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8 Tips For A Healthier and Merrier Christmas

This coming Christmas, we all have things to do and people to be with. Here are a few tips that will help in making a merrier and much healthier holiday season.

 

8. Focus on having fun, not food (Enjoy!)

Christmas is associated with certain foods like Keso de Bola or Ham. But don’t be bothered if you can’t afford to make all the needed dishes. Instead, focus on spending extra time with your family since this is an extra special occasion, right?

7. Change your Habits (Don’t just lay around during your holiday vacation)

The habit: Staying physically active during the holidays.

The result: Gaining less weight over the years.

The proof: A study conducted by the U.S. government found adults gained, on average, more than 1 kilo of body weight during the holidays – and that they were not at all likely to shed that weight the following year.

6. Slow Down on the Alcohol

Alcohol can interfere with your blood sugar by slowing the release of glucose into the bloodstream; it also contains a lot of calories – 89 calories per glass of white wine or champagne, 55 calories in a shot of rum, and 170 calories in a bottle of beer. What’s more, alcohol breaks down your inhibitions and judgment, which makes you that much less likely to resist the junk foods that you would otherwise be able to pass up.

5. Eat Fruit

And I don’t just mean that apple on your lechon’s mouth ok? Eat lots of fruit and balance your diet so you won’t regret it next year.

4. Don’t Stress

We’re already stressed with a lot of stuff 364 days in a year. At least set aside this one day to just enjoy. Whether you’re cooking or just spending time with the family, avoid overthinking your decisions this Christmas.

3. Keep diseases away

Colds are rampant this Christmas, partly because of the weather and the exposure to a lot of viruses with people outside or maybe due to traveling. Minimise your risks by maintaining a healthy immune system (eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and not smoking will help), so you are more able to fight off any viruses.

2. Think before you eat

Don’t just feed yourself with whatever food is available on the table. Think if any dish is unhealthy for you or minimize the amount you’re going to consume.

1. Do something for others (Top Priority)

I know we only get few days in a year to really celebrate but don’t forget that not everyone is given the chance to indulge in this holiday like you. If you have the opportunity to share your blessings or to help the people around you this Christmas, don’t hesitate.

 

Sources: Reader’s Digest & Realbuzz.com

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