5 Ways To Eat Better Over Christmas
December 21, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

Christmas is a time of celebration and enjoyment. Excessive eating and the consumption of high calorie food can be hard to resist this time of the year. Often people don’t watch what they eat during Christmas and end up regretting it in January. If you want to avoid hefty weight gain this Christmas, follow these five simple steps to ensure you that won’t find yourself binging this festive season.

Plan Your Food

food planning

Start organising what food you need to buy and write it down. Then draw up a plan to encourage you to eat well during the holidays. Planning ahead on what you will consume is a clever way to ensure you don’t fall into a trap of unhealthy eating. Write down a meal plan for each week so that you have a good strategy to maintain healthy eating through the holidays. Don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself nibbling on a packet of crisps after dinner. Everything in moderation is key.

Control Your Portions

portion control

This is the best way to control your intake of food this Christmas. Choose a smaller plate for dinners, this will ensure you can only fit a certain amount in a portion. Larger plates make it hard not to cut down on food. Make sure half of your plate is filled with vegetables to make the meal more nutritious. Switch potatoes for sweet potatoes as a healthier alternative. Turkey is a lean meat but make sure you avoid eating the skin of turkey as it contains more fat. Limit the amount of stuffing you have on your plate, as it’s high in sodium.

Avoid The Festive Coffees

avoid coffee

Steer clear of festive coffee menus even if they do look very tempting. Coffee chains such as Starbucks and Costa offer festive drinks this time of the year. They tend to be high in calories and have a lot of added sugar. Ditch the Toffee Nut Lattes and Black Forest Hot Chocolates for some herbal tea instead. Not only are they low in calories; they are also high in antioxidants. Many coffee shops have a great selection of teas that are also a lot cheaper as well as being healthier. Drink some herbal tea after dinner, as it will make you feel more full and less likely to devour a dessert. If you feel you must have your coffee fix, have an Espresso or Americano with no added milk or sugar.

Eat Before You Go To Parties

eat before parties

This will reduce your chances of snacking on unhealthy nibbles at parties. Try having a meal right before you go to limit the urge of scoffing down those mince pies. If you feel you must eat at a party, try bringing a healthy snack so you can have something to nibble on. Other party guests who are also eating healthy will appreciate a healthier option too. Unsalted popcorn is always a good and healthy snack to bring to a party. You can get creative and even invent your own Christmas themed healthy treats.

Drink Lots Of Water

drink lots of water

Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy over the holidays. Our bodies can often mistake thirst for hunger. Water has various health benefits including flushing out toxins and aiding digestion. It is recommended that you drink 2 litres a day. That is roughly 8 glasses of water. Drink a glass of water before a meal to help curb hunger and make you less likely to over-eat. Try adding some fresh fruit to your water for added healthiness. Vegetables such as ginger and cucumber are also a good way too boost goodness and flavour to your water.

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5 Ways To Eat Better Over Christmas
December 21, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

Christmas is a time of celebration and enjoyment. Excessive eating and the consumption of high calorie food can be hard to resist this time of the year. Often people don’t watch what they eat during Christmas and end up regretting it in January. If you want to avoid hefty weight gain this Christmas, follow these five simple steps to ensure you that won’t find yourself binging this festive season.

Plan Your Food

food planning

Start organising what food you need to buy and write it down. Then draw up a plan to encourage you to eat well during the holidays. Planning ahead on what you will consume is a clever way to ensure you don’t fall into a trap of unhealthy eating. Write down a meal plan for each week so that you have a good strategy to maintain healthy eating through the holidays. Don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself nibbling on a packet of crisps after dinner. Everything in moderation is key.

Control Your Portions

portion control

This is the best way to control your intake of food this Christmas. Choose a smaller plate for dinners, this will ensure you can only fit a certain amount in a portion. Larger plates make it hard not to cut down on food. Make sure half of your plate is filled with vegetables to make the meal more nutritious. Switch potatoes for sweet potatoes as a healthier alternative. Turkey is a lean meat but make sure you avoid eating the skin of turkey as it contains more fat. Limit the amount of stuffing you have on your plate, as it’s high in sodium.

Avoid The Festive Coffees

avoid coffee

Steer clear of festive coffee menus even if they do look very tempting. Coffee chains such as Starbucks and Costa offer festive drinks this time of the year. They tend to be high in calories and have a lot of added sugar. Ditch the Toffee Nut Lattes and Black Forest Hot Chocolates for some herbal tea instead. Not only are they low in calories; they are also high in antioxidants. Many coffee shops have a great selection of teas that are also a lot cheaper as well as being healthier. Drink some herbal tea after dinner, as it will make you feel more full and less likely to devour a dessert. If you feel you must have your coffee fix, have an Espresso or Americano with no added milk or sugar.

Eat Before You Go To Parties

eat before parties

This will reduce your chances of snacking on unhealthy nibbles at parties. Try having a meal right before you go to limit the urge of scoffing down those mince pies. If you feel you must eat at a party, try bringing a healthy snack so you can have something to nibble on. Other party guests who are also eating healthy will appreciate a healthier option too. Unsalted popcorn is always a good and healthy snack to bring to a party. You can get creative and even invent your own Christmas themed healthy treats.

Drink Lots Of Water

drink lots of water

Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy over the holidays. Our bodies can often mistake thirst for hunger. Water has various health benefits including flushing out toxins and aiding digestion. It is recommended that you drink 2 litres a day. That is roughly 8 glasses of water. Drink a glass of water before a meal to help curb hunger and make you less likely to over-eat. Try adding some fresh fruit to your water for added healthiness. Vegetables such as ginger and cucumber are also a good way too boost goodness and flavour to your water.

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