All of us are excited to be going home around Christmas time. Leaving our sandpit for the comfort of either snow or family hugs feels like the perfect way of winding down after a long year!
This comes at a price though. We know that the family, friends, and in-laws will make it impossible for us not to indulge to a certain extent. Here are 5 tips to make it through Christmas break feeling good, healthy and guilt-free.
Make « magic water » 🙂
I simply love making these! They are colourful, tasty, and life saving during the holidays. Particularly if you’ve been missing your champagne like I have!
Whether you are anticipating getting weary of your glass of sparkling water at a Christmas dinner and consequently gobbling down anything the massive buffet has to offer for the rest of the evening, or whether you are staying at home enjoying some cosy family time, they will help you stay hydrated and eat moderately.
Orange & Thyme
This is the perfect mix if you are fighting off a cold or are adjusting to the colder temperatures of your hometown.
- Orange boosts your vitamin C levels: one large orange equals to 163% of your recommended intake
- Thyme has been proven to alleviate symptoms of colds and acute bronchitis.
Blueberries & Mint
For those of us experiencing nausea (or worse), this is the ideal hydrating mix!
- Blueberries are the queen of antioxydants! They help keep our body free of toxins.
- The strong aroma of mint is refreshing and helps fight nausea as well as headaches. Besides, it contributes to activating the salivary glands in our mouth, thereby making digestion smoother.
Bring them to Christmas parties (every other girl in the room will love them) or make them at home everyday for tea time.
Have a healthy snack before heading to Xmas parties
Anything filling and nutrient-rich works:
- Cucumber sticks & carrots with hummus
- A chia pudding
- A yoghurt with agave syrup and oats flakes
- A homemade raw bar
- 2-3 rice cakes with peanut butter
Ensure rest evenings and days
It is a blessing to be home and get to see all the people you love over the course of one or two weeks, but it can also be exhausting if you don’t arrange rest days AND evenings. By doing so you will:
- Avoid compensating with food for the fatigue you are experiencing.
- Get to cook what your body needs and not what your senses crave.
- Get to drink tea or more magic water instead of eating out of beverage boredom!
You have the perfect excuse to claim rest days. Use it twice a week, make a list of priority visits, nobody has to know and get offended.
Make soup every 3-4 days
On your free evening, make soup! Chances are you are spending this break in a rather cold place. Soups are easy to make and to pack with good ingredients. They also give our digestive system a break from all the tea times, heavy dinners, or family snacks that have been having. Use the following ingredients immoderately:
- Lentils are a great thickening option: they are rich in protein (36% of your RDA in a cup), iron (37%) and folic acid (90%).
- Ginger: Scientific studies have shown that 1-1.5g of ginger was proven to reduce nausea and vomiting, improve digestion, and reduce menstrual cramps (Consequently, I assume it also helps with the constant lower abdominal pain some of us experience).
- Dark green vegetables you tend to dislike consuming raw: kale, spinach, broccoli have wonderful properties and hide easily into a warm soup.
Enjoy Christmas treats guilt-free
Once you have followed these first four tips, chances are you have guaranteed some moderation over the break. So no need to feel guilty if tonight your mum has made a wonderful chocolate cake or bûche like we do here in France. Enjoy and go back to your guidelines tomorrow!
Merry Christmas everyone 🙂