Christmas Day is almost here! So what can you do to eat well over the next few weeks? Here are my top tips to keep the belly bulge at bay and feel great during the holidays.
1. Drink water regularly. Dehydration due to heat and drinking alcohol will make you feel lethargic and can lead to headaches. If you are drinking alcohol, always have a glass of water in between drinks and a big glass of water before you go to bed.
2. Keep an eye on portion sizes. Eating too much is often why we feel bloated and gain weight during the holidays. When you are serving yourself on Christmas Day, think about
how much you need to put on your plate. The meat should be about the size of a deck of cards, only have one potato and fill the rest of your plate with healthy vegetables. And when it comes to dessert, have a very small portion – you will thank yourself! Also, don’t go back for seconds.
3. Choose the healthy options first – then top up with treats. On Christmas Day, there is often a smorgasbord of food options to choose from. Fill your plate with the healthy vegetables first and then add the rest.
4. Watch out for the creamy sauces. There are often delicious sauces cooked on Christmas Day. While these taste great, they are often not great for you. Just put a little on the side of your plate so you can have the taste without drowning your food.
5. If you are heading to a cocktail party, try to eat dinner before you go. The food at cocktail parties is often tasty, but not very healthy. If you are not hungry when you arrive, you can avoid over-eating cocktail treats.
6. Eat before you start to drink the Christmas tipple. Alcohol is absorbed directly from the stomach lining. If you have food in your stomach this will slow rate of alcohol absorption into your blood.
7. Don’t arrive at Christmas lunch or dinner really hungry. Starting Christmas Day with a substantial, healthy breakfast (and having a similar lunch, if the celebration meal is dinner) is a sure-fire way to ensure you are not starving when you arrive to the festivities and devour the whole wheel of baked Camembert!
8. Exercise is key. Christmas time is a time of fun and frivolity, which might lead to eating a little more than usual. Another excellent way to beat the bulge is to combat it with exercise. Try to get 30 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise everyday during the holidays.
Have a fabulous Christmas with your friends and family! Enjoy!