Tips and Advice for Enjoying the Christmas Holiday Season and a Healthy Lifestyle

Woooo!!  It's almost Christmas time! And that means it's also holiday time! I've been asked to give some tips and advice for the upcoming holidays.  Some people complain about putting on weight at Christmas time, or that all the food they're going to be eating can result in some serious indigestion.

So here is my advice...

1) Firstly, chill, relax, and enjoy Christmas!  Don't worry toooo much about your weight. Have fun and be sociable with your family and friends; life is not all about what you weigh.

2) Just make sure that you do not go over the top with the fatty foods and booze.  This is not too hard to achieve!  Festive food may be traditional, delicious and moreish, but this can cause havoc with our digestive system.  Indigestion (or dyspepsia) is a range of problems in the gastro-intestinal system.  The most common symptom is pain in the upper abdomen after eating, as well as reflux (acidic stomach contents come back up the gullet), bloating and wind.

To avoid all of these nasties, eat small portions and don't rush meals.  keep fried, fatty and spicy food to a minimum.  Also remember that antacid medicines neutralise stomach acid and form a protective layer over the stomach lining, so don't forget to reach out for these, if need be.

When it comes to bloating and feeling bunged up, drink plenty of liquids and eat bananas or apple with the peel on to increase your fibre intake.

3) Remember you can still incorporate exercise during the festive season- this can be in the sociable form of a walk or a light jog with a friend.  Of course, if you're going away, hotels have gyms (as do some beaches) and you can of course go swimming.

Please see this video where I explain further each piece of advice:-

So I hope you will take good care of yourself this holiday. In my experience, dealing with pressure at Christmas requires a three-step approach:

Firstly, don't try and do it all on your own; ask for help. Secondly, take timeout every evening to sit back and relax with a magazine, a cup of tea or some music for example. Finally, have realistic expectations.  Don't expect Christmas to be perfect, because it rarely is, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it...


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