Nutritionist Clarissa Lenherr’s Top Festive Tips
Welcome to the festive season—that whirlwind of gift-giving, holiday parties and indulgence. For many, including nutritionist Clarissa Lenherr, this season is a special time of year, however it doesn’t come without its side of high-maintenance demands – parties, shopping, drinking, baking, family feuds, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.
And with this surge in expectations, our stress levels can take a hit. From sleep deprivation to nutrient deficiencies, the festive stress-on can take its toll, physically and mentally.
To help you get through the festive stress-on with a little bit less stress, Nutritionist Clarissa, shares her top tips to survive the festive season!
GET BREAKFAST RIGHT
For most of us, breakfast is in our control. It’s not very often that we have a Christmas party over breakfast or social gatherings before 9am. So, take advantage of this and get breakfast right!
It’s easy to skip this important meal, or give in and indulge in mince pies to ease that Christmas party hangover. But eating a good breakfast will help balance your blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full and energised. And, if you fuel your body you’re less likely to snack on the chocolates lying around.
A great post-Christmas party breakfast is a healthy omelette packed with vitamin-filled veggies or a good helping of berries and live probiotic yoghurt will also do the trick.
With the surge in heating and mountains of sugary treats around, it’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger and to reach for another pig in a blanket. Instead, keep a jug of water with sliced lemon, orange, lime and herbs by your side as this will remind you to top up your glass throughout the day, and ensures you’re staying well hydrated.
Hydration is also crucial for those of us needing a helping hand to detoxify the remnants of last night’s prosecco. That headache the next morning, is partially subsidised by dehydration – to avoid this, ensure sure you are getting a minimum of 2 litres of water throughout the day, and for every alcoholic drink, have one glass of water.
It can be easy to let our exercise routine slip to the side over the holiday months. It is cold, there are hangovers and… there is shopping to be done! However, exercise is a crucial practice, not just for the non-holiday months, and ensuring you get some movement every day can help with stress levels, excess holiday weight gain, mood and overall health.
Plus, help the body’s natural detoxification by sweating out last nights mulled wine. Going for a brisk walk and getting some oxygen or some warm yoga can help get the blood moving and the ethanol out!
If you do choose to exercise, make sure you hydrate yourself sufficiently as you don’t want to cause yourself to be more dehydrated – and also make sure you are not still inebriated, as no one wants to see you moonwalking on the treadmill!
SUPPORT YOUR GUT/ SEE A NUTRITIONIST
During the festive season, there is a tendency for our diets to swing towards the high-fat/high-sugar intake (think Christmas pudding and brandy butter) which can alter the gut microbiome and potentially lead to weight gain, food cravings and lowered mood. Contact Clarissa to work with her directly – email@example.com or visit her contact page.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, ENJOY YOURSELF!
Whilst it is important to eat healthily and stay active (even though it’s the festive season), there’s also such a thing as “everything in moderation”. Make sure you take the time to enjoy yourself during the holidays and embrace the time you have with friends, family and cheesy TV.