At Christmas it can be hard to stay healthy. Did you know that the average Christmas dinner contains over 1,400 calories, 70 per cent of the total calorie intake for an adult woman (2,000 calories a day) and over half the amount for an adult man (2,500 calories a day)? But don’t worry – with a bit of guidance from The Natural Way, you can stay healthy and still have a good time.
Make healthy Christmas lunch / dinner choices
* For starters try melon or smoked salmon. Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that are important for a healthy heart.
* Pile on the vegetables! Brussels sprouts, peas and carrots all contain antioxidants, which can help protect against heart disease and cancer (do not smother them in butter or any other fatty spread). Cold, crisp salads are also recommended – without ‘drowning’ them in oil-based dressings. Remember, frozen, tinned, dried and fresh vegetables all count towards the recommended five portions of vegetables a day.
* Turkey is low in fat and high in protein so it’s a great choice on Christmas Day, but do not eat the skin or you will add more fat and calories.
* If you can’t do without your roast potatoes, cook them using a vegetable oil spray or a minimal amount of olive oil. Also, cut them into large chunks so they’ll absorb less fat.
* Christmas pudding is quite low in fat and a small portion goes a long way (especially if it is dessert after a LARGE meal). Make sure you serve it with low-fat custard instead of rich ice-cream and cream. .
Select healthy snacks
* Cherries are a great source of Vitamin C so have a large bowl of these and other fruits in season available.
* A great healthy ‘nibble’ is rice crackers / pretzels or raw vegetable sticks served with low-fat dips or salsa.
* Eat a healthy breakfast when you wake up Christmas morning – by starting the day with a low-fat, high protein breakfast (or even just fruit), you will have a rise in blood sugar levels, making it less likely for you to pick at more naughty ‘treats’ while waiting for lunch to be served.
Recognise when enough is enough
* This is a tricky one but you should be full, not stuffed after your Christmas meal. Listen to your body and stop eating and drinking before you get heartburn!
* Being active is just as important as healthy eating and a great way of burning off extra calories. It can also keep children and guests entertained, and is also a great way of reducing stress levels (and let’s face it, Christmas can be stressful). Even a simple walk, will help you feel a whole lot better.
For more ideas to help you stay healthy over the Festive season, download our fantastic FREE Christmas program (click on the link below). Not only will you find more great tips, but delicious recipe ideas and a $25 voucher redeemable for use in our clinics in the new year.
The Natural Way would like to wish all of our blog followers a Merry Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2014. If you want the gift of health this year, just call us to make an appointment on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) and together we can make your Christmas wish come true!
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