Eat, drink and be merry…

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but with all the Xmas festivities taking place, it can be a time of excess and this can throw our healthy eating and our best intentions out of the window, especially with the cold and dark weather! Mulled wine and mince pies, eggnog lattes and canapes…

So how to stay healthy this festive season? Here are some tips for the silly season:

  • Vitamin D – According to research this year, most of us are deficient of this important vitamin here in the UK. So when the sun shines get outside! And take a vitamin D supplement.
  • Water – Try to drink a minimum of 2l a day! With the cold outdoors and the heating indoors, this can be very dehydrating.
  • Sleep – Get as much sleep as you can this winter, the body needs it! So have a power nap when you can, to make sure you’re well rested for all the parties : )
  • Soups and stews – Comfort food seems like a necessity at this time of year, so indulge in homemade soups and stews, they can be very healthy and pack them full of veg.
  • Alcohol – Swap you wine for champers or vodka with a slimline mixer – you can save 50 cals per glass!
  • Treats should be treats, not habits! But don’t deprive yourself, it is all about moderation and finding your balance.
  • Get outdoors to exercise as much as you can! The fresh air is invigorating, clearing hangovers and making your skin peachy pink.
  • But mostly, just enjoy yourself! Try to have as much fun as you can with friends and family, and don’t worry overly much about your diet. Don’t forget to dance, and that high heals are great for toning your legs : )

PS: According to the English Institute of Sport, mulled wine is good for us! This would be due to the antioxidant properties of the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves) and the flavonoids in the wine which help protect our immune system.

‘Too much of a good thing can be wonderful’ Mae West