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8 Tips for Maintaining Your Health over the Festive Season

by Clare Kelway on December 18, 2012 · 12 comments

Here I share 8 tips with you for maintaining your health over the Festive Season. 

This will enable you to enjoy good food, family and friendship without risking your health!  This is a time when foods eaten tend to be high in fats and sugars and our intake of fruits and vegetables plummets from an already low intake. 

I encourage you to observe what you are eating and keep it balanced while still having fun!

This overindulgence does have a direct impact on our health.  It has been shown via research that this is a time of year with a spike in heart attacks and heart failure. And weight gain and many other negative health challenges that can be traced back to Festive Season over-indulgence!

So here are some Festive Season health tips for you:


a  Eat breakfast each day

Each day of the Festive Season, make sure you eat a good, healthy breakfast before the festivities begin. This could consist of fruit,  yoghurt, oatmeal, eggs or whatever type of breakfast you have determined is good for you.

b  Eat Small Meals regularly and Don’t arrive Hungry

If you are entertaining on Christmas Eve, then make sure you have eaten before the party begins.  This applies to host and guest.  Don’t arrive hungry, because if you do, you will be snacking on everything that comes past you.

Making  sure that you are not hungry at the start of the party is a good way to make sure you don’t overindulge. Snacks that are easy to eat before you attend the party are nuts and seeds without the salt and preferably unroasted.  And of course you may be attending a party where the host will present you with healthy snacks but don’t count on it!

If you are going to be eating a meal, keep your hands away from the nuts and the chips offered before the meal.  Again, if you are not hungry because you ate a small meal before arriving, that is a good way to contain your snacking.  If you are not thinking about food because you are hungry, you can focus on your friends and family rather than the food.

c  Keep hydrated

Make sure you are well hydrated. We should be drinking half our body weight in ounces of water. This is a tall order for most people who are hardly drinking water at all. This is a great time to start considering how much water you are drinking. Give yourself the gift of water for Christmas!
For every glass of alcohol you consume, have a glass of water. This will help to keep you hydrated and you will probably drink less alcohol as a result.

d  Eat Salad with each meal

Have a salad with each meal. This means that you will be getting some of your green portions you require each meal  and that you will be inclined to eat less of other foods.  Watch the salad dressing because this is where you pick up unnecessary calories.  A simple balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing is great!And if you are following a food plan that tells you not to eat salad with your meal, then just make sure you are getting enough vegetables.  This article is not about what food plan to follow but general ideas on how to avoid the negative effects of eating at this time of year.

e  Eat small portions

Use a small plate and take small portions. If you are still hungry, and you must, then go back for a second portion but in most cases you won’t because you will be satisfied.  The saying that your ‘eyes are bigger than your stomach’ holds true at this time of year.

f  Chew your Food

Eat slowly! Chew your food! Digestion begins in the mouth so make sure you are chewing each mouthful.  When you chew your food effectively, you are telling your body to prepare for the food and produce the necessary enzymes to break down your food.

g  Get some Exercise

Take an early morning walk each day of the Festive Season. This will help to move your metabolism.
Play games with your family. Our family will be enjoying a table tennis table for Christmas and I am looking forward to the competitions. If you are active, you are eating less and drinking more water!

h  Take your Festive Season supplements

Supplements that should be added to your festive season diet are probiotics. You are eating foreign food and heavy food and you need to make sure that your gut has the right bacteria to process this food.  For more information on what probiotics I recommend, contact me
Take a digestive enzyme with each meal. And I recommend bioenergetically activated full spectrum enzymes – aids for full digestion. We rely upon our food having enzymes and most foods are now enzyme deplete. In our field of bio energetic medicine, we believe that the number one cause of internal toxicity is an enzyme-depleted diet. If you are over the age of 40, your enzyme capacity has been diminished by over a third!

And keep up your redox signaling molecules which will activate your master antioxidants by over 500% keeping those free radicals away and will also activate your immune system enabling you to fight any foreign matter and keep your healthy.

And take your other supplements that should include vitamin D for those living in the Northern Hemisphere and customized minerals and vitamins for you.  No matter how well we eat, we can no longer get it all from our foods at least not all the time.  So supplementation has become an essential part of a health program.

And in conclusion, I wish you all a very Blessed Festive Season and prepare for an Awesome, Rocking 2013!  And I love to hear your comments about your Festive Season plans!

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Beverly Knox April 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Clara Thanks for giving us a list of options that can be used to cut out unwanted calories Great tips that will be helpful though out the year. Thanks for the encouragement

Clare Kelway April 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Hi Beverly,
thanks for visiting and I am glad you felt encouraged! Have a fabulous week. Clare

Lynn Jones March 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Clare, Really great pointers you are sharing! Personally, I have discovered that sugar overload can make your immune system weak and then it is easier to get a cold. I have experienced this following a holiday sugar feast. Thankfully I am older and wiser now and make better choices. And, I am all for keeping the gut healthy and exercising regularly!
To your health…
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DeAnna Troupe March 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm

This information is useful for the whole year. I agree that eating smaller portions during the day is a good thing to do. It helps keep you from overeating.
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Nicole Stout February 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Eating a salad with each meal has been a goal of mine for a while now. It’s much harder than it seems. I’m so used to just diving into warm cooked meals. I think eating a small salad helps with your e tip. Eating small portions. Salad is super feeling and helps with reducing your food intake.

Lydia Brown February 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Clare this is a great list to follow all year round thank you will share this with others.
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Julieanne vanZyl January 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Great tips Clare, another reason for eating before you go out, is that the alcohol likes
your tummy better – I discovered that when I was only 18 yrs old. Sometimes when you go out,
you’re offered plenty of alcohol, and it takes awhile before you get some food in your tummy,
so you can get quite sick and drunk!

Nicole Stout January 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I wish I would have read this article a couple of months ago. I ended up gaining a couple of pounds over the Holiday. It’s great advice I’ll have to follow next year.

Steve Hughes January 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Clare. I just started running and working out again, try to get over the Holiday slump. It’s been a challenge. I really enjoyed your piece here today, and while some are basic, it’s always good to see in front of you.
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Sadie-Michaela Harris January 18, 2013 at 6:58 am

Really good advice Clare at any time of the year I think! I’m terrible at eating breakfast even though I know it is said to be the most important meal of the day and I am really trying harder to drink more water too!
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Ron Whitaker January 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm


Not only should this list be followed during the holiday season, but throughout the year as well!

Eating breakfast and exercising are critical to one’s health.

Daily exercise is not only good for one’s physical health, but does wonders for one’s emotional and mental health as well!

Interestingly, researchers at Duke University demonstrated several years ago that exercise has antidepressant properties. (I can personally vouch for that!)

Research also has shown that exercise may even protect against dementia later in life.
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Nile January 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm

All of these are great tips. One of my biggest challenges is to remember to eat breakfast. I believe it is a bad habit. However, I am 2 months into regular breakfasts every day. :)

I have found that eating smaller portions throughout the day is best. I don’t go low and I can eat fresh fruit or salads instead of junk….so this is the first holiday season in a long time I was a good girl…lol!

Thank you for sharing these tips!
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