At Christmas it can be hard to stay healthy. With so many treats around and the temptation to sleep them off in front of the TV, it’s no wonder that people gain an average of 5lb (2kg) over Festive Holiday Season. It only takes an extra helping of pudding and a few more glasses of wine or chocolates and suddenly you’ve had all your daily calories in one sitting.
While many of the traditional Christmas foods are actually very low in fat, it’s the trimmings and extra nibbles that can add the kilograms. The Natural Way recommends the following simple tips to eat, drink and be healthy over the Christmas period:
1. Keep Healthy Foods Available.
Always carry some healthy snacks in your handbag during the lead up to Christmas. If you then become too wrapped up in Christmas shopping , this avoids rushing to the closest fast food outlet to satisfy your hunger.
2. Avoid Losing Weight – Aim for Maintenance.
Though you may have some time off work, do not aim to lose weight during the festive season. This can leave you feeling deprived and could even lead you to ‘binge’ eat the very foods that you have been trying to avoid. Just concentrate on not gaining any more weight rather than trying to lose it – and then any kilograms lost during this time is then an added bonus.
3. Focus On The Healthier Options.
When faced large amounts of food at Christmas parties, fill up on the foods you know are healthy and have only a small amount (or none) of the others.
4. Be Choosy.
You need to evaluate the food on offer & make conscious choices before filling your plate. You should only pick the foods that you really want (and not a little bit of everything), as this will help you to avoid overeating.
5. Choose Fresh Foods.
A good rule to making the right choices is to remember that fresh, whole foods are often always better than processed ones. The same goes for homemade foods over shop-bought ones.
6. Whatever You Do, Don’t Go Hungry.
Keep eating regularly throughout the day, rather than “saving it all up” for one big meal. Also, if you are attending a Christmas party, it’s a good idea to eat a small healthy snack before going out, as it will prevent you from over-indulging when you get to the party.
7. Stop Eating When You’re Full.
Although this is obvious, sometimes you can eat until you feel positively uncomfortable. Make sure you eat until you are satisfied, and not totally over-stuffed – and if you get hungry later, you can always snack on any healthy leftovers.
8. Limit Your Alcohol Consumption.
Not only are alcoholic drinks full of ‘empty’ calories, they also impair judgement. If you overindulge, you will be more likely to eat more of the very food that you are trying to limit.
9. Keep on The Move.
Keep exercising to counteract any effects from Christmas feasting! If your whole family is on holidays over Christmas, indulge in long family walks after big meals or at when at parties, get dancing!
After all it is the holiday season!!