5 Ways To a Healthier Christmas



Stay Active / 
It’s as simple as that. You don’t have to go for hours at the gym a brisk walk is said to have more benefits such helping the brain, mediative qualities and great for digestion if you’re overindulging! My youtube has a lots of workouts that you guys can do anywhere but also you can follow my FREE 8 Week Workout Guide over xmas too!

Drink Clear / 
Now yes, part of me does mean stay hydrated with water but I get that aqua is probably not the only thing we will consume this Christmas – the clearer the alcohol tends to be lower in calories and helps with hangovers – swap espresso martinis for vodka, fresh lime and sofa – have a glass of water in between glasses for better hangover points.

Keep your Vitamins and Minerals High
Simply just eating veg and fruit will really help you guys but also eating your veg first is a great way of getting in your fibre before you fill up on starchy carbs. BUT if you’re not really a veggie eater you could supplementRead about what I take by clicking here and check out my favourite below:

Stay Mindful/
Here we simply just need to stay mindful of what we are doing and what we are eating. Sitting with a bag of nuts in front of a good film and then suddenly looking down and you’ve demolished the bag in 10 mins probably isn’t the most mindful way. Try to ask yourself before diving in to snacks do you need it? If you simply just want it can you use up the extra energy via activity? Struggle to stay mindful, my favourite ways are below… or Read – de-stressing.

Get Other People Involved /
Most people do use Christmas as a way to do 0 exercise and eat lots. If you’re someone that doesn’t want the Christmas habits to take over, try get your family all involved by doing activities all together that require movement or baking some treats that are are slightly healthier – Head to my Instagram for more recipes or get the family involved with doing my FREE 8 week workout plan! Another tip with other people is to tell people before they gift you that you are aiming for a healthy Christmas to limit your chocolate gifts – My favourite Healthy Chocolate gifts are below:

Check out my youtube channel for a full gift guide that i’m doing at the moment!
Love Chlo xxx

 

Top Tips / De-Stress

Christmas round the corner, a stressful time for many & our 8 week Fitmass plan in full swing where we are putting ourselves first I want to share with you guys my top tips on how to de-stress. From the simple to the costly… these could help you this winter:

Costing Nout:

/ Take 10 with Headspace
My favorite app to de-stress and get into my own mind. Headspace offer a 10 day free trial which teaches you the basics so i’d argue once you know the basics then you can meditate and be more mindful by yourself maybe – if you love it and purchase it pretend this app was under ‘on the cheap’ section.

/ Take 10 deep breaths
If an app doesn’t do it for you and you need something quicker. Take 10 deep breaths counting as you go, breathing in through your nose starting at your tummy and workout up. Breathe out slowly through  your mouth.. repeat and feel your shoulders relax more into your body.

/ Go for a walk
This isn’t done enough and is often swapped for a run but walking is said to help put the brain in a meditative state and helps boosts endorphins

On The Cheap:

/ Add Epsom Salts to your bath

Epsom Salts draw out impurities  and help relax the muscles.. mix that with a relaxing bath and you’re in stress free heaven. – Click here for the epsom salts that I use.

/ Adult Colouring book

A way of taking us back to our childhood but also to help switch the brain off – My favorite book you can buy here.

/ Practice Yoga

‘yeah but chloe you don’t even do this’.. ohhh i know and i wish i could find time to practice yoga properly. When I really get into it, im into it and come out all zen life. But you don’t need me to practice it to tell you in de stresses us… research does that for us!

Treat yo Self:

/ Spa Day

Treat yo self indeed… booking a spa day doesn’t even need the extra cost of treatments. Simply being in a relaxing environment with a swimming pool, sauna and steam could help us de stress – FYI leave your phone in the locker, the emails aren’t for the spa. 

/ Book a get away

There really is nothing like a holiday but laying around a pool in an all inclusive isn’t a must here. Just get away from your usual activity or simply book some days off work and sit around your home. Taking your mind away from it’s everyday stressful activities i’ve found is a great way to re charge

/ Get a Massage

This doesn’t have to be on a luxury spa day, you could do with a delightfully painful sports massage to get the tension out your muscles which in return could help relax and de stress.

Do you guys have any other ways of de-stressing? Comment below!
Love Chlo xxx

Top Tips / Alcohol at Xmas

/ Eat First 
Line your stomach with a balance meal which contain a good source of protein, fats & carbs… my go too? Homemade Chicken Burgers…

1x Gluten Free Roll
1x Chicken Breast Cut in Half Grilled with Spices such as Paprika, Salt & Pepper
10g Cheddar
Salad Leaves
Sauce to finish

Personally i’d always opt for something slightly leaner rather than starchy and heavy on your tummy – Think nutrients because Alcohol is going to play a few tricks on your body you don’t need to add more by eating processed food.

/ Skip The Sugary Cocktails


Not only are they mega mega high in calories & sugar, the mix of the alcohol can be a recipe for disaster in your stomach and for your hangover the next day.


/ Stay in the Clear 


 A few experimental studies have found that drinks that are darker in colours result in more severe hangovers – best bet? Vodka & Gins. Worst? Espresso Martini.


/ Stay Hydrated


Seems obvious but alcohol dehydrates us so every now and then popping a class of water to keep your hydrated will be essential for looking after your body and for the hangover the next day – bestest bet? Drink vodka & soda then a glass of water – Next Best? Drink a glass of water after every drink – Not the best but not the worst? – Drink at least a pint when you get in and keep one by your bedside – Worst? Waiting till the morning. 


/ Plan the Drunchies 


Ever get starving after a few bevvies? Tactically plan rather than trying to avoid and then cave. At home prepare some food that will satisfy your cravings after a drink – e.g homemade popcorn

– Add Honey or Sweetener
– Add Himalayan Salt (drink more as salt dehydrates)

Or peanut butter on toast.

Try to avoid the late night trip to the kebab shop, I mean you could even take a healthy energy bar/ball in your bag for the end of the night? *guilty*


/ Prepare for a Hangover


& Prepare for the worst. For me, before I head out I place my ibuprofen, a multi vitamin and a huge bottle of water right by my bed for when I roll in – oh & face wipes. I have been known for this to fail when i’ve come in after a few too many and fallen straight into bed but hey it works 80% of the time!


/ Mix with Diets


Avoid excess calories by mixing with diet drinks like diet coke or even better soda. I often mix soda with a variety of squashes – never juices because of the acid and extra sugar.



Chlo’s Suggested Go toos: 
 
My Usual / Vodka, Lime & Soda
Better / Vodka & Soda
These are fine but I hates these drinks / Gin & Slim Line, Vodka & Diet Coke.
Meh / Sprintzer of white wine – also water with this one too.
When I don’t need to be able to handle my hangover – espresso martini 
Death By Alcohol – A Sugary cocktail mix
 
What are you go toos?
 
Chlo xxxx




Supplements / What I take & Why

 

I haven’t always been a huge supplement taker as I often forget to take them but recently i’ve been on it and along with increasing my fat and calorie intake while limiting my dairy and grains… touch wood… i’m feeling fab! So I thought i’d share with you guys what i’m taking supplement wise….

Probiotics /

These are to keep my gut happy. If you’ve been with me for a while then it’s not secret that my gut is so unpredictable so to keep things happy and full of good bacteria I pop a probiotic every day – i’m currently using Biokult -buy yours here.

Digestive Enzymes / 

I take this to literally assist my digestion… every little helps!

Vitamin D / 



I’ve started taking this in the Winter as it is really thought to not only help with mood but also help support my immune system – I use this one.



Vitamin C /

Ahhhh this little delight I believe saves me when working in a gym full of germs. Being around clients who are often ill or around others that are ill this time of year taking vitamin C I believe has really helped my immune system and to fight off any nasties. – I pop a vitamin c and magnesium in a drink in the mornings

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

Evening Primrose /

After a visit to my naturopath because i’m on the pill, evening primrose was recommended to help with PMS symptoms but also skin problems – I’ve changed a lot of things recently in my diet so I can’t say if this stuff is exactly making big changes but hey! I’m feeling bloody good, so that’s a start right?

Lactase enzymes / 

If i’m going to be put in a situation where my food choices and flexibility is limited I pop a lactase enzyme in case I have too much lactose. These babies are incredible if you have an intolerance to lactose as they assist your gut in the digestion of it! It gives me peace of mind that my gut isn’t going to go on a crazy flare up if I eat too much dairy that will irritate it! – I use these ones.

*I buy all my supplements from Holland & Barrett.

What do you guys take? Or do you take any at all?
Love Chlo xx