How to recover from the Christmas binge

Published: Thursday 28th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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You may be feeling as stuffed as a festive turkey, but these tips will see you right for the new year.

We’ve rounded up our five top suggestions for getting healthier after the Christmas binge.

Be active

Although it might be difficult to stay motivated in the cold weather, exercise is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy. This doesn’t have to be a hardcore regime and can be as simple as taking a brisk walk, cycle or even doing some gardening.

Another way to introduce more exercise into your life is finding something you love doing, whether this is a spin class, a dance workshop or sports group. Why not make it your New Year’s resolution?

Stock up on supplies

After indulging so much, it can be easy to fall back into old habits of snacking on sugary food and drink. Be sure to stock up on cupboard essentials, such as soups, spices, pasta, rice and cereals, so that you always have something to munch on and avoid the temptation to order a high-calorie takeaway.

Your freezer is also your best friend when it comes to staying on track with a balanced diet. Batch cook hearty and nutritious meals like stews, casseroles and curries, and freeze portions for when you want an easy meal in a hurry.

Food swaps

At Christmas, we all love to treat ourselves to our favourite (often unhealthy) foods. You can still enjoy the fun of the party by making a few healthy choices and swapping out nibbles that are high in fat, salt and sugar.

For example, go for a tomato-based dip instead of those made with cream or cheese, choose unsalted nuts instead of the ones doused in sugar, and opt for baked potatoes instead of roasties.

Know your drinks

You can do the same with drinks. December is full of temptation when it comes to hot chocolates and flavoured coffees, not to mention the alcohol. Try sticking to teas and regular coffees, rather than those topped with whipped cream and filled with syrups, or ask for it to be made ‘skinny’ with skimmed milk.

Veg out

We’re not talking about lounging on the sofa all day. Instead, we’re referring to actual vegetables. Introducing more fruits and veggies into your diet will give your body essential vitamins and minerals.

When you’re out shopping, look for seasonal root vegetables, such as swedes, parsnips and turnips. They’re great for adding to soups, stews, and even go with a tummy-warming roast dinner.

If you want any more tips on how to stay healthy during the winter, the NHS website is full of useful resources.

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Published: Thursday 28th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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