If you are already feeling the health pinch of Christmas with office parties, family get-togethers and exercise regimes which have gone out the window, there are many simple and easy steps you can take to surviving the silly season.
Reign in the hangover.
Most of us have experienced it. The feeling you have a second heartbeat in your head, the churning stomach, the eyes which look like one big vein and the four cups of coffee, litre of water and glass of orange juice which haven’t worked.
Post-Christmas hangovers leave us under-performing, lacking energy and enthusiasm and can impact on the rest of the family.
Liver cells can process only a certain amount of alcohol per hour. If you drink alcohol faster than your liver can deal with it, the level of alcohol in your bloodstream rises which can lead to serious health conditions.
Battle of the bulge.
Statistics show that some of us may consume as much as 7,000 calories on Christmas day alone if you take into consideration the nuts, chocolates, crisps, lunch with full trimmings and, of course, the alcohol.
The burning, gnawing pain that come with heartburn or acid reflux means that Christmas can turn from merry to misery.
If your stomach feels more distended than Santa’s on Boxing Day, it may be the perfect day to slow down on the festive eating and allow your body to fully recover.
Quit the ciggies.
Quitting smoking can be extremely frustrating, especially if you have set yourself a New Year goal, and it may sometimes seem easier to give in to the cravings than to continue to fight them.
Some prescription medication which help curb the nicotine cravings can come with unwanted side effects such as nausea, headache, and insomnia. Many people turn to natural alternatives to help them get through the withdrawal symptoms of going cold turkey.
Drink like a fish – water, that is, not alcohol! Keeping hydrated will help you manage your hunger levels and make sure when you’re out, you’re not drinking alcohol to quench a thirst. To help keep your liver healthy, why not try some dandelion herbal tea at the end of the night to help clear toxins from the body and make your Boxing Day wake-up call easy.
Stock up on fresh, nutritious ingredients so it’s fast and easy to eat well when on Christmas day. Fill your trolley with super-sized supplies of salad vegies for healthy lunches and dinners, wholegrain breads and cereals for a good brekkie and lots of fresh summer fruit, yoghurt, nuts, hummus and grainy crackers for satisfying snacks.
Green tea has shown to help decrease the cravings for nicotine and soothe the nervous system. The leaves contain the active ingredient theanine, an amino acid which has the ability to reduce mental and physical stress. As little as two cups of green tea per day can help you on the path to a smoke-free life.