17 Dec Christmas Nutritious Guide
When your diary is full of Christmas parties and family gatherings, these tips can help you stay on track and still having fun!
1. Have a snack, before a party
You are less likely to overeat. Don’t go to a party hungry. If you do, you will be getting your body’s urges for sugar. A small handful mix nuts (chestnut, almonds, cashew, walnuts, pecan, pistache, ..) or some raw vegetables (carrots, celery, cucumber, cherry tomatoes,..) will keep you full for long.
2. Enjoy the roast
Roast turkey (protein) and vegetables (fibre) are associated with greater satiety. Make sure to serve up some turkey, roasted chicken, or prepare plant-based protein quinoa, lentils, or beans.
3. Make red wine your festive friend
When you do drink alcohol, make good choice. Avoid creamy and sweet drinks and excessive alcohol. Try to drink with food as this will reduce the impact of the sugars on your blood stream. Remember if you do overindulge in alcoholic drinks, drink plenty of water as rehydration is key to help reduce the effects of a hangover.
4. Healthy fats
We need fat in our diets to provide energy and absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, plus fat helps us feel full. Get healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from fatty fish, avocado, nuts, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, eggs, full fat dairy products.
5. Be choosy about sweets
When it comes to dessert, be very selective. Ditch added sugar holiday cookies, cakes, and pies can be very attempting. Stick to sugar that comes in its natural form (fruits, veggies, and desserts that use natural sugar)
6. Teas go on the cinnamon
It helps to block the surge in sugar after a carb-heavy meal, which means your body is less likely to store the food as fat. A sprinkling in your hot drinks should help.
7. Stay active
Exercise regularly One easy way to achieve this is by walking. By getting daily walks in over Christmas, you’ll help to keep your body fat levels down, as well as aiding the digestion.
At the end of the festive season, you may still have gained some weight. But keep it in perspective: it’s unlikely to be a problem in the long term, if you get back to your usual balanced exercise and healthy eating routine.
Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Nutritious New Year !!