Don’t beat up your body these holidays
Easter holidays are just around the corner and have the right tips for you to stay healthy and happy during these restless times.
Holidays and festive seasons is the period when we typically overeat on rich foods and generally put all the yummy in the tummy, without giving our bodies a second thought. But how can we reduce the common health risks associated with festive seasons?
We all love food, it is a part of our everyday need and wants: moist oven roasts drizzled with gravy, crisp potatoes, cheese sauce-smothered veggies, creamy desserts and tantalizing trifles . All appetizing isn’t it? How is it possible not to overeat when faced with such lip smacking delights? One way on ensuring that we do not eat too much is to dish up smaller portions of food, and drink lots of water with the meal. This will help avoid the all-too-familiar stomach cramps, indigestion and nausea.
And during holidays we tend to eat a lot more quickly than we usually do, so consider eating slowly. By eating slowly your body will have more time to recognize when it is full and satisfied.
WINE AND DINE
During long weekends and holidays, especially Christmas there is usually more alcohol available in our homes. We suggest that you have a glass of water next to your wine or champagne glass and sip on them alternately. Avoiding excessive alcohol intake will make you feel a lot better the following day, and intake of water will help flush out all the toxins from the body. Remember headaches usually occur because the body does not have enough water, so drinking at least 6 glasses a day is the best option.
HELP YOU HEART
Easter, summer holidays and Christmas are historically on the most dangerous times for people who sufer from heart problems such as heart attacks, arrhythmias and heart failure. The over-indulgent season often puts the heart under strain. Studies by the University of California, the University of San Diego and Tufts University concluded that heart-related fatalities increase by at least 5% during the festive seasons.
To help your heart, try to eat less of very rich foods and stick to veggies, juice and water.
Holidays are the good times to embrace loved ones and celebrate life, but the choice is yours whether you plan to let your body rest and enjoy it too.