Christmas is definitely the most popular worldwide tradition. This unique event is generally associated with a wide range of positive emotions, such as expectations, the joy of giving or simply love, when you are surrounded by your family. But there is also a dark side – stress.
Except exhausting activities like presents seeking, decorating and cleaning combined with family care and going to work at the same time, a big dose of stress is directly linked to our “X-mas lifestyle” and related diseases. Despite all our honest resolutions, most of us finally end up sitting on a couch, constantly eating and drinking. The pounds we gain during winter holiday stick to us till summer and acute health issues like nausea, flatulence, hangover or colic can perfectly spoil idyllic festive days. How to avoid this unhealthy routine?
This popular method can help you to get through all the X-mas goodies more easily. The good news is that there is no extra restriction about the amount of food. Intermittent fasting is more a way of scheduling your meals, than a diet. The only task is to regularly change the periods of eating and periods of fast. The most usual model is 16/8 (16 hours of fast and 8 hours of eating). Women are usually recommended the 14/10 way, as it´s more considerate to their hormonal system. You can for example have your first meal at 11 a.m. and the last one at 7 p.m. The reason why intermittent fasting works so effectively, is because during the fast, the level of insulin hormone is very low and our body starts burning fat, not sugar.
Moreover, it´s an excellent mean of preventing general X-mas diseases. If you give your body a 14 to 16 hour long break every day, you will avoid the unpleasant feeling of overeat, heartburn or flatulence.
Uncompromisingly rise the amount of fibre before Christmas – add a piece of vegetable to each meal, add some oat flakes to your soup, linen seeds to your yoghurt, buy some psyllium. Fibre will boost both your digestion and immunity.
Drink! (some water)
It´s the simplest way to stay healthy is staying hydrated. Both our body and brain are strongly influenced by our hydration status. Even mild dehydration can lead to headache, fatigue or loss of concentration. With a huge mass of alcohol we usually consume during Christmas, water is a great helper to avoid hangovers. When drinking, try to drink a glass of water after every glass of wine or punch and you will see the difference!
Christmas holiday is usually considered as a time to be spent with family, enjoying good food and finally having a well-deserved rest. Well, but don´t let the rest become a passive overeating or apathy. It´s not necessary to push yourself to any extreme sport performance, but it´s good to exercise a bit. Taking a walk in fresh air will make you feel good instantly. At least, some kind of physical activity will prevent yourself from back pain or insomnia.
Why is prevention so important? Well, taking care of your body is a smart long-term strategy. And who wants to seek for medical care on Christmas Day? If you need to feel secure during holiday, try our Chtistmas package – you will get unlimited access to the symptom checker, 1 free call with a doctor and a voucher to Zur Rose e-shop. You can use the offer till the end of December – let’s say as a small gift for yourself.