Hello again :) Here is an article that I wrote for our work Newsletter on staying healthy over the Silly Season. There is so much temptation this time of year, and you know what, indulging every now and then is so healthy. We've just got to keep it real and know what our bodies need, and here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Article: As we head into that time of year where we like to celebrate life and indulge in fine food and alcohol, it seems a good time to offer some advice on staying healthy through it all! Christmas and New Years is traditionally a very busy active time of the year, and it’s easy to find ourselves feeling a bit sluggish, stressed, tired and putting on a few kilos through the many celebrations we attend over this period.
We propose that as your Christmas gift to yourself, try honoring YOU and see in the new year feeling relaxed, energized and refreshed! The following tips will help you keep on track with your health and fitness over ‘The Silly Season’ so you can start the new year as your best you yet.
1. Maintain hydration—this is so important over our hot summer, especially when we are drinking more alcohol than usual. Aim for 1 litre of water per 25kg of body weight each day. If you like herbal teas, dandelion and nettle are good choices to have on the days when you know you will be out and about at night, as they help to detoxify the liver and cleanse the blood.
2. Make time for Relaxation—Christmas is a great time to catch up with friends and family, but It’s also very easy to get stressed and overwhelmed this time of year. Making time for yourself, even 5 minutes each day, will really help you enjoy the season and stay relaxed. Meditation, yoga and relaxing breathing techniques are all great ways to get that rejuvenating ‘me time’.
3. Sleep is vital this time of year. Aiming for 7 to 8 hours per night will keep your body working optimally and allow your mind time to rejuvenate.
4. Nutrition—we know how easy it is to get carried away with Christmas puddings, chocolates and short breads. A little is great, but remember to limit your portion sizes of these treats to save room for plenty of vegetables, salads and fruits. A nutrient dense supplement like spirulina or barley grass will also help keep up your energy this time of year.
5. Exercise is non-negotiable, sorry! Half an hour walk every morning or evening will do wonders for your health and vitality! It might not seem like an attractive idea, but you really will feel great for it!
Best wishes to health and happiness this Christmas and New Years :)
So there you go, a brief but helpful run down of tips to maintain health over Christmas and New Years. Now for some fun stuff, recipes :)
Kapai Puku Banana Blueberry Smoothie
1 banana – fresh or frozen
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon of Kapai Puku
1 – 2 tbsp of vanilla protein powder
1.5 cups of liquid of your choice – can be water, almond milk, cows milk, bonsoy etcPut all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 30 seconds until smooth. Yum, protein packed and nutritious!I'm not sure if I have told you guys about Kapai Puku, so I will now. It is basically a cereal alternative made from raw nuts and seeds. You can use it as a cereal and mix it with yoghurt and fruit, or sprinkle it onto your bowl of cereal, or make bliss balls with kapai puku, nut butter and dried fruits, use it in smoothies etc. The possibilities are endless, and it is such a healthy nutritious food source. Due to its high content of raw nuts and seeds, it is high in fibre and complex carbohydrates, as well as being a great protein source and useful for both detox and weight loss. Here is the link to their website : http://www.kapaipuku.com/pages/original.htmlHere is another smoothie idea, but it is not for the faint hearted. This has a very fresh taste, and is also quite sweet from the natural fruit sugars. Full of antioxidants, chlorophyll and live enzymes, this smoothie will help power your digestion and put a sparkle in your eye.Alfalfa Sprout SmoothieIngredients:
1 fresh banana
1 ripe pear
1 bunch sprouts— alfalfa
1 head of romaine lettuce or a packet of baby spinach leaves
Water as required.
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add ice cubes for a very refreshing and health giving drink.
So there you have it, a few tips for Christmas, a couple of easy recipes for health, and the Wholesome Chick is back :) Hope you guys are all geared up for Christmas and having a great time out there.
Love Ally xx