12 Healthy Days of Christmas Cheer
On the eleventh and twelfth days of Christmas, I’m sick of being sick!
So lets concentrate on that song in a different light…
On the 12th day of Christmas my friends all gave to me:
12 Drummer’s drumming
If you wake up after your office Christmas party with the sound of 12 drummers drumming in your head, drink plenty of water, and make yourself a healthy breakfast. Avoid the binge on junk food when you have a little too much to drink of the Christmas Spirits.
11 Pipers piping
Musical pipes aren’t so bad, but the smoke from tobacco pipes and cigarettes is enough to make Santa run in the opposite direction. Be aware of the dangers of passive smoke, and do your best to avoid it while out celebrating.
10 Lords are leaping
Make like one of those 10 lords, and leap into the New Year with a positive health and fitness goal. Think about one or two small changes that can make a big difference over time, such as to cut out butter, or eliminate sugar in your coffee.
9 Ladies dancing
Use some of your time with friends and family to engage in fun and social activities such as dancing, soccer, golf, tennis, or beach volleyball. It doesn’t have to all be about food.
8 Maids are milking
If you consume milk and other dairy products, try to choose the lowest fat option such as skim milk and low fat yogurt. You’ll get all the protein and calcium, but without the kilo joules
7 Swans are swimming
This a great time of year to do a little water based exercise such as swimming. It keeps you cool while you workout, and you’ll feel refreshed and energized afterwards
6 Geese are laying
While those 6 Geese are busy laying, make sure you get busy having at least 6 large glasses of water a day. It will help you stay hydrated and make you feel fuller when you eat. Drink a little extra if it’s very hot, if you’re very active, or if you work in an air conditioned environment
5 Golden rings
To avoid getting dark rings under your eyes, make sure you get enough sleep. We need a certain amount of sleep every night to stay healthy, so try to get to bed early some nights if you need to catch up.
4 Calling birds
Calling may not be so bad, but getting in a shout can make it hard to say no to a few extra pieces of peanut butter fudge. Consume sugar in moderation, and balance out your eating by having water in between, and doing a little extra exercise.
3 French hens
If poultry is on the menu, try to have it without the skin, which can dramatically reduce the saturated fat content.
2 Turtle doves
Doves symbolize peace, and you can maintain the peace by staying calm. Christmas can be a time of anxiety and heightened family tension, so have a plan to keep your stress at bay.
And a Partridge in a pear tree!
Forget the partridges, but focus on the pear. Fruit is a convenient snack choice, and can even be used as a healthy dessert option
Much better than puking your guts out over a salmonella Christmas Ham!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!