SURVIVING THE FESTIVE SEASON And staying healthy

It’s that time again, the festive season when everyone wants to catch up and you have a calendar full of parties and Christmas day is just around the corner, so how do you survive the festive season without putting on extra kilos, getting sick, over-stressed or just going crazy? Intercare Wellness Consultants, Dr Nas Al-Jafari and Dr Mourad Habib share some advice.

 

  • The festive season can be challenging when it comes to weight loss and health. Over indulgence during the festive season can easily lead to us putting on some extra kg. We tend to easily throw all of our good habits out of the window – every meal is a feast and there’s plenty of friends and family to toast! The extra kilos are much harder to get off than they are to put on, so be mindful of these tips over Christmas:
    • Choose 1 or 2 things to indulge in instead of indulging in everything!
    • Which is your biggest meal today? Change your eating habits accordingly. In preparation of a large lunch, have a light or no breakfast.
    • Avoid snacking in the evening
    • Choose cheese over dessert, and nuts over crackers. The higher fat content will be more filling and limit insulin surges associated with sugar and refined carbohydrates.
    • Follow some heavy days ‘feasting’ with a day of ‘fasting’. A 24 hour ‘food fast’ will lower insulin levels for an extended period of time, giving the body time to rest and recuperate.

 

  • Make sure you are sensibly hydrated with water all the time. By the time you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated! Try to measure out your daily water allowance into bottles and take small sips throughout the day.

 

  • Sticking to your exercising routine can be challenging at this time of year. Try something new like HIIT – it takes less time and gives optimum results. If that’s not possible, wake up a little early and go a walk to the work off those extra Christmas calories. Early morning and evening walks are ideal at this time of year.

 

  • Late nights are certainly a feature throughout the Festive period. Try as best you can to get into a good sleep routine. Adequate sleep allows your body enough time to complete its nocturnal healing regime. Daytime naps are highly recommended to top up on late nights. And don’t eat too close to bedtime, this disrupts essential sleep hormones.

 

  • Increase your vitamin and supplement intake! Zinc/Magnesium supplements can help with sleep, have anti-oxidant properties and will give a much needed energy boost. High dose IV vitamin C, selenium and Glutathione are great anti-oxidants and immune boosters and B-complex vitamins will help you keep running like a well-oiled machine

 

  • Sometimes, no matter your good intentions, you just over do it. At Intercare Wellness, we have a solution for that too! Our personalised IV vitamin drips can help when you’ve had one glass too many or if you’re just feeling run down and exhausted. For your ultimate convenience, we’ll be open through out the festive season.

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