It’s that time of year again! There are rum balls and champagne at every corner, and it feels very easy to throw your healthy eating out the window. Have you used the “but it’s Christmas” excuse to justify that box of chocolates? Or each year do you promise to start a fresh diet on New Years Day (which you then promptly ‘break’ on January 2nd)? Rather then enter into this tired merry-go-round yet again, switch up your thinking. This time of year should be about love, giving and happiness, not gorging and guilt. Follow these tips, and you will never have to make silly dieting New Year Resolutions again.
Just because it is the festive season, it doesn’t mean you should eat Christmas cookies for breakfast and chocolate pudding for dessert every night. Instead, eat smartly. Strive to eat your 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables every day – this will ensure you get in lots of good nutrients, including fibre, and keep you feeling fresh and energetic.
If catching up for a meal with friends or family for a special occasion, watch your food portion sizes. Don’t deny yourself some pudding or pavlova, just have a small slice. This way you don’t over-indulge, yet you still get to enjoy the delicious treats the festive season has to offer.
Planning Ahead and Party Portions
If you are heading out to a function, plan ahead and eat something before you leave (a piece of fruit, some low-fat yoghurt, or slice of wholegrain toast). Having a healthy snack before you arrive means you are less tempted to fill up on kilojoule heavy party food.
If you are munching on a party snacks, watch your portions. Have a couple of small pieces, but don’t fill up on these foods. Sausage rolls, party pies, mini quiches may be small, but they quickly add up and before you know it you could have eaten half you daily kilojoule requirement in a number of small bites!
When having alcoholic beverages opt for a small glass, choose light beer and avoid pre-mixed drinks, which are full of sugar and kilojoules. Try vodka with soda water and a squeeze of lime for a refreshing beverage. Another good tip is to have a glass of water or soda between each alcoholic beverage, to ensure you stay hydrated and reduce the amount of alcoholic drinks consumed.
Lastly, rather than catching up with friends and family for yet another festive meal, a nice idea is to meet up for some outdoor fun! Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and head to the beach for a lovely walk or some beach cricket. How about playing ball games in the park? You could even go for a hike and have a picnic at the end! There are plenty of ways to be active and healthy this summer, and doing it with friends and family makes it all the more fun. Just remember to slip, slop, slap if outside without shade for extended periods!
Stay happy, healthy and active during the Festive Season this year. You’ll enter the New Year feeling fresh and fabulous!