How bad is Christmas for inflammation and weight gain really?
Did you know that on Christmas day, we tend to consume around 6,000 calories on average—three times our usual intake. But it's not just that day, the lead-up to Christmas often involves overindulging in calories, sugar, and alcohol. These habits can stir up inflammation, leaving us feeling sluggish, foggy-brained, and bloated. Not to mention the ongoing gut problems and aches and pains.
The British Dietetics Association reports that, on average, people gain 2.3 kilos over the Christmas season. For women in their 40s and beyond, weight gain is easier and shedding it becomes tougher during this time. It's crucial to have a plan to prevent this 'Christmas creep' and avoid feeling awful afterward.
3 Tips to reduce your inflammation, pain and gut issues and improve your energy (and keep that weight off!)
Prioritise Veggies and Protein: These keep you fuller for longer, reducing the temptation to reach for sugary treats throughout the day.
Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can amplify hunger and affect your body's functionality. Proper hydration might also help in moderating alcohol intake, which leads to my third tip.
Mindful Alcohol Consumption: Being aware of alcohol's impact on inflammation, calories, gut health, hormones, and overall energy is crucial for a more balanced festive experience.
Christmas doesn’t have to be mean setbacks
Remember, the post-Christmas period doesn't have to leave you feeling drained or regretful. By prioritising nutrient-rich foods, staying hydrated, and being mindful of alcohol intake, you can reclaim control and enjoy a festive season that nurtures your well-being. Embrace these simple strategies to sail through the holidays feeling energised, balanced, and ready to embrace the new year with vitality.
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