With Christmas fast approaching it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of work functions, social gatherings, and family get-togethers. Before long, we’re feeling bloated, guilty, and like we’ve blown an entire year’s worth of hard work. Here’s how to avoid some of that Christmas food guilt and continue your healthy lifestyle without giving up any of the fun.
Have a good breakfast.
Starting the day with a healthy meal sets you up for healthy eating and being full means we’re less likely to mindlessly gorge ourselves on all the sugary, carb-laden foods on offer.
Remember your portions.
At least half of your plate should be covered in vegetables – the more colours the better! A quarter of your plate should be meat, and the final quarter can be a kumara dish.
Choose the healthiest option.
If the meat is chicken or turkey go for the breast and leave out the skin or go for kumara over potatoes. Making your own sauces and gravies gives you the control over how much sugar and what kinds of fats go into them. Good choices here equate to a tasty AND health(ier) plate.
Flavour, flavour, flavour!
Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it has to taste like cardboard. Steam your vegetables and season with salt, pepper, lemon juice and a bit of good quality healthy oil. Herbs add taste-punch without hitting you in the belt.
Don’t hang around the food. It’s so tempting to reach out and nibble when we’re socialising around the table. Once you’ve finished eating your meal move away from the food. This will help avoid senseless grazing.
Drinks are as important as food.
Make sensible drinking choices. Often Christmas is accompanied by lots of alcohol and sugary drinks. Choosing to limit the amount of alcohol you consume, or staying away from the sparkling sugar water will keep those useless and unwanted calories to a minimum.
If you want to eat that pav or second helping of trifle no one is going to stop you. Having a cheat day isn’t going to ruin all the hard work that you’ve put in over the year, either. However, reminding yourself of the 80/20 rule (80% clean and healthy/20% not so clean and healthy) will help you to feel like you haven’t missed out on anything while still maintaining your healthy lifestyle.
The key to an enjoyable Christmas is to make choices that work for your lifestyle while not feeling limited by it. Plan. Be prepared for slip ups. Don’t stop exercising. But most importantly, have a safe, fun, and happy festive season.
Contact us to find out how we can help you with your nutrition over the Christmas period!