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How to Have a Healthy Christmas

How to Have a Healthy Christmas

Christmas time brings with it festive cheer, family get-togethers, parties and of course, lots of food. All this calls for celebration. and why not? After all, it is the best time of the year. The holidays, however, also present many opportunities to overindulge in all sorts of sweet treats and tasty drinks. If you’re worried about letting your diet slip this Christmas season and getting out of shape, here are some helpful ways to stay on track and still enjoy the Christmas fun.

Portion Control

Research shows that we eat more when we use bigger plates. This is also true if there’s more food displayed. Keeping an eye on your portions during your holiday meals, will stop you from going over the top and still allow you to enjoy the delicious festive cuisine.

Keep Working Out

The most important thing, is sticking to your workouts on the days leading up to Christmas Day. The festive season is a busy time for all so simply take 20 minutes out of your day to stay active. After your massive Christmas meal deflate your bloated stomach by taking a nice walk. This will help aid digestion and free up some room for dessert.

Don’t Go Out Hungry

Eat a full meal before any Christmas event you attend, one that contains both protein and carbohydrates. Also, when Christmas shopping, have a small snack before you go or pack a small bag of nuts and a piece of fruit in your bag. The protein will help keep you feeling full when you’re faced with all those high-calorie snacks. The carbs will also fuel your body with energy.

Be Selective

There’s no need to miss out on Christmas meals.  Survey the food and decide what you must have and what you can leave out of your plate. Turkey is a healthy food, get full on Turkey breast and avoid roast potatoes.

Drink Sensibly

Some of the favourite festive drinks such as mulled wine, Baileys, and hot chocolate are bursting with calories. Have something to eat before you go out drinking to slow the absorption of alcohol into your system. It is also important to try and drink a glass of water after every drink.

Have fun

Our last health tip for the Christmas season is to have fun! Christmas is a busy time and it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of it all. Remember, to make some you-time and treat yourself to something which you enjoy doing, be it reading a book, listening to music or going for a walk. Those 20 minutes, will help you to face the tasks at hand with a new perspective.

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