The holidays are here again, and everyone is
excited about it. For so many people, it is time to travel to see loved ones,
and do so many wonderful things together.
‘What’s more, it all goes on for weeks.
During the holiday period, it’s only right to
celebrate. For some, the family is together to enjoy the period of festivity
and food—lots of food, sometimes maybe even too much food. Suffice to say temptations
are everywhere, and with the endless parties and travelling plans (shout out to
the Ibo people going to their hometowns) daily health routines often get
Here are a few tips to help you get through the
festive period in a healthy way.
It’s easy to get super busy during this festive
season and decide to leave exercise to the new year. However, this is the
absolute best time to keep moving your body, even if it’s as simple as a daily
walk, exercise will contribute towards the detoxification process, ensuring
your body is functioning effectively. Exercising first thing in the morning may
mean you have to get up a little earlier than normal, but it does ensure that
you get your workout done before other commitments and crises get in the way –
and it will kick start your metabolism for the rest of the day, helping your
body burn through all the party food you’re probably going to eat anyway.
Some call alcohol “empty calories” which not
only affects how we metabolize sugar and fat but also reduces our ability to
make wise decisions in relation to food. Alcohol will also affect your blood
sugar handling for the following 24 hours, making it harder for you to make the
right choice the following day in relation to your nutrition. Again, you are
more likely to binge eat while you crave sugary fatty foods even if you don’t
have a hangover.
If you’re going to eat dessert and drink
alcohol, then it’s a good idea to minimize carbohydrate consumption with the
main meal. Alcohol and high sugar foods all increase the secretion of insulin,
which promotes fat storage in the body. Try to eat mainly lean protein and low
starch vegetables for entre and main, that way you can kick your heels up a
little for dessert. We suggest some of grandmas famous Oha soup!
Drink bottled water and herbal teas to stay
hydrated during and between numerous parties. Many folks mistake dehydration
for hunger and overeat to satiate it. Dehydration mixed with excess alcohol
will only dehydrate you further and lead to binge eating. Having some green tea
to calm your belly down also helps so you can keep going without that bloated
Going out more and staying out later often means
cutting back on sleep. Sleep loss can make it harder to control your blood sugar,
and when you’re sleep deprived you’ll tend to eat more and prefer high-fat,
high-sugar food. Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night to guard against mindless
The body really doesn’t distinguish between
physical stress (like lack of sleep) and emotional stress (like work stress,
relationship stress, negative emotions). The human body creates the same
reaction to these types of stress – production of cortisol which can have many
knock-on effects to the body including increased inflammation, increased insulin/problematic
fat metabolism and decreased immune function. Remember, when you can, to let
your body rest, get adequate amounts of sleep and take time out to enjoy the
break from work.
On The Holiday To Connect With Family
Many adult children, however, balk at spending
the holidays with their parents. Instead, they opt to celebrate with friends or
even spend time at a resort. The holiday season is a special bonding time for
most families, as connections and memories are formed during family holiday
Remember the season is about celebrating, connecting
and sharing love with the people you care about so focus more on the fun while
keeping the people around you healthy.
Share this with your family and friends so they
too know how to keep healthy during the festive period.
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