Christmas is the time of year when we overload, indulge and go totally all-out. Because it’s Christmas! Right?!
Christmas is an exciting time – full of family and feasts and celebrations – we don’t often say the words “healthy” and “Christmas” together! But just because it’s Christmas, doesn’t mean we have to throw all normal sense of proper nutrition out the window. Waiting for New Year to be healthy will preepmt a faddy, short term resolution that’s unlikely to stick (if you’re already thinking about your New Year’s Resolution, read this first). Last year, I created the Naughty and Nice list which worked really well for going out and eating out with friends and family. It was all about quantity and how to avoid going over the top with food and drink during the festive season! I can recommend you check it out if you have a few Christmas parties to go to and you want to avoid gaining weight.
This year, however, is more about quality. I’m focusing on the health benefits different foods can provide, knowing that fueling my body with the best possible ingredients will keep me feeling great and looking great all holiday! It’s a really refreshing mindset, knowing that I won’t have to count calories or macros this Christmas, because my body will be nourished and satisfied with the right amount of great quality foods, like it is everyday. As a side note, I work with food and nutrition every day so I have a really good eye for portions and knowing how many calories there are in foods now. Get to grips with portion control and knowing your macros first so that you’re not guessing.
Taking the steps to improve my health and happiness means taking responsibility for those things regardless of what day it is. Here’s 4 simple ways you can make this one a happy, healthy Christmas!
Thanks to Whey Ahead Organic Protein, I have now gone completely organic. Everything I eat at home is organic; all fruits and vegetables and even my meat is grass-fed organic too. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that I’m preparing the best possible foods for my body. Organic foods differ so greatly at a micro-nutrient level to that of their pesticide smothered, hormone-pumped counterparts. So skip the added toxins and other things that can harm your body this Christmas and enjoy delicious, nutritious food the way it is meant to be. #GoOrganic
Making your own desserts, sauces and stuffings from scratch (even better if with organic ingredients, too!) eliminates unnecessary consumption of additives, preservatives and filling agents that are found in the store-bought versions. These ingredients have absolutely no purpose for our bodies and often do more harm than good. Be the Clean Eating King this Christmas – and impress the in-laws! – by turning up with some delicious, homemade goodies. I’m making my own organic, raw chocolates for nutritious Christmas treats so watch out for the recipe coming soon!
I’m a huge meat lover. Gotta get that protein! However, non-organic, grain-fed animals produce a very low quality meat that is nutritionally inferior and carries way more toxins into your body. Since noticing the difference in going organic, I won’t be going back! Needless to say, that when I’m out and about it’s hard to find dishes that meet these impressively high standards I now hold for food. Especially at Christmas, menus seem to be much more decadent with extra sauces and flavours, so in order to limit the unhealthy stuff that can creep onto my plate, I’ll go veggie when eating out. Opting for the vegetarian option is a sort of ‘lesser of two evils’ compromise since non-organic vegetables are less harmful to the body than non-organic meat. Plus, I get to explore the parts of the menu I would never have normally discovered! Bonus 🙂
OK, so maybe going completely tea-total for Christmas is a little unrealistic, even for me! But there isn’t any harm (or buzzkill!) in cutting a few out. Replacing every other alcoholic drink with water, or even drinking on only every other social occasion, for example, are great ways of respecting your body and looking after it slightly more than you normally would this time of year. Plus, when you’re focusing on the best quality nutrition, you need to stay hydrated and healthy when it comes to drinks, too! When I do reach for glass, I have vodka or gin as it’s the best quality alcohol (if there is such a thing!) and least likely to cause hangovers with added nasties and sugars. I often avoid the extra sugars in mixers and have a dry martini with olives. Having said this, there’s something about a glass of wine that I just can’t turn down! Plus, you’ve heard about the heart-healthy benefits of red wine, right? 😉
I wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas!