Have yourself a healthy little Christmas with these expert-recommended tips

Christmas is a time of indulgence. But don’t let it be a time of ill-health. Have a healthy Christmas by following these tips.
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Dr Archana Batra Updated: 24 Dec 2020, 02:48 pm IST
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Let’s face it: Christmas is the festival of overindulgence. People tend to celebrate this gala time with their family and friends in assistance with a variety of delicacies. It goes without saying that if you do not keep a check on your calorie and alcohol intake, it will definitely take a toll on your overall health. 

If you want to have a healthy Christmas and end the year with your fitness streak intact, then follow these tips: 
1. Get sufficient sleep

Christmas party or not, resolve to get sufficient sleep. Undisturbed sleep improves overall health, retains mental peace, and boosts concentration. On the other hand, sleep deprivation leads to obesity, depression, and various heart diseases.

To improve your sleep quality, cut down on your screen time at night, and decrease your alcohol and caffeine intake. Maintain a particular time to go to bed and wake up in the morning, even if you have late-night engagements.

2. Indulge in a healthy Christmas lunch

Try to make the Christmas lunch as healthy as possible. Select more leafy green vegetables while preparing the dishes. Use minimal oil and salt while cooking. You can also replace your regular cooking oil with extra virgin olive oil or canola oil. Choose lean meat like chicken over extra-fatty red meat like pork, lamb, and mutton.

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3. Keep an eye on your alcohol intake

Christmas is incomplete without drinks, cocktails, and mocktails. You need to be careful while consuming these drinks as they can cause various health problems like obesity, interrupted sleep, liver failure, and heart problems. Even if you are having wine, limit the number of glasses.

4. Hydration is key

The most effective and cheapest way to stay healthy this Christmas is by keeping yourself hydrated. During winter, we tend to avoid drinking water. Drink at least 3 to 4 litres of water to flush out the toxins from your body.

Increasing fluid intake will also help you to level up your brain function, along with replenishing water in cells and decreasing stress level. It will improve your skin as well by reducing the acne breakouts.

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5. Take multivitamin supplements

Amidst Christmas celebrations, we need to remember that winter is also the time for flu and other infections. To improve your immune system, take multivitamin supplements daily under medical guidance. They will help the body fight viruses that you might encounter during the celebration.

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6. Avoid overeating

Christmas feasts contribute to the maximum calorie intake. As a result, we tend to gain those extra kilos right after this festival. It is hard to resist the amazing Christmas dishes but if you end up overeating, they will result in heartburn and indigestion. Instead of having large meals all at one go, have small-sized meals in regular intervals. It will prevent you from overeating by fueling your body for a long time.

7. Manage stress

During this festive period, it is hard to keep calm. In order to maintain your peace of mind, practice some mindful habits. Observe your surroundings without criticism and pay attention to every small positive aspect around you. Practice to pay gratitude for the small things you have in your life. To soothe your nerves, practice at least 10 minutes of meditation with some soothing instrumental background music daily.

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Christmas comes once a year. It is not fair to restrict yourself from making the most of it. But whether or not you have healthy festivities is completely in your hands. By taking small healthy measures every day, you will end up enjoying the festival without much worry about gaining weight or falling ill. Along with the above-mentioned tips, try to avoid sugar and caffeine as much as possible during this winter season and make this Christmas extra-enjoyable.

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About the Author

Dr Archana Batra is a dietitian, physiotherapist, and a certified diabetes educator. Dr Archana has 12 years of experience in nutrition and diet counseling. She believes in maintaining healthy eating. Her specialization is on weight management diets and diets related to metabolic disorders like diabetes, high cholesterol levels, and hypertension etc. ...Read More

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