Christmas is a time of festive fun and we all deserve to enjoy a few hard-earned nights out and indulgent dinner during the holiday season.
That said, we all have the face the consequences of those party nights in January and making a few smart choices can make the trudge to the gym in a few weeks a little less painful.
We had a chat with Kelley Walsh Connor of Body Transformations Studio in Clongriffin to get some top tips on surviving silly season without undoing all of our hard work throughout the year.
1) If you’re going out for dinner and drinks, the easiest way to stay on track and not over-do the calories is to keep your carbohydrates and fats lower throughout the day. Try scrambled eggs and spinach for breakfast and a chicken salad for lunch.
2) High sugar and high fat foods are almost unavoidable at Christmas time but while you can’t control the nutritional value of these foods, you can control how much sugar and bad fats are in your regular meals. Avoid processed foods and eat high quality natural meals instead, while cooking your food in healthy fats like coconut oil.
3) Up your dosage of vitamin C as this helps with the detoxification of alcohol in the body.
4) Your sleep pattern can be really interrupted during Christmas time due to late nights and being out of routine. Broken sleep or lack of sleep can have a huge effect on your hormones and detoxification of your liver so it’s important that, where possible, you get good quality sleep.
Try not to use your phone just before bed and brush your teeth in dimmed lighting. Kelley also recommends reading a book or doing some meditation to relax your mind and body. If you wake during the night, try not to look at your phone for the time – trust that your alarm will go off when it’s supposed to.
4) Stay hydrated! Drink at least two litres of water a day, especially if you are drinking alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates the body and can make you feel pretty miserable the following day. Although water will help the next day, the tip is to make sure you stay hydrated before you go out.
5) Stay active! Most people have time off over Christmas so use this time to get out and get moving! Make it fun by doing something you wouldn’t normally do. Go ice skating, go hiking and take the kids out on their new bikes!
6) People tend to do the most damage the day after the night before so next up, we’ll deal with the dreaded hangover.
Carb cravings are through the roof due to the extra sugars in your bloodstream from all the alcohol so start your day with a protein based meal. This will help regulate your blood sugar levels and help prevent the carb cravings.