Healthy Christmas Tips
HO HO HO - Merry Christmas!!!!
It's almost the end of 2011 and its a time to reflect on the year and think about spending time with your loved ones. The thing is with all the shopping and cooking and family there often isn't much time left over. We often sacrifice both the food we put into our bodies as well as our exercise regimes for the "holiday spirit". This often sets us up for a week of eating and drinking in excess until the cruel harsh reality hits on New Year's Eve - THIS YEAR I AM GOING TO KEEP HEALTHY (as we take another slug of champers).
Don't get me wrong, we don't want to take the fun out of Christmas, but we do want to keep you as healthy as possible. Made up of suggestions from a number of fabulous women just like you they are practical, simple and easy to act on.
- Plan activities with the family that involve being away from the table (and the food). Things like family walks, cricket, treasure hunts and picnics are a great way to get out. Even make them a ritual so you ensure you do it every year
- Do your exercise FIRST thing in the morning. Whether or not you are an early bird, this will at least give you some good endorphins to keep motivated to have a smaller slice when the Christmas pudding arrives.
- Try go for a family walk after dinner. Its a great way to spend quality time together and the evenings are cooler and more comfortable to walk.
- Try having a high protein snack 20-30 minutes before your main meals. Things like protein shakes, bars, even some slices of meat (the 99% fat free ones) are easy. Snacking like this takes the crazy hunger away giving you more control when the meal starts
- If you are going to indulge in alcohol, try going with the ones lower in sugar. It will lessen your hangover and your waistline. A good example is vodka lime.
- Avoid the cheese and nut platters. Although both are high in protein and nuts are a good healthy fat, it stops being healthy after like 5 nuts - and who ever has only 5 nuts? But if you MUST, then make sure they are raw nuts not roasted.
- If you are hosting then plan your menu after a meal. Just being hungry will make you want to have a overindulgent meal. Ensure that there is a lot of choice of vegetables and you limit the amount of starches (ie: bread / stuffing / cake)
- When you do the shopping for the meal, make sure you eat beforehand. This will help you to avoid buying too much chocolate / lollies / ice-cream and make better choices.
- If you have a choice of what to eat, go with seafood options first. They are filled with healthy omega 3 and 6 and are yummy!
- If you are hosting put the food in another room to the table. Staring at food means you will pick at it and generally eat more. Buffets are evil m'kay :)
So that's our list. Have a fabulous Christmas and New Years period and let us know if you used any of the tips and whether they worked for you.