With the Festive season upon us, the words “Happy Christmas” are on everyone’s lips. And, while we would like to join in with this overall sentiment, we’d also like to wish you A Healthy Christmas.
This does not mean you need to drink water, eat steamed vegetables and assume the Lotus position. But Christmas can lead to us feeling uncomfortable, lethargic and even stressed out, when it should be a time to relax. So, a healthier Christmas is also likely to be a happier Christmas.
It might be helpful to remind yourself of our five simple tips before you launch yourself headlong into the 12 days of Christmas:
Be mindful of your consumption
The average person consumes a whopping 3,000 calories in their Christmas lunch alone – more than the entire daily intake for an adult man.
Our digestive systems often respond to this by becoming sluggish – hence why so many of us fall asleep after our meal.
We may develop heartburn, our clothes may become tight and uncomfortable and we may feel irritable.
Why not consider eating a regular sized meal instead? You can still have everything you enjoy, just less of it. Pause after 20-minutes to see if you are full as you are likely to enjoy the rest of the day more if you don’t overeat in one sitting.
Don’t have so many tipples you topple!
There is also the temptation at Christmas is to drink far too much. The mulled wine at the Festive market, the Christmas drinks with friends, the aperitif before lunch, the bottle of Rioja, the port, the champagne on New Years Eve… it goes on.
We all know that too much booze is bad for us but common sense can go out of the window at Christmas. Try to keep an eye on how much you are drinking and intersperse alcohol with soft drinks or sparkling water to keep you hydrated.
Just about every other day of the year, most of us are busy moving about – walking, working, doing housework, shopping and other daily chores. Christmas Day is extraordinary in that many of us spend it in a kind of Festive torpor, preferring to sit and watch TV for hours rather than getting up and about.
It is better for you, and will help your digestion, to move about a bit on the big day. Go for a walk, take the children out on their bikes or even play charades.
You can still enjoy the Festive telly but your body will thank you for not plonking it down on the sofa all day.
Christmas is a peak time for stress and it’s easy to see why. All of us place so much emphasis on having “the perfect Christmas” that we are setting ourselves up for stress and disappointment.
If you can, try to let go of unrealistic ideals this Christmas. Do what you can to try and ensure that everyone has a nice day but don’t end up frazzled yourself as a result.
After all, it is your day too. Does it really matter if the gift wrapping falls short of perfect or you’ve forgotten the brandy butter? Take the pressure off yourself and everyone will have a better day. Remember too, it is only one day.
Make a Health Plan for 2018
Once the madness of Christmas is over, there are typically a few quiet days where you can breath a sigh of relief. This gap is a great time for forward planning. Look forward to joining a gym or taking up a new exercise class in the new year. Research things like your ideal weight for your height and age so you can be realistic with your goal-setting.
Also, think about how you can best seek help to achieve your objectives, from personal trainers, to dieticians or medical experts. Health Screening can be one way to ensure your health is in the best order, and you are aware of any areas of risk as you move into the new year.
A visit to our Harley Street centre helps you to take a preventive approach to your health and the health of your family.
Our centre is open from 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Telephone: 0207 935 7501