The festivities have begun and there’s so manyTop Tips for Healthy Eating This Christmas amazing things to eat and drink! As your tables fill with indulgent dishes, your stomach and waistline can easily grow in the week of Christmas and New Year. We’re here to help with some tips to enjoy all that Christmas has to offer without a major health and fitness debt to repay in January!
Moderation is Key
You don’t need to fill your plate high with food to enjoy your favorite dishes! A little of everything can be enough to satisfy the craving for the things you can eat only at this time of year. Have a light healthy snack before to ensure you aren't too hungry before your meal to prevent over indulging. When drinking alcohol, be sure to pace yourself with a glass of water in between each drink to keep hydrated and avoid the post-Christmas lunch hangover.
Take it slow and rest between courses and listen when your body signals it is full. The added benefit of taking things easy is that you’ll be able to stay at the table for longer, instead of collapsing in a food coma half way through the day!
Add a Quick Workout to Your Day
Just 10 to 15 minutes can be enough to keep on top of your fitness during the Christmas period! While you may be too busy for a full workout, there are plenty of online workouts you can do from home! Check out these workouts by Chloe Ting and Juice and Toya for inspiration!
In addition, a walk after eating is great to aid your digestion and build up your appetite for the next round of food and drinks. The Crisp fresh air will help revive you and keep you in the festive spirit!
Add More Vegetables and Limit Processed Food
Opting for more of the vegetable and lean meat dishes at the table is great for helping with calorie control and vitamin intake during the festive period! Many festive recipes are also super easy to substitute for healthier versions without affecting the taste. Try to limit processed foods and select the homemade options wherever possible to cut down on excess fat, salt and sugar.
Don’t Stress and Enjoy this Special Time
After weeks of preparation, now is the time to relax, forget about your daily worries, and enjoy this special time with friends and family. No matter if in person or virtually we are lucky to be able to spend time with the ones we love as we share the joy of the festive season and prepare to end another year. Happy Christmas!