The holiday season has officially arrived and at this time of year, the healthy habits we practice routinely seem to take a backseat. It’s easy to engage in over-eating and indulging at social events, forget about moving our body and ditch the simple, healthy habits that make us thrive. So how can you stay in control over the holiday season? Here are the Hills Natural Health Centre’s 8 health tips to help you stay on track.

1. Eat Breakfast

Skipping breakfast to save room for later will only contribute to the excess consumption of foods and overeating throughout the day. Eating a nourishing breakfast, packed with nutrients is one of the most effective ways to keep on track over the holiday season and help to avoid overindulging and mindless snacking throughout the day. Eating a balanced breakfast will help to support your energy levels, stabilise blood sugar levels and support metabolism. How:

2. Move your body

Just because it’s the holiday season, it doesn’t mean you have to forget about your normal healthy habits and exercise routine. Exercise is not only important for physical health but mental health too. It also helps to manage stress in the chaotic lead up to Christmas. How:

3. Limit alcohol

The holiday season is often a time of excess and this rings true when it comes to alcohol. Excess alcohol increases caloric intake and as well can easily influence our food choices. Try to avoid going overboard and putting a strain on your liver. How:

4. Practice mindful eating

Tune into your body’s hunger cues and check-in to see if you are actually hungry or just eating for the sake of it. You don’t have to eat because food is offered and you don’t have to force down a second serving just because the food is there. How:

5. Prioritise sleep

It’s easy to ditch a regular sleep routine at this time of year when social engagements with friends and family fill up your calendar. A lack or disturbance of sleep can affect your appetite, immune system, metabolic function, hormones and energy and can contribute to overconsumption of food and sugary cravings. How:

6. Support digestion

Eating out often, overeating and heavily indulging on nutrient-void foods throughout the holiday season (refined sugars, dairy and simple carbohydrates) can often cause digestive upset. Rich and fatty foods often take longer to digest and can contribute to indigestion, reflux and pain paired with sluggish bowel movements. How:

7. Eat your veggies

When it comes to food during the holiday season, healthy eating habits seem to fly out the window yet it’s so important to continue to eat a variety of vegetables every day. They provide fibre to support digestive system health as well as a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. How:

8. Drink water

In a nutshell, dehydration leads to poor body function. Water is so important as it plays a role in almost every process within the body from metabolism, to detoxification and digestion. Chances are our healthy habits aren’t a top priority over the holiday season so here is a gentle reminder to stay hydrated. How:

Of course, the most important part of the holiday season is to enjoy yourself and spend time with the people you love!

If you’re seeking advice or personalised support speak with one of our experienced practitioner’s here at the Hills Natural Health Centre.

At the Hills Natural Health Centre, our experienced team of practitioners use a holistic approach paired with evidence-based medicine to help support you on your health journey.

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