In this month's column for Get the Gloss, WelleCo co-founder Elle Macpherson shares her secrets on staying healthy throughout the chaotic festive season.
December is a crazy month; we are all overworked, stressed and partied out. Here is my guide on eating and drinking healthily and generally looking after yourself at this busy time. Because there’s nothing worse than getting to January and feeling horrendous…How I survive December with sanity intact
It sounds simple but I just schedule it all in. At the start of the month, I’ll sit down with a calendar planner and schedule in all our family commitments (family always comes first) then I’ll add in business appointments and exercise - it’s just as important to schedule in your exercise as work meetings. Then I add the parties. Of course, throughout the month I’ll drink water, water, water and my SUPER ELIXIR Alkalising Greens, without fail!
If I’m going out, I love a virgin cocktail (I am quite partial to a mock Mojito – fresh lime, slices of ginger, soda, lots of ice and a little mint on top) or a simple ginger ale on ice in a tumbler. Sometimes I have it in a champagne glass. I also love elderflower water. As far as canapés go, I skip the snacks; they add up and are not that enjoyable - they’ve usually been sitting around for a while too. If I’m throwing the party myself, I choose a great champagne to start or a vodka-based cocktail. For non-drinkers, it might be elderflower water. I love a cheese and nut plate or tuna tartar on gluten-free toast as canapés. If there’s a meal, there’ll be a choice of fish or chicken, vegetables and salad, accompanied by a great wine (very important). Sometimes we will do a vegan meal depending on the guests. Finally, dessert - I personally love a soufflé.The Christmas traditions I really look forward to
I love decorating the tree with the kids, all five. We've collected ornaments from around the world and each of the kids has their favorites. While decorating, we often reminisce about where we found them or which ones the kids loved as children. My favourites are the funny ones such as a koala on skis or a New York taxi cab; we have wooden soldiers, like puppets, from England and beautiful globes with pictures of the kids when they were babies. I also still love preparing the Santa sacks (even though we have two nearly 19-year-olds, a 16-year-old and two nearly 14s) they each have one with their names on them and they've had them since they were small. Santa puts them at the end of the bed on Christmas Eve for when they wake up on Christmas morning. On Christmas Day, we are usually in the snow, so we have a cozy breakfast - pancakes, eggs, panettone - then a lighter lunch and a big Christmas night party with all the family and friends.
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