by Lizzy Cole
Christmas and health aren’t exactly synonymous. However, I’m a big believer in keeping things as balanced as possible, regardless of the time of year. Therefore, I’ve put together a few simple health hacks you can follow to prevent yourself from falling off the bandwagon completely, without spoiling any of the holiday fun.
We all know too much alcohol isn’t great for us. However, some foods are known to reduce cellular damage caused by booze. Whilst this isn’t an invitation to drink all you want, strawberries, asparagus, and pear juice have been shown to alleviate some of the consequences should you have one too many.
Staying on an even kilo
To prevent any, err… unwanted baggage come New Year, try to stay hydrated; dehydration is often confused with hunger and can mess with digestion. Salt can make things worse, so swap over-processed snacks for foods with a high water content, such as melon, cucumber and carrot.
Cold air and central heating can lead to a whole host of skin issues. Help your skin by staying clear of inflammatory foods, such as coffee and added sugars (yes, this includes ‘natural sugars’ like honey and agave). Also remember to moisturise morning and night for soft, angel-like skin.
Prancing, dancing and enhancing fitness
Debating over what to have for Christmas lunch? Choose turkey; it’s the leanest source of animal protein and high in leucine; an important amino acid for maintaining muscle mass. Keeping moving over the holidays will also help maintain muscle and enhance your metabolism. As if we needed an excuse to go Christmas shopping…!
It’s easy to overdo it over the holidays, but don’t beat yourself up if your eating, drinking, exercise or skincare routine starts to slip. Just try to bring the balance back the next day, evening or meal by trying out one of my health hacks. Most importantly, have a wonderful Christmas, full of family, friends and laughter; my favourite holiday health hack of them all.