Silly Season Survival Guide with Fithealth Nutrition
The silly season is fast approaching with only 13 days until the Big Man in a Suit arrives. However, this is not an invitation to let everything go. You will still have to cope with working, and if you are in hospitality or retail this probably means longer hours and longer working weeks! If you are lucky enough to have time off, then you have to juggle the relatives, the kids, the dog, the catering and the dreaded hangovers!
There are things you can do to help keep your body running efficiently so that you don't collapse into a heap come January. The following tips put together by the Fithealth Nutrition Team will help to support your body and mind while you run head first into the Christmas Spirit, Christmas Parties and Family Gatherings this festive season has to offer!
The first thing that tends to go out the window in festive periods is good old fashioned H20! Your body is made up of about 70% water, so needless to say you need water to function properly. Drinking water helps to flush out toxins, which most of us need with the extra drinking the festive season can offer.
Plus, water helps to naturally boost the immune system, clear the mind for improved concentration and puts you in a good mood. Did I mention it is also good for the skin? Water will help with moisturise the skin from the inside, keeping it glowing, smooth and fresh (which is perfect for the multitude of events you are about to attend!).
If you are worried about how much water you are (or aren't) drinking this festive season, then consider investing in a 2.2L Big Bottle by Big Bottle Co. Alternatively, if you like filtered, alkaline water, Pete Evens Little Penguin Bottles are a perfect on the go filtered option!
At the very least try and maintain regular sleep patterns as much as possible throughout the holidays. Sleep is vital for your body to undertake natural processes responsible for regeneration and rejuvenation.
Plan ahead- if you know you have a few late nights booked in then work around it to ensure your body is getting good rest. Use the days/nights before and after the event to be at home, relax and go to bed on time. Your body and mind with thank you if you aim for about 8 hours sleep per night.
Still struggling to get a good nights sleep? Consider taking a sleep formula to help promote a restful nights sleep.
Diet is usually one of the first things to fly out the window as we get busy with events and Christmas. However, this is the main reason it becomes even more important to maintain a healthy diet as much as possible on the days and nights you aren't out socialising.
Ensure meals at home are full of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and good quality dairy foods. Avoid prepackaged and take-away foods as much as possible, and try and resist the urge to buy junk food.
Fun Tip: Make up a plate full of vegetable sticks with a nice dip, or a fresh fruit platter as a junk food alternative. Healthy Grazing Platters are great alternatives to heavy meals, and allow everyone to help themselves to easy, fresh food options. Add some raw nuts to your platters for a good alternative to salted and roasted options.
Heading out for the day? Take a packed Lunch. We have a variety of Lunchboxes that offer leakproof ideas to take out and about!
This time of year should be about reflection, family and love. This includes Self-Love- and often it is the first one we forget. Ensure you have some time out in a peaceful environment, either at home or out with nature, to wind down and relax. This will give your body and mind time to recover from the craziness of Christmas.
Many of the gyms and fitness studios are shutting down for the Christmas Period, so it can be hard to maintain a routine. If you don't have access to a 24 hour gym (It might be time to look at some options) then at least make sure you are up and moving once a day.
Create some healthy habits and take the whole family for a post-breakfast or post-dinner walk to improve digestion and blood flow. You will feel better for being outside, get a daily dose of Vitamin D and it provides some great family bonding time.
Skin Care Routine
Lastly, make sure you keep up to date with your skin care routine. Many of us wear more make-up or are eating different foods at this time of year, all of which can play havok on our skin. After all, the skin is the largest human organ so we need to take care of it.
If you don't have a skin care routine, then it can be a good chance to look at the Dr Roebuck's Skin Care Range. This offers a range of cleansers, wash, toner and moisturiser to suit everyone.