As the weather starts to warm up, our days and nights becoming filled with Christmas Parties and catch ups with friends and family. Food and drinks, more food and drinks and even more food and drinks!!
It’s all too easy to allow the festive season to become an excuse to let ourselves go. We tend to eat more of the wrong things, drink more alcohol than usual and let our fitness plans fall by the wayside. Sure we want to let our hair down, but it doesn’t mean we should forget to look after ourselves. It should be a relaxing time for recharging our batteries, not a frenzy of bad health choices and habits.
Staying healthy during this time of year involves some planning, determination and the ability to follow through on the promises you’ve made to yourself.
Here are some tips for enjoying a healthier festive season this year
Avoid going hungry to parties. Eating something light beforehand will reduce the chances of snacking on high calorie party food. If you normally snack on fruit or carrot sticks in the afternoon add some yogurt, nuts or cheese.
Less alcohol, more water!! Drinking plenty of water during a night out will help your kidneys detoxify your blood more effectively and will keep dehydration at bay.
The human liver needs time to process alcohol and can only handle so much at a time, so drink alcohol slowly. Alternate one alcoholic drink with one non-alcoholic drink such as still or sparkling water.
Topping up your glass can lead to losing count of the amount of alcohol you have been drinking. So finish one glass before accepting a top-up. Know your own limits with alcohol and stick to them.
If your local gym or team sporting activities shut down over Christmas, that doesn’t mean you should stop exercising. The trick to keeping up with fitness is to do it at home and around your own neighbourhood.
Set aside at least 20 minutes per day for some kind of exercise. A brisk walk or jog (if the weather isn’t too hot), Pilates or even a mini circuit at home. Anything to get your heart rate up and move those muscles.
Get out and about with your kids and family. Backyard or beach cricket, bike riding or swimming are all great things to enjoy in the summer months.
If you are travelling, use the facilities at caravan parks, motels and resorts. Use the gym or even hire the tennis court if there is one available.
Ask for a gym membership as a Christmas present. That way you can stay fit all year round. enerG+ has a number of membership and gift voucher options available.
Keep your exercise routine simple but consistent during this time of year.
Do give yourself a little treat though! This recipe may also double up as Christmas gifts!
Salted Raw Chocolate Macaroons
1/3 cup (40g) cacao powder
2 tbs coconut oil, melted
1 tbs hulled tahini
2 tbs maple syrup
2 handfulls of coconut flakes
Handful of macadamia nuts
Pick salt flakes
Small handful of mixed dried cranberries, blueberries and goji berries
Mix the cacao, coconut oil, tahini and maple syrup together until you get a think paste. Next, mix the remaining ingredients through. Roll into rustic macaroon shapes, place on a lined baking tray and place in the fridge to set (this will only take an hour or so). Keep the treats in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Enjoy!!