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Staying healthy during the festive period

Lifeland Team

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 disrupted.
Here are a few tips to help you get through the festive period in a healthy way.

Don’t Stop Exercising

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.

Drink Moderately

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.

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Watch The Calorie Intake

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!

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Stay Hydrated

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 feeling.

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Rest

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 eating.
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.

 

Leverage 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 adventures.
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.

 

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