With Christmas and New Years right around the corner there is so much additional load on our plates that our health goals we set earlier in the year may be taking the back seat.
The truth is you can enjoy your holiday season and be on track to achieve your health goals ready for 2024.
Use these 6 tips for staying healthy during the holidays and share them with a friend who might be feeling the same!
1) Keep your supplements in a place you’ll see them!
Don’t hide your supplements away in your ‘supplement drawer or cupboard’ with our minds wondering about our holiday to-do’s, keeping your supplements on your kitchen bench or next to your toothbrush will help remind you to take them!
2) Worried about dietary requirements for the event you need to attend? Bring a share dish.
Don’t stress, we recommend our patients bring a dish that suits your dietary requirements instead of bringing a box of favourites or flowers. This is a great gift allowing you to share with friends and families and takes the pressure of not knowing what you can have.
3) Keep your fridge and pantry full of healthy snacks!
Between running to the shops or organising your home, during the holiday season we’re less likely to sit down for nourishing meals and more likely to eat on the run. Keeping healthy snacks prepared and with you allows you to stick to healthy eating even when you’re on the go. Some ideas would be a few containers of dips, with pre-cut carrots, cucumber and celery in the fridge.
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4) Book in for group fitness classes or walks with friends!
Keeping to an exercise routine is much easier when you’ve booked a class or have committed to going with friends. Instead of just going to the gym or walking on your own, pre-book some group exercise classes or regularly scheduled walks with friends to keep up your fitness and catch up with those you love.
5) Start your day with an intention
When we wake up to a to-do list a mile long, we often go into auto-pilot mode and straight into stress. Before getting out of bed and starting your day choose an affirmation you want to embody for the day this could be;
- Emotionally available
By taking a big breath in, closing your eyes and feeling this intention we can embody this essence throughout our day.
6) Start with the 80:20 rule
Progress over perfection. Have you ever made a mistake or eaten the thing you said you wouldn’t and just threw the whole towel in? This holiday season stick to the 80:20 rule where you stick to the new habits at least 80% of the time and allow yourself room to indulge in your neighbours christmas cake.
The 80:20 in action looks like;
- Eating at least 2 healthy meals a day
- Remembering to take your supplements at least 5 days of the week
If you have noticed each Christmas and New Year that you fall off the bandwagon and you don’t want to do that again, get expert support! With a FREE 15 minute phone consult with our Naturopath’s or to book in for a full length consultation simply call 02 4961 4075 or head directly to our website to book now!
Mullen Natural Health wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!