It is the season for reflection. It is the season for spending quality time with friends and family and it’s also the season to celebrate. To celebrate everything that you have achieved in 2019 and to also look forward to what’s going to come in 2020. It is also the season where routine is thrown out of the window and, well, it seems like there is a social event after social event. Prosecco after Prosecco. Mince pie after mince pie.
Elastic waisted trousers at the ready.
Is there any harm in enjoying yourselves?
Life is all about balance.
Okay, so we all know that the 24th, 25th and 26th are some pretty heavy eating days, but there is no need to feel overwhelmed by this. It is all about staying in control and being aware of what we put into our bodies, at the end of the day energy in energy out.
In the days leading up to it we can make some good choices that will allow for the festivities, making a conscious effort to make sure everything going into the body is clean, healthy and within sensible portion control.
Because those honey roasted parsnips and that ice cream on Boxing Day will be so much more worth it. We can treat our calories like a budget. It is the season where everyone will be spending a lot more, save on the days where you can and bank the numbers where you want them to count. That budget does also need to include alcohol. Yep, although it is liquid, alcohol can contain high calories, sugar and perhaps a hefty headache the next day.
Make water your best friend on the 30th and 31st. Hydration is key. 🔑
By the 1st of January 2020 there’s probably going to be quite a few toxins that we are wanting to get rid of and water can do a beautiful job of flushing out all that alcohol and sugars floating in our systems.
There is no harm in being the person that ordered a glass of water with their gin and tonic.
Lastly, move the body. December is a really easy period to lose that routine and end up being pretty sedentary, sitting for long periods of time on transport or even spending Christmas day on the sofa watching back-to-back films. We don’t have to go and hit a sub 3 minute Fran or attempt Murph, we can simply go for a walk, stretch or hit the dance floor on the 31st.
Remember to enjoy yourselves and keep the balance.
Merry Christmas 🎄