So everybody is full of festive cheer and it is the season to be jolly. It’s Christmas! We get that.
And we certainly don’t want to re-brand ourselves as ‘Bah Humbug Fitness’ either. But what we don’t get about Christmas is this…
Why do so many people seem to overdo it so much over Christmas?!
It is possible to have a very jolly, very merry and actually pretty healthy Christmas, believe it or not!
The Christmas Eve Siege Mentality
Anybody who has braved a supermarket on Christmas Eve will relate to this – It’s utter carnage. Shoppers with steely stares pace around the store with their trolleys in tow, packed to the roof with food and drink. There are tense stand-offs in the bread aisle as rival shoppers battle it out for the last pack of 12 barms. There is blind panic on everybody’s face. It’s as if everyone is preparing to bunker down for the onset of a nuclear attack.
And all because the shops are shut… for a day.
Unfortunately, the same determination and rush to cram as much as humanly possible into the shopping trolley on Christmas Eve is matched by the enthusiasm with which we shove the contents of the trolley into our mouths, down our necks and into our stomachs over the festive period.
It doesn’t need to be this way!
Indulge… in moderation
We know that you are going to indulge over Christmas. You are going to enjoy a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. You are perhaps going to drink more than you usually do.
We appreciate that it’s more likely that boxes of chocolates and biscuits will be passed around the living room than bowls of grapes… but everything can be done in moderation.
You don’t have to get to the end of the Christmas week thinking: I’m sick of all this eating and drinking.
Think of your Christmas consumption like a volume switch. On a scale of 1-10, a lot of people spend Christmas cranked up to 11! You don’t have to hit the off switch completely – but could you maybe turn it down a notch or two – say, a ‘4’ or a ‘5’?
Try something different
Think about ‘paleo Christmas recipes’ or ‘vegetarian Christmas recipes’. Type either of those into a search bar and you’ll be amazed at the sheer range of recipes that show up in the results.
From gingerbread to Christmas ham to beef tenderloin, you’ll find a paleo alternative to pretty much everything, and the same goes for veggie diets too.
Get off the sofa
There’s nothing to stop you getting active over Christmas either. There’s only so much TV you can stomach. And a workout has got to be better than the sales, surely?
If you want something a little less strenuous, just get out of the house for a bit with the family. The beach, the countryside (they’re not that far away), or a walk in the park. Get those Christmas hats, scarves and jumpers on and get out there.
And before you say: ‘It’s alright, I can work it all off in January.’ Well, you could. But that’s like saying you’ll run a 400 metre race but you’ll start from 200 metres behind the rest of the field.
By being just a bit more sensible and by indulging in moderation rather than to excess, you’ll have a very happy and a very happy Christmas!