Thrivosity’ s top 10 Ways to Have a Healthier Christmas
Christmas generally is seen as a time to indulge, but don’t let this be the green light to overindulge! You can still enjoy all the festivities of the season and get through the Christmas period without too much impact on your health and waistline. Try out Thrivosity top10 tips for a healthier and happier Christmas.
- Move that booty
You don’t need to plonk yourself on the sofa all day and watch all your favourite variety shows! Encourage the family and take your pets our for a walk – ideally after dinner to help with digestion.
- Go Easy on The Cocktails and Christmas Cheer
With family and friends coming to stay and long catch up sessions, alcohol units can really mount up. Mulled wine on Christmas eve, Bucks Fizz with breakfast, wine with dinner, Baileys, brandy… the list goes on! Try to keep tabs on how much you are drinking and intersperse alcoholic drinks with soft ones. Don’t forget to stock up on Thrivosity’ s Probiotic 3in1 Liver detox your stomach and liver will be high fiving you in the morning.
- Stuffing is for pillows
Recent research suggests that we consume around 3,000 calories in our Christmas dinner – more than the entire recommended daily intake for a grown man!
This huge feast not only contributes to weight gain but also to indigestion and heartburn – not to mention lethargy for the rest of the day, reducing the chances of you burning much of it off. Instead of gorging yourself on Christmas dinner, eat a normal-sized meal and then take a 20-minute break to see if you are still hungry (it takes this long for the brain to register that the stomach is full). The chances are, you’ll realise you’ve had enough.
- Keep Colds at Bay
Colds are rife at Christmas, partly because many of us travel around the country, exposing ourselves – and others – to different cold viruses. 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. We recommend that you stock up on Thrivosity’ s Phenol Plus a potent antioxidant together with Thrivosity’ s Immune enhancer Chitosan.
- Ho, Ho, Ho, tis the season to try not stress…
Tis the season to be jolly’ but jolly is the last thing many of us feel with overspending, cooking, cleaning, endless ‘to do’ lists and visitors we could do without. Try to keep a sense of humour and proportion. Is it really the end of the world if the carrots are overcooked or if the mantelpiece is a bit dusty? Do you really care about Great Aunt Hilda’s disapproval of how you run your house? Remember, Christmas is just one day out of 365 and it isn’t worth stressing over.
- Try being a fruit bat
Let’s be honest, most of us get through the entire Christmas period eating no more fruit than the rice paper wrappers of White Rabbit toffees. Somehow, we just don’t seem to give fruit a time to shine on the menu over this period. Ensure that your Christmas shopping list enables you to fill up the fruit bowl and get your recommended daily portions of fruit and veg. (And no, Sauvignon Blanc doesn’t count as one portion!)
- Sharing is caring
Try to do something for others this festive season, whether it’s baking some extra mince pies for an elderly neighbour or donating gifts to a local charity. Giving is contagious, spread the love.
- Be Mindful of what you pop in your mouth
Christmas is a time of plenty, and with nuts, chocolates, mince pies and cheese straws wherever you look, it would be rather Scrooge-like to suggest that you don’t eat any treats over the festive period! But rather than mindlessly popping whatever is in front of you in your mouth, spend a moment thinking about whether you really want it, or are just eating it because it’s there. be mindful of everything you pop into your mouth.
- Play games that make you laugh
Keep your mind active by playing games like Trivial Pursuit or Charades or monopoly. This is also a great way of getting everyone together. Laughing also consumes calories.
- Don’t poison the guests
To minimise the risks of food poisoning during December, our hottest month of the year in South Africa – don’t leave food out all day. Whatever meat you are preparing always defrost it in the fridge, allowing 10 to 12 hours per kilo.
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From all of us at Thrivosity we wish you a very merry Christmas filled with good health, lasting memories and quality time with your loved ones and friends.