Christmas is the time to be merry and jolly. We love Christmas in my house and in our office. Unfortunately, a lot of the food that is consumed around this time of year will leave you feeling decidedly ‘unmerry’ and ‘unjolly’ in the months or years to come.
There are two things that I believe make a very merry and jolly Christmas while also keeping you on track to feeling the same way – or better – by the time January rolls around.
Balance and Planning ... it doesn’t have to be boring I promise !
Both balance and some prior planning when it comes to your food and health around Christmas time really can support you in all of your goals to ensure you really thrive in your life both over Christmas and afterwards too. Here are some ideas to get you started:
We love egg nog in our house and we’ll be drinking it all over Christmas time. But, the key difference is that the recipe that we make uses coconut milk, free range eggs and monk fruit (see the recipe we love here) to ensure we’re feeding our body really healthy fats and low amounts of sugar while also getting into the Christmas spirit.
If you go to a party at friends or family, consider eating something really healthy before you go or taking a healthy version of a traditional dish with you to share. Honestly, you’ll find that your healthy dish will be the first to go.
How about taking a small piece of something sweet from home (dark chocolate or a few goji berries) instead of having desert when you’re out?
If you’re having a late night one evening, see if you can plan to stay at home the next night to catch up on your sleep. Your body will thank you and may even reward you with the memory of an even happier Christmas because you took care of yourself and didn’t become depleted as the season went on.
If you do have a late night, consider taking a cold shower the next morning. The cold water wakes your brain up, increases your oxygen intake, boosts your energy, improves your mood, gives you immune system a boost and makes your skin clearer by tightening the pores. Now if these aren’t enough reasons to use this suggestion I’m not sure what is !
Create some new Christmas traditions – consider gathering your family or friends together to wrap up warm (in Bermuda but especially if you’re heading to wintery climates) to go for a lovely long Christmas Eve or Boxing Day walk through a wooded area, forest or nature reserve. Or consider volunteering to do some good for someone else around this time.
Intermittent fasting is all the rage right now and for good reason – if we overindulge one evening and we’re in the usual habit of not eating until later in the day each day your body has a chance to use up some of that overindulgence before feeding again.
If your social calendar is busy, busy, busy at this time of year then consider declining an invitation here and there and ensuring you have some time at home every weekend so that you don’t feel over burdened by the Christmas planning that you want (or have) to do.
Take a look on youtube and see if you can find a guided meditation that you may like to try. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, generate kindness, enhance self-awareness, improve sleep and promote emotional health. Worth a try surely?
And finally, every action starts with a thought. If you tell yourself that it’s pointless trying to remain on track with your health plans and that you just know that you’ll gain lots of weight or eat unhealthily over the holiday times, then this is certainly what will happen. If you tell yourself that you are the kind of person that enjoys being social around this time, but that makes decisions to look after them self and gets outside for lots of fresh air and exercise as part of their social activities then you’ll have FAR more chance of that being your reality and being in a place that you feel proud of by the time January arrives.
Have a think where you can easily get out of balance and put some plans in place to ensure your body remains in some resemblance of equilibrium.
Realise that this is your life. Live your life consciously and out of choice. It is so easy to get swept away by what everyone else is doing but if that hasn’t meant that you’ve thrived in your life up to this point then it likely won’t mean that you’ll thrive in your life going forward.
I’m sure that you’ll enjoy this Christmas time far more if you’re able to do some of these things.
Merry Christmas to you all.
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