Christmas Eating

by (Dietitian & Sports Dietitian)

Christmas is a time for celebration and of course overindulgence in food and alcohol is very much a part of that. All the fun however, can turn sour as we think of those few extra kilos that are so much harder to get off than they are to put on.

Here are some helpful tips to help get you through this festive time.

  • Have your regular healthy meals and never go to a function starving. If you skip meals you are more likely to fill up on high fat snacks.
  • Limit your intake of deep fried foods, crumbed and batter foods as they are all high in fat. If you have a tendency to over eat, work out how many savouries you’re going to limit yourself to and stick to it. Pick up one savoury at a time, then walk away.
  • A good conversation should distract you from the food so chat and mingle. If you are bored at a party you’re more likely to hover around the food table or seek out the serving platter
  • If it’s you hosting the party, offer your guests a range of low fat snacks as well.
  • If you are taking a plate, make sure yours is healthy that way you are guaranteed to have at least one healthy option at the gathering.
  • Listen to your body and stop eating when you feel full.
  • Join in the Christmas backyard cricket game or go for a walk.
Foods to Choose Foods to Limit
Vegetable sticks for dipping
Oven baked pita chips
Chips, Corn chips
Baguettes, bread or bread rolls Garlic Bread
Fruit salad and a slither of the fruit cake Cheesecake, mud cake, anything topped with large amounts of cream
Open sandwiches, kebabs, fresh seafood Deep fried savouries

 

If you do really overdo it, take a deep breath and start the next day. A few parties doesn’t make you overweight, it’s what you do the other 360 days of the year.

by (Dietitian & Sports Dietitian) on 3rd December 2013 |

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