Put a Stop to Bingeing Over Christmas!

Bingeing over Christmas is a big problem for so many people – including me! We’ve all been there. We’ve all eaten one too many cheese crackers, Cadbury Roses, and biscuits. We’ve all drank so much wine that we couldn’t eat our Christmas dinner because we passed out. No? Oh…just me then. All of that aside, I’m here to help you put a stop to bingeing over Christmas. These tips should help you. I’m going to be using them myself!

Try to Keep as Much of a Routine as You Can

The key to avoiding a big binge is to keep as much of a routine as you can. If you wake up and go out without eating a healthy breakfast, chances are you’ll binge on the readily available sweets and chocolate. Keep as much of your regular routine as you can. I’ll still be eating my breakfast. Porridge and eggs to fill me up! I’ll also make sure I’m drinking lots of water to fill me up and hydrate me. I know Christmas can get busy, but it’s important you make healthy food choices where you can. Sites like uhn.net.au can help. Then you won’t feel guilty at times when you literally have no choice. It’ll also help you to learn to stop when you’re full. If you’re full after your Christmas dinner, don’t go back for seconds. There’s nothing worse than that ‘so full I could burst’ feeling. If you know you won’t be able to stop at one chocolate, don’t have a chocolate. All it takes is a little common sense.

Plan Your Binges

If you know there are going to be some occasions you won’t be able to help yourself, plan them. For instance, save yourself until your Christmas dinner. Then eat to your heart’s content. Try to go a few days eating regular, healthy food, and then allow yourself a Christmas cheat meal with chocolate and alcohol. It’s Christmas after all, so you can’t deprive yourself. Things will just work out much better if you plan!

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Get Some Exercise in

There’s absolutely no excuse to stop exercising over Christmas. Many gyms stay open. You can even get a 20 minute workout in in your living room! It’s all down to your mindset. You’ll feel so much better after getting your exercise in, you won’t feel so guilty about having a hot chocolate with cream. That doesn’t mean you can eat what you want, when you want. It just helps when it comes to damage control. Just think of the way you’ll look in your little Christmas outfits! I’m probably going to go on a few nights out over Christmas, and I want to look amazing in my outfits. Hang your outfits in plain sight and think of them when you want to binge.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to put a stop to your Christmas binges. If you want to look amazing, you’ll exercise your willpower muscle (think of it as a real muscle. That helps too)!

4 Good Reasons To Stop Smoking Cigarettes

Are you a smoker? If so, you are in good company. Despite the health warnings, so many people have yet to kick the habit, and there are still plenty of young people who take up cigarettes every year.

I’m not sure why – there is an element of rebelliousness involved, of course. And, young people tend to experiment a lot, in many ways. The problem is, what happens when then flirtation with something ‘naughty’ gets a grip on you and it becomes a fully fledged habit?

Well, the longer you carry on, the more likely it is that you won’t quit. And, if you feel like it’s something you can’t do now, how much harder will it be five or ten years down the line? And what sort of damage will you do to your body between now and then?

With this in mind, here are four good reasons to stop smoking cigarettes. Have a read and see if they can inspire you to make one of the healthiest changes to your lifestyle that you could ever go through.

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Health

I don’t need to go through all of the health issues that smoking causes – you already know them yourself. You know you are at greater risk of a stroke, and you realise that you could develop cancer in the mouth, lung, or anywhere else. The point is never to forget those risks. If you have them in your mind every time you spark up a fag, you are going to find it easier to change the way you think.

Fitness

When you smoke, you will never be as fit as you can be. The chemicals and tar deposits will impact your lung capacity, meaning you won’t be able to push yourself as far. Your arteries will clog up and start affecting your blood flow, meaning you will get tired quicker. And, smoking can also stop your muscles from growing, meaning you will be weaker than you could be. So, if you want to get into shape, quitting the smokes will help you achieve your goals.

Money

Who doesn’t want more money to spend on nice things? Smoking is an incredibly expensive habit these days, and can cost more than it does to feed you for a day. Let’s say that you smoke a ‘premium’ brand and get through 20 a day. That’s more than £9 a day, £63 a week, and almost £250 a month. What could you do with that sort of money if you quit?

It’s easy

Quitting smoking has never been easier. There is support available from your doctor, and you can pick up nicotine gum from your pharmacy to help you take the edge off your withdrawal. And, of course, there are e-cigarettes. You’ll need a battery and what are known as cartomizer refills. These screw into your battery and contain the e-juice of your choice, which you puff away on just like you are smoking a real ciggy. While nobody knows the long-term impact ecigs can have on your health, there’s no doubt they are safer than smoking tobacco.


So, there you have it – four convincing reasons, right? Let me know your thoughts or if you have any other ideas. And make the next cigarette you smoke an imaginary one!