Make rest a priorityChristmas and New Year’s parties mean late nights, and if you have several to attend you may want to schedule in some siestas or even just power naps to help your body cope with the decreased sleep. It amazing how uplifting a 10 minute power nap can be. Studies have shown that a nap lasting from 10 to 30 minutes can decrease sleepiness and fatigue, increase vigour, and brain performance.
Good food and teas to balance the overindulgenceOverindulging on the holidays can result in fatigue and bloating. On your non festive party days why not try to:
- Plan lighter meals with raw fruit or vegetable salads
- Go for smaller meals choosing lower GI options
- Try intermittent fasting or juicing post party to lighten the load on the digestive system
- Drink herbal teas like green tea, peppermint, dandelion or ginger to help with digestion and to cleanse your body
Drink plenty of fresh water to flush out toxins and hydrate your cellsStick to water and herbal teas as much as possible between parties. This will give your body a rest, will help flush out toxins, boost your digestion and energy, and prevent you from gaining a few extra kilos. Remember:
- Specialty lattes, eggnogs and mochas are loaded with calories - limit your intake at events and don’t have them between parties, this will help reduce calorie overload over the holidays.
- Watch your alcohol consumption at those holiday parties. Pick a sensible maximum number of drinks you will have and stick to it.
- Have two glasses of water for every alcoholic drink.