Top 5 Tips for a Healthy Christmas

Christmas is a jolly season, isn`t it? But a lot of stress, plenty of unhealthy food and alcohol makes us feel not very healthy and refreshed after it. With our tips this wonderful time, spent with friends, families and loved ones can be restful!

1. Reducethe stress

Healthy Christmas: the kid opening the present

Of course, very organized people start buying their Christmas presents in July. But if you are not among them, don`t panic. Get a list of people you are going to buypresents. Making lists is not useless, remember Santa always does it. When youhave it written down, think about your budget and what can you buy for different groups of people from the list. Good to have options. If there are kids in your list, better consult with their parents.

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Stay relaxed and remember that first of all Christmas gifts are about telling how you care about others, they shouldn`t always be expensive. Buy some extra presents, for example chocolates, just in case you forget somebody or you have unexpected guests arrive bearing gifts.

Family members involved in activities are less likely to get into arguments, so plan for something to do as a group.  

2. Get enough sleep

Healthy Christmas: a man sleaping with a Christmas tree

It is obvious, but only a few adults during the Christmas preparations remember this recommendation. Almost 40% of Americans get 6 hours or even less of sleepat night. But having restful nights will give you energy and patience to spend Christmas as a jolly holiday.

3.  Stay active

It`s hard to stick to your fitness regime when you`re at home? But exercise is a greatway to reduce stress as it burns off hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline and helps produce mood-enhancing endorphins. Try going for a walk after dinner asthe fresh air and exercise will lift your mood and make you feel better. If it`s possible play active games with your kids or friends outdoors or go bowling or dancing.

4. Eat well

Don’t go to a party on an empty stomach! If you`ll have a light healthy meal before, youwon`t fill-up on high-calorie food. Control the portions. Even if you want to sample all that it is on a Christmas dinner table, don`t take too much. Try to eat not only meat or pastries but vegetables as well. If you cook yourself, tryto do it from the scratch. Unfortunately, most ready-made meals from supermarkets are often over-processer and contain too much sugar, fat, salt, preservatives and flavor enhancers in it.

5. Drink responsibly

Do not drink on an empty stomach, especially if you have digestive problems.  Avoid excessive alcohol as it dehydrates your body and makes your liver work overtime to process it. Better intersperse alcoholic drinks with soft ones. Mixing spirits with fruit juices, or making alcoholic smoothie-like cocktails provides useful nutrients to counteract the alcohol and may even help ward off a hangover. 

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