The holiday season is upon us once again! Many of us just accept that over Christmas we will gain weight. This is not inevitable however, and it is possible to enjoy the holiday season without unwanted weight gain! Read on for our tips and tricks for a healthy and fun holiday season!
Aim to still stick to a balanced plate of lean protein, low GI carbohydrate and plenty of vegetables. Christmas is often a time where our vegetable intake suffers, and we eat more carbohydrate-based meals. This is where many additional calories can sneak in. Try to stick to the plate model illustrated below.
Christmas is also often a time where we overindulge and eat even though we are not hungry. Remember to stay in tune with your natural hunger and satiety cues and eat accordingly.
It is important to make sure that you keep hydrated, especially as it is summer. Furthermore, when we are dehydrated we often perceive that as hunger. So you may find yourself over eating when you are in fact actually thirsty. Soda water with lemon or lime is a great refreshing option if you do not like plain water.
This doesn’t have to be a chore and you don’t have to spend hours in the gym. The aim is to just keep active. Go for walks with your family, bike rides, or head to the beach or park. Whatever you enjoy doing! Often we can forget to keep moving when we are on holidays, and this can obviously contribute to weight gain.
Christmas and New Years is often a time when everyone’s alcohol intake is a bit higher than normal. Aim to try lower calories option such as light beer, low calorie wine and vodka with soda water and lime. Keep up your intake of non-alcoholic drinks in between to stay hydrated. This helps to minimise the amount of alcohol you end up drinking also.
Work Christmas parties and various functions typically include lots of high calorie finger food. Before you leave have a light meal, such as a salad or sandwich, and that way you will not be starving and spend the night filling up on finger food.
If you tell yourself that you cannot have something, you will only want it more! That is just human nature! Instead of depriving yourself, just stick to smaller portions in moderation and take the time to sit down and enjoy your food! No guilt!
We would love to know your tips and ideas for a healthy holidays season! And keep an eye on our Facebook and Pinterest page for lots of delicious recipes for Christmas food and drinks!