Tips for a Happy Healthy Christmas
It is natural to indulge a little over Christmas, and it is easy to pile on the pounds and start the New Year feeling guilty, overweight, sluggish and tempted to start a crazy detox or unrealistic exercise schedule. We have devised some simple tips for you to navigate the party season and stay bright eyed and bushy tailed into the New Year.
At this time of year, we are surrounded by tempting treats and invitations to parties where food and drink are flowing. Remember that Christmas is an opportunity to spend time with people you love and not to eat and drink yourself into a coma. These days any indiscretions and over indulgences are likely to be documented, photographed and posted.
- Don’t go out hungry as you are more likely to over eat when you get the chance
- Eat slowly and enjoy every mouthful
- Enjoy the turkey, it is low in calories and high in protein
- If you are cooking, look up some healthy substitutions and recipe options
- Keep healthy snacks to hand like nuts, carrot sticks and celery
- Limit your portions of cheese, crisps, chocolates and desserts
- Make sure you eat lots of vegetables like brussels sprouts, carrots and parsnips
- Remember Christmas dinner is just a special roast dinner
- You don’t have to deny yourself anything just control your food portions
- Alternate your alcoholic drinks with a glass of water. Drinking water before, during and after a night of boozing replenishes your body
- Don’t do any shots, the sudden burst of high-alcohol content in your blood is a sure-fire way to ensure quick intoxication
- Drink slowly and stop if you feel hot or flushed
- Pick your drinks wisely, go with red wine or a vodka with club soda and a lime. Red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that can raise levels of good cholesterol, support heart function and even has some immune supporting properties. Vodka averages 96 calories per 1.5 ounces and club soda contains no calories, making this a popular alcoholic drink for dieters.
- Prepare your stomach for the party, eat protein and healthy fats before and whilst you drink
- You can read more in our Blog – Don’t be a Red Nosed Reindeer
- Dance whilst you are cooking and cleaning it will help relieve tension and burn calories
- Don’t stop your usual exercise routine as soon as you break out the advent calendar
- Play games with the family, burn some calories and have some fun. If you have snow this Christmas, then go outside and have a snowball fight or go sledding
- Take a long walk before Christmas dinner to build up a healthy appetite or help with the cleaning, hosting and preparations
- Take a long walk after dinner to help digestion or help to clean up
The Fitness Chef can provide you with healthy meals to meet your goals and recommend a meal plan tailored to your needs. We understand the importance of a balanced diet and make healthy eating options available to busy London workers. We produce fresh, nutritionist approved dishes tailored to your requirements which can be delivered to your home, gym or office, or picked up from our kitchen based in the City Point Building, Moorgate. For anyone who needs a more bespoke meal plan we are more than happy to provide a tailor-made service please contact us by Email.