10 Amazing tips for a healthier Christmas

Let’s be honest, we all overindulge a tiny little bit at Christmas, and why not? It is the season to be jolly after all. You are going to be surrounded by delicious treats, huge meals, and some alcohol; from the time you wake up, to the time you eventually get to bed, so it’s going to be virtually impossible to avoid all that temptation. Everyone deserves a break from strict rules at Christmas and a chance to be able to have a good time, but if you go too far, you know you will only regret it by the time the New Year comes. If you want to have fun, but not go crazy, read these ten tips that will make sure you have a great time at Christmas, and don’t feel awful about it afterwards.

1. Don’t go to Christmas parties hungry

Everywhere you go over the festive season you will be offered food and you can bet that the buffet tables at parties aren’t going to be stacked high with carrot sticks and lettuce leaves! Eat before you go to any Christmas parties and you won’t be quite so tempted to overindulge on all the high calorie treats that are laid out before you.

2. Don’t forget portion control

Pace yourself with your food and don’t let all your sense of portion control fly straight out the window just because it’s Christmas. If you are sensible on the portion sizes of your traditional Christmas dinner, you will have room left for all the treats that come after it and you won’t feel so bloated. If you control your portion sizes, you can still enjoy a little bit of everything that is on offer, but you still won’t be going over the top.

3. Don’t overdo the alcohol

You might start your day with a bucks fizz for breakfast and end it with a brandy before bed, but don’t lose count of what you drink in between on Christmas Day. No one is suggesting that you note every drink down in a notebook, but be careful, because it is very easy to get carried away. If you drink too much alcohol, you are likely to lose a bit of self-control as well and then you will eat more than you intended to, as well as get a thumping headache the next morning.

4. Don’t let yourself get stressed

If you are hosting a Christmas party, try to enjoy yourself and don’t let yourself get stressed out. Don’t worry if the turkey is a bit overdone, or the Brussels sprouts are too hard, no one will notice, because they will be having too much fun. Christmas comes but once a year. Make the most of it, and have some fun too.

5. Eat slowly

Savour all those wonderful Christmas flavours, because eating slowly is the easiest way to control how much you eat. It takes about twenty minutes for your brain to register how much you have eaten, so chew your food slowly and then you will know when to stop.

6. Stay active

Sitting in front of the TV after Christmas dinner has become almost a tradition in some families, but there are so many better things that you could be doing that will work off some of the Christmas dinner. Get outside and play with the kid’s new bikes, or go for a family walk. Try and avoid just sitting between meals and it will stop you piling on the Christmas pounds.

7. Eat healthy snacks

Not all Christmas treats are unhealthy, so, when the treats are passed around, reach for the healthiest ones that you can see. Most people have nuts and fruit in the home over the holiday season, so go for things like that instead of mince pies and all the other types of high caloric snacks that you will be offered.

8. Take food with you

If you are going to be in someone else’s home for Christmas, offer to make some food as your contribution toward the party. That way, you can make sure that there will be at least one or two healthy dishes on the table, and you will know exactly what has gone into them.

9. Be careful with food

Did you know that December is one of the most common months for people to get food poisoning? One of the reasons for this is that food is often left out for too long, and the other is that the turkey has not been cooked properly. Don’t let your food standards slip over Christmas. Keep food in the refrigerator and only put out small amounts as and when it is needed. If you have bought a frozen turkey for Christmas, let it thaw out in the refrigerator and allow at least 10 to 12 hours thawing time for each kilo.

10. Be realistic about Christmas

Don’t let your health concerns ruin Christmas for you. Follow these simple tips and you will be able to control your eating and stay healthy over the festive period. Christmas is for having fun and indulging yourself a bit, so have fun, in moderation, and you can work it all off in the New year.

Stay happy!

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