At this time of the year it is much more difficult than others to stick to healthy eating! With parties, festivities, and traditions mostly centred on an abundance of delicious treats, snacks, and meals, it’s difficult not to overindulge! Although we can’t always stay away from all the temptations, we can try and include some healthy options over the next few weeks.
Here are some tips, tricks, and fun ideas to help you stick to healthy eating:
1. When you are going to be out and about Christmas shopping, running errands, or attending umpteen parties, plan ahead and never leave the house without a healthy snack. Things such as homemade energy balls or bars, nuts and seeds, fruit and cheese, or veggies and hummus can make for great, and filling, snacks.
2. On Christmas day, have a balanced and healthy breakfast including some fruit and protein. Making a yummy breakfast Christmas morning can be healthy and fun, like whole grain pancakes shaped as a reindeer face with fruit as toppings.
3. It is not necessary to completely abstain from any and all sweets and festive foods during this time, at least aim to load up your plate with the healthy, nutritious options first. This will dull your hunger and appetite so you are less likely to overeat the bad stuff! This is also a good time to practice portion control, especially when it comes to the desserts and high-sugar drinks.
4. Instead of dessert, or at least instead of a full serving of dessert, have a cup of herbal tea prior to eating the sweets. The tea will help make you feel full and less likely to scarf down the treats, while also providing some antioxidants!
5. Ensure you still include some time to exercise including walks with the family out in the parks or woods (not just traipsing around shopping malls!).
6. Don’t keep tempting things around the house and resist the temptations in the office. Take a bite or two, but share the rest so it is not tempting you all the time. You could re-gift it to the local food banks.
7. Drink plenty of water. Make sure, as you go throughout your day, you are sufficiently hydrated. Even slight dehydration can trick us into thinking we’re hungry, and, therefore, we are more likely to overeat and give in to the temptations.
Don’t be afraid to say no, your health is your priority!