Tis the season to be jolly!
But that does not mean that you have to go crazy! Because come New Years Day, the resolutions will be in full swing, and guess what the No 1 resolution is?
To lose weight!
Why put yourself on the back foot by gaining a few kilos/pounds/cm’s during the festive season. You can still have an amazing time if you have to be smart about it!
I have put together my top 12 tips for a healthier Christmas.
1. Don’t make unrealistic weight loss goals during the festive season.
Maybe choose a couple of days like Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, that you will indulge a little and the rest of the time, you can focus on eating well and exercising.
Just going a for a walk every day will do wonders! My hot tip – go for a walk in the evenings and check out the Christmas lights in your neighborhood or enjoy a game of backyard cricket.
2. Don’t skip meals.
Make sure you don’t skip meals as you might end up binging later on unhealthy foods.
3. Eat something before you go to a party or function.
This will ensure that you are not too hungry when you are there and be more likely to over indulge on unhealthy foods. Hot tip – have a healthy smoothie before you leave the house. It is easy to make and will fill you up. I have plenty of smoothie recipes that you can check out, including my healthy choc nutty smoothie and coconut, mango & banana smoothie.
4. Don’t stand near the food table.
You are more likely to pick at the food if you are standing closer to it. Instead walk around and go chat to everyone. The further away you are from the food, the more likely you will not pick at it.
5. Try to make healthier choices when selecting meals.
Try to avoid meals with heavy cream sauces and fried foods. Instead, try to choose meals that contain vegetables or salad.
6. Have smaller portion sizes.
If you are going to eat foods that you would not normally have then, make sure you only have a small serve.
7. Don’t feel obligated to eat everything that is served to you.
It is ok to say no. Just make sure you are polite about it.
8. If you are catering make sure you include lots of healthy options for people.
Always have a platter of home-made dips (guacamole or my roast beetroot, onion + macadamia dip are great options) and vegetable sticks. Most meals can be made into healthier versions with a few simple swap of ingredients.
9. Be creative with your cooking.
You don’t have to miss out if you are smart about it. You can choose or make healthier treats that are just as tasty – Christmas is a great time to get creative in the kitchen! Check out my 15 must make raw desserts for the holiday season.
10. Limit your alcohol intake.
A shot of vodka or gin with mineral/soda water with a squeeze of lime is probably the healthiest alcoholic option. So have that it you can.
Make sure you keep hydrated by having a glass of water in between each glass of alcohol.
11. Assist with the menu planning.
Offering to help with the menu or even offer to bring a plate can help ensure that there will be healthier options to enjoy. Hot Tip – bring a fruit platter, salad or a healthy appetizer. I love to bring a plate of these prosciutto & mozarella skewers when I attend parties.
12. Try not to feel too guilty if you have over indulged or eaten something that you would not normally eat.
One bad meal or bad day is not going to matter in the long run. Tomorrow is a new day!
I also have a big selection of healthy Christmas recipes that you can check out. Some are my own recipes and some are from my favourite healthy foodies.
Do you have a favourite tip that helps you stay on track over Christmas and the holiday season? I would love for you to share in the comments below.