Hope all is well with you. As we start to get into the festive mood I thought I would give you a few tips you can use on the run up to Christmas and over the holiday season.
We can enjoy the festive period without overdoing it. It doesn’t have to be a time when you drink like a fish and eat like a horse every day for a week….or maybe two.
If you want to beat the Christmas bulge this year and get to January the 1st without feeling like you have a mountain to climb, read these 10 top tips.
Use these strategies to help you cope with festive temptations which often lead into ill health and low energy levels for the next month.
1. Plan Ahead: Eating out later on? Don’t go out on an empty stomach. Plan a day of smaller meals beforehand and avoid between-meal treats.
2. Chocolates, Sweets and Biscuits: Never have more than one box open at a time, and keep unopened boxes out of sight. Don’t worry they won’t go off! Stagger them over the next few months if necessary, saying that if they are going to last a few months you have bought too much, give them away.
3. At the Christmas Buffet: Don’t be a buffet bandit! Make your selection then STEP AWAY FROM THE FOOD. No repeat trips. Think about what you’re putting on your plate – make it one portion. Choose a smaller plate and avoid the high saturated fat offerings like sausage rolls and quiche; instead load up on fruit, skinless chicken and vegetables.
4. In Work: If everyone brings in Christmas goodies to share (before Xmas and in January), don’t be a fool and join in, make your contribution of festive fruit – Satsuma’s, and EAT THEM rather than the high-calorie communal chocolates, biscuits and mince pies.
5. On Your “Big Shop” for Christmas: Make a shopping list and stick to it. Avoid the aisles of temptation and make your Christmas snacks plain popcorn, and vegetables with low fat dips.
6. The Xmas Bird: Not the one in the Xmas party, the feathered one for the dinner table! Turkey is a great source of protein and a low fat meat. Most of the fat that is present in a cooked turkey will be found in the skin. So don’t eat the skin and your sure to win!
7. Vegetable Portions. Even on Christmas Day, when turkey, stuffing, chipolatas and bacon rolls are begging to be eaten, make sure vegetables take up one third of the space on your dinner plate. If you’re in charge of cooking, steam veg where possible or use only a small amount of water. Brussels sprouts, peas and carrots can all be served unbuttered. Use the veg water for gravy and any leftover vegetables in a delicious soup to help fill you up and keep down the calorie count in the days after Christmas.
8. Healthy options: Want to keep the calories down even further? Try dry roasting potatoes on a non-stick baking sheet or use an oil spray instead of smothering them with fat. You can also make gravy using vegetable stock instead of meat juices. Buy some extra vitamin supplements such as vitamin C formula.
9. Put the Beer Down: Who doesn’t drink more at Christmas? At the very least, steer clear of sweet cocktails and creamy liqueurs and excess amounts of beer. Have a glass of water after every alcoholic drink to keep down the calorie count – it also has the benefit of leaving you with a clearer head the next morning and less toxicity in your system.
10. Don’t be the One “Who Ate All the Pies”: The average mince pie contains around 250 calories and that’s before you’ve added cream or brandy butter. Can’t resist this Christmas treat? Try removing the lid to cut its calorie-count.
If you follow these tips you will be sure to hit the ground running in the New Year and make your new goals and targets a bit easier to achieve.
Committed to Your Health and Vitality,
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