Better Health this Christmas

At some time in our lives we’ve all had a Christmas day where we’ve been not been on top form: either a sickness bug brought home by the kids; or the dreaded flu right when you should be relaxing and enjoying yourself! It’s an experience best not repeated!

I’m often haranguing the children at this time of year to wash their hands thoroughly and to keep wrapped up warm to avoid the winter bugs. But what about us Mums? We’re dashing about doing all the shopping, cooking all the food, preparing the house for visitors, making outfits for nativity plays, writing the Christmas cards, as well as attending all the school plays, concerts and services. It’s easy to forget about looking after yourself at this time of year when all your energies are concentrated on ensuring your children and family are having a lovely time!

Staying healthy, happy and relaxed at this time of year is indeed an art form, and as always takes organisation. Here are some tips that DO work, DO save time and are either free or cost very little:

  • Prepare Fruit and Vegetables: get peeling and chopping as soon as you get back from the shops!

089Although it may seem like a chore – it really does save time, and it makes the whole family eat more healthily. As you can see in the photo, I wash, peel and chop vegetables like onions, mushrooms, butternut squash, celery and broccoli. Then I either put them in big zip lock bags so when cooking something the veg is already prepared; or divide into smaller portion sized bags for snacks. Making packed lunches becomes very quick; and snacking becomes much more healthy – instead of reaching for the mince pies it is just as easy to grab a bag of celery! For more perishable items I have learned a few tricks: wash strawberries in balsamic vinegar and dry thoroughly before storing; and apples chop and wash in a solution of lemon juice and water and it slows the browning process. Much cheaper than buying vegetables/fruit ready prepared.

  • Steam vegetables: in the microwave. You can buy some very clever bags (available at your local supermarket) that allow you to steam your veg in the microwave. When you are preparing your veg put family sized portions into these steamer bags:

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Then when you need a portion of veg to go with your family tea, all you need to do is put the bag in the microwave and hey presto, veg is ready! Steaming is more healthy as less nutrients are lost in the cooking process; plus no washing up pans or boiling water on the hob so it saves energy too. We cooked a roast lunch on Sunday using veg cooked in this way – it was a revelation, the only tricky bit of washing up was the roasing tin, we didn’t use any other pans!

  • Sleep: better! Sleep can help fight disease and illness and help you get better more quickly. As we sleep, our body increases the production of certain proteins that fight disease. A lack of sleep can lead to less white blood cells (key to our immune systems) being produced, making you more susceptible to infection. Time4Sleep has lots of information about the importance of sleep and the various cycles within your nights sleep. There are lots of practical steps you can take to improve your sleep: from sleep monitoring apps to relaxing bedtime routines.

Remember, looking after yourself is just as important as looking after your family. Hopefully trying just one of these little tips will give you a much better chance of waking up on Christmas morning without some horrible bug to ruin your day!

 

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Alysha says:

    Maintaining a good health is really essential. And what do you do you do to keep your body fit and fine and working over a longer period of time. Well there isn’t a single way but several options that can keep you going with good health and physique. You prominently have to take care for the diet that you are consuming to ensure better workout and health. And apart from that there are several fitness centers that are becoming one of the highly adopted ways that people are choosing to take a break from their routine and consider the health of their body. Thank u for your suggestion.

  2. Bob says:

    Great post. The big focus area for me is sleep, and I love the focus you put on that in what you said. With so much going on I think we all just fail to sleep because it is the most neglected activity (at least in my household).

    Thanks for the great suggestions and tips. It’s going to be a great 2014 for my improving health.

    Thanks,

    Bob

  3. tips sehat says:

    good post. vegetables and fruit is not enough for family healthy. they need to keep maintaining their body too. so they have more energy for tomorrow.

  4. James Patterson says:

    Cool. Nice and neatly done. I must practice peeling and chopping vegetables soon as I got home.

  5. anne sun says:

    Thanks for the advices. I would like to add my own summarized version of how to keep yourself in self for Christmas and any holiday, really. Don’t go to heavy on the meat, don’t sleep on yourself too much (get some exercises) and keep your alcohol intake as low as possible. That’s it!

  6. Thomas Marinaro says:

    Thank you for the advice….It is always christmas that is the most joyus holiday but also the one where we overeat ourselves and overwork ourselfs…Every advice is great and welcome…Thanks!!

  7. Apu Mridha says:

    Thanks for sharing this informative post. I’ve been facing problems with the Sleep and that stuffs … After reading this post, i’m getting new ideas of what can i do to overcome problems.

    Thanks again ! :)

    Apu

  8. Rahul Chalana says:

    What an article :D fruits are the best things all the way.. keep sharing :)

  9. Mike says:

    I’m not sure what “steamer bags” you are talking about, but I’d like to try them. Can you send me a link to something similar on Amazon or something?

  10. Anderson says:

    In last Christmas my wife was remain very busy for doing a lot of works. After the day of Christmas she became ill. That’s why I’ve read out this article very carefully and noted all the points in my personal notebook. I will apply all of these ideas in next Christmas and I hope that in next Christmas we will enjoy everything without facing any problems. Great post mate :)

  11. Westwood Family Counseling says:

    Thank you.

  12. Moin says:

    Nice tips, green veggies and fruits are really healthy. I think we can continue with these tips, whole year itself to stay fit and healthy.

  13. Sahil Carepur says:

    Its not difficult to maintain your good health. Just follow some rules and make it a habit of doing these things regularly . Like go for exercise daily. This knows each and every body that exercise is essential for good health but still its a fact that we never do the same.Eat fresh and good things but sometimes we still don’t bother about the same . So these are very common thing which we can do regularly for making our self healthy without any extra cost.

  14. aahna says:

    Health is the main part of life, so we care for our health.Thanks for article.

  15. Diana says:

    Health is the main part of our life, your tips for food is useful to us.

  16. Abril says:

    Thanks for the share! Great idea, I will apply this and would check result. Vegetable is also effects on health, that’s why vegetable good for health.

  17. Adam says:

    Sleep is so important. Most of us sleep so badly – too much caffeine and sugar, TV, iPad, laptops in the bedroom. Bad sleep health has been linked to many diseases. Take your sleep seriously!

  18. Naveen Verma says:

    The vegetables are really necessary in keeping up a good health not only on Christmas but on regular days as well…Great Article !

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