1. We know that Christmas time can be full of delicious food. If you’re hosting your family and friends this Christmas break, show your gratitude and love of their visit by sending them home with some treats and food from the day. It’ll prevent these foods being wasted or consumed in large by you!
  2. Make sure you always have your water bottle on hand as dehydration can be regularly mistaken for hunger. It’s always helpful and handy to have a snack on hand so you don’t make bad decisions when you’re hungry – because let’s face it, you’re not you when you’re hungry.
  3. Don’t show up at someone’s house starving and ravenous. Without hesitation you can speed through the hors d’oeuvres spread like a reindeer through the night sky. Have a protein based snack before you arrive. Kick the hunger curb before the big event to avoid becoming a holiday human vacuum cleaner.
Drinking
We all know that we can overindulge during the festive season, so making cleaner choices can make just that little difference. Red wine and white spirits like vodka and gin can contribute to feeling better the following morning, meaning you’re more likely to wake up and stay on track with your healthy eating.
Get Moving
Incidental exercise can account for up to 70% of your daily calorie out-take each day. Small changes like taking the stairs where possible or parking further away from the centre can make a big difference. If you don’t have a fitness tracker such as a Fitbit, Apple Watch or Garmin, there is still time to let Santa know!
Environment
Surround yourself with active positive people.
Choose your inner circle wisely. The people you choose to spend the most time with will most often reflect the type of relationships you have, the wealth you attract and the lifestyle you lead.
Hopefully these little reminders are right in time to help you come out the other side of Christmas looking and feeling more like yourself, rather than Santa.
We really do wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year and can’t wait to see you in 2021.
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