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How to Have a Healthy, Happy Christmas

Christmas is a time of indulgence for many. Wherever you turn there seems to be offers of mince pies, Prosecco, chocolates and many other treats. Whilst this is fine every now and again, having some strategies up your sleeve for dealing with all the temptation can be really useful and help you to stay on track.

Aim to base your diet around having three healthy meals a day with plenty of vegetables and fruit, then a few extra treats won’t have too much of an impact. Planning ahead can really help navigate those occasions when there might be less healthy food on offer. Building in some healthy meals on other days means you'll still be getting in lots of nutrients.

Don’t forget the importance of keeping hydrated. In the busy time of Christmas preparations it is easy to forget to keep hydrated and we may actually confuse thirst with hunger. So make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. To get some extra nutrients, try my ‘Super Smoothie’. In a blender whizz up half a banana, a cup of frozen berries, tablespoon of pumpkin seeds, a handful of spinach leaves and pinch of cinnamon, topped up with water, almond milk or coconut milk; delicious!

It might be cold outside but don’t forget to exercise. There are lots of ways to get active such as walking, running, biking and even Christmas shopping! Going outside on a sunny winter day means you’ll benefit from a dose of vitamin D from the sunshine; very important for strong healthy bones and strengthening your immune system.

Finally, make Christmas an opportunity to explore and taste all the different seasonal vegetables and fruit; check out my blog on how to make vegetables taste good if you need a little inspiration.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Julia Young Nutrition T: 0771 589 0894

Disclaimer: Nutritional Therapy is not a replacement for medical advice, practitioners always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. The information provided here is general and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any diseases or conditions.

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