Advice & Tips

  • Anna Polevaya

Mama’s guide to a healthy-ish Christmas

Each year I mentally prepare myself for Christmas, it is now a tradition, we are almost expected to overindulge, drinking and eating until we fall into a food coma 😪. Come January we are filled with guilt and regret aimlessly trying to get back on track.

But it doesn't have to be this way, we’re here to help! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can enjoy all the best bits of Christmas guilt-free.

Positive start

Why not try starting each morning by adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to a glass of hot water. Along with its many health benefits, It has a magical power that increases satiety, this means you will feel fuller for longer and therefore eat less all whilst containing only 3 calories per tablespoon.

Being Christmas, why not try adding a spoon of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon, this will not only make it taste much better but helps boost your mood and fight flu symptoms. Follow this up with a healthy breakfast to keep you going for longer and choosing healthy snacks throughout the day so when dinner comes around you can indulge worry-free.

Don't miss out

When faced with a spread of all things Christmas, it’s easy to get distracted and carried away but that doesn't mean you have to miss out. Allow yourself to eat whatever you like but in moderation, taking it slowly enjoying every mouthful. There may well be a lot of festive dinners in your calendar so be mindful and take your time.

Stay hydrated

This is a given, whatever your drink of choice this festive season don’t forget to drink lots of water to stay hydrated and give yourself a fighting chance to get up the next day and face another amazing day of motherhood.

Adapt your training schedule

We all know too well that working out over winter is a battle, your energy levels are naturally slightly lower and leaving the house by the time you’ve wrapped up yourself and the baby can seem like a work out all on its own. Rather take a day off and adapt your training schedule, do 2 days instead of 3 or do short but intensive workouts that boost your energy levels and make you feel like you’ve earned to eat a few extra calories.

Working out with a friend for moral support can boost your willingness and motivation to work out, our postnatal classes are baby-friendly so you can bring along your ultimate best friend bring your along to one of our recommended baby-friendly fitness classes and meet like-minded women and future friends.

Some much deserved “Me-Time”

Equally as important and something we tend to easily lose track of during this busy season, is taking some time out for self-care. Whether it be running a hot bath to de-stress, meditating, reading a book or just taking a few deep breaths in the moment. Take advantage of “Me-time” whilst baby is napping or listen to a podcast whilst pushing around the buggy. Remember staying mentally healthy and feeling happy in your own skin is a big part of feeling physically healthy.

Tried and tested any tips or have any tips to add feel free to leave a comment 😊

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