Posted on December 10, 2011 by vitalspirit
Christmas is the time of year when the body can take a battering. Not only is December often filled with social engagements (and the drinking that goes along with it) but then comes the copious amounts of food that we are often compelled to eat. Well the good news is there are certain strategies during the festive season to counter the temptation to feast on sugar and fat laden treats.
If you are on a weight loss diet before the festive season it is a good idea to aim to maintain your weight during this time. Placing too much pressure on yourself to lose weight during this time can be detrimental to your long term weight loss goals.
The Western diet is pro-inflammatory, unfortunately leading to many diseases of inflammation like arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. If you are not eating deep sea fatty fish at least twice per week you should be taking a fish oil supplement to balance out the ratio of good to bad fats in your diet.
For those who do suffer from these chronic illnesses you need a higher dose of supplementary omega-3 fatty acids and there are other lifestyle measures that can be adopted to reduce the amount of inflammation in the body. Herbs targeting pain and inflammation such as ginger and turmeric can be taken (and eaten) to alleviate symptoms, particularly in the joints, and antioxidants such as alpha-lipoic acid and CoQ-10 can also be invaluable additions to a supplementary regime.