7 Healthy Eating Tips For The Holidays

Merry Christmas lovelies 💋💋

Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health – HHS

Below are healthy eating tips you should abide by especially during the holidays

1. Eat with small plates, eat slowly and don’t over eat

Eating with small plates can help you eat in small portions over the Christmas and New year holidays. Slow and conscious eating benefits include, better digestion, better hydration, easier weight loss maintenance, and greater satisfaction with your food. Meanwhile, eating quickly leads to poor digestion, increased weight gain, and lower satisfaction.

2. Eat mindfully– Mindful eating is an effective weight-loss strategy that encourages you to slow down and pay attention to your food, noticing each sip or bite you take. Mindful eating is an approach to food that focuses on individuals’ sensual awareness of the food and their experience of the food. Benefits includes-Easier digestion, weight loss, increased enjoyment of the food and reduced food cravings.

3. Avoid or limit alcohol/Stay hydrated

Drinking less this holidays will reduce your risk of developing serious health issues such as cancer, liver or heart disease and could contribute to lowering your blood pressure. A lot of people at this time of the year places their liver in the hands of God, but truth be told, Mindful and Moderate alcohol consumption is the only way to save yourself from untimely hospital visits. And while you’re out drinking away the season, and you end up with hangover, take a lot of fluids (water, tea, coffee) and eat early to help you gain strength to survive the day. Also, Staying well-hydrated helps your body function properly, and it also helps make sure you don’t overeat.

4. Sleep more/Reduce stress

According to study, the best time of sleep is getting into bed between 8pm and 12 pm and the strongest sleep time is between 2am and 4am. Healthy sleep can help your body better regulate blood sugar levels, keep your immune system functioning properly and even improve your heart health by decreasing stress. Sleep also helps you function effectively throughout the day. It’s benefits also include-improved memory, helps maintain weight, puts you in a better mood, reduce your chances of type 2 diabetes, sleep is a natural pain killer.

5. Always keep moving

Moving your body either by exercising or walking or doing house chores gets your heart beating and your blood flowing. Other benefits includes-increased flexibility, increased strength and endurance, better control of body fat, regulation of blood sugar and improved immune function. This long holidays please endeavour to constantly move your body. You can run errands, help out in the kitchen, help with chores and constantly cleaning your sleeping area and surroundings. Whenever you feel lazy, play your favourite music, pick up a mop/broom stick or you can rearrange your space, and also partake in fun activities with family and friends. You can also take morning or evening walks with a family member or even few of your family members, it’s another avenue to connect socially.

6. Endeavour to eat more fruits and Vegetables

A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check. Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. When it’s time to dig into that Christmas rice and chicken, don’t forget the fruits and vegetables, especially salad and (or) coleslaw.

7. Promote mental exercises/fitness/brain training

Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and shouldn’t be neglected. Mental fitness means keeping your brain and emotional health in tip-top shape. Promoting mental exercises can help you reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Keeping your mind mentally fit isn’t as difficult as it seems. You can add mental exercises to the many activities you already perform, such as: reading, Yoga, daydreaming, finding humor in everything, trying something new/learning a new skill, building vocabulary, playing cards with family, jigsaw puzzle, chess and so on. Do what makes u mentally alive over this holiday.

In conclusion, there’s a popular saying ‘awoof de run belle’. We should be mindful of all free food and drink that enters our body. And lastly, ‘one should eat to live, not live to eat’. . We shouldn’t forget the reason for the season.

SEASONS GREETINGS TO ALL 💃🏾❤

By Chrisville Wellness Club 🌹

Chrisville wellness Club is a health and selfcare advocate platform to inform and educate young and old about the essence of mental and physical health.

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Haleemah Al-sadiya is a natural hair and skincare blogger living and working in Lagos. She works a 9-5 job whilst building her passion about sharing her natural hair journey, skincare regimen and also her experience in the beauty industry.

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