As we all know, Christmas is a time for indulgence – parties, presents and more food than you can shake a stick at! It’s all too easy to over–do it, leaving you exhausted and perhaps a little heavier than you’d like. But the festive period doesn’t need to be stressful or take its toll on your health. So here are our top tips to help you enjoy Christmas in a more balanced way!

1. Fill up on the good stuff

Christmas doesn’t need to just be about filling yourself with overly rich foods and treats – there are plenty of healthy options around too! For instance, turkey is a great source of healthy, lean protein; so top up your plate with some and plenty of vegetables like sprouts, parsnips, carrots and even sweet potatoes (roasted in a little healthy fat). If you’re veggie, nut roast is packed with protein and fibre. With fruits like apples, pears, clementines and cranberries in season, make the most of filling up on these, either by themselves, in a smoothie or served alongside dessert. If you’re able to eat balanced meals or snacks in between more rich ones, this will help to keep your energy levels up and your waistline in check.

2. Indulge in a healthier way and be aware of sugar

Be conscious of the amount of sugar you’re consuming as it’s likely you’ll be surrounded by sweets, puddings, desserts, chocolates and alcohol. Of course, we all love indulging during this special season, but going overboard with these empty calories will cause havoc with your blood-sugar levels and leave you feeling lethargic and heavy. That’s why our Supertreats bars are a great choice this time of the year, as they taste just as indulgent as conventional chocolate, but are much better for you. They keep your energy levels stable and give your body valuable nutrients with every bite, not just empty calories.

3. Listen to your body

Listen to your body and do what makes you feel great. Be mindful of how much food you’re consuming, as well as how much activity your body needs to feel energised. Perhaps one day all you want to do is get comfy on the sofa and read a good book or snuggle up with loved ones to watch a Christmas film. Perhaps the next day you’ll feel more active. What brings your mind and body balance? The benefits of physical activity are undeniable, so getting out on a long walk, going on a bike ride, playing in the park or whatever takes your fancy, are likely to leave you more energised, less bloated and will clear your head.

4. Keep calm

Although Christmas is an exciting time, many of us may feel more stressed than usual. When it comes to shopping, cooking, cleaning, entertaining and travelling, it can be exhausting!

This is when it might be tempting to turn to stimulants such as chocolate or coffee for a quick fix, but it will only leave you feeling more stressed, anxious and depleted. Instead, try to keep a sense of proportion and a sense of humour – is it really the end of the world if things don’t go exactly according to plan? Christmas is one day out of 365, is it really worth stressing out over?

5. Treat yourself super!

Be kind to yourself and spend time doing what gives you joy and makes you happy!

We wish you all a healthy, happy and stress-free Christmas!