Dec 15 2014
So last week we talked about how you can still enjoy the fun and festivities around Christmas – without gaining a ton of weight that you regret the moment 2015 arrives. If you missed the article, you can catch up here With Christmas looming even closer, we want to share…
So last week we talked about how you can still enjoy the fun and festivities around Christmas – without gaining a ton of weight that you regret the moment 2015 arrives. If you missed the article, you can catch up here
With Christmas looming even closer, we want to share a few ideas that might seem simple – that again help you limit damage over this festive period. Rest assured, we want to enjoy Christmas too, and we don’t expect anyone to feel like they are missing out! But these tips may help you manage the Christmas craziness and still feel good about yourself along the way….
Don’t eat chocolate for breakfast!
We’ve all done it – you open presents on Christmas morning, and hiding somewhere in the mix is a box of your favourite chocolates or sweets. There may already be a tin of Celebrations lying around somewhere, or the treats hanging off the tree… Despite being totally alien to normal behaviour, Christmas morning it’s seems ok to eat chocolate for breakfast! Funny thing is, do you even enjoy it?
It’s in that little morning lul, after the present opening, whilst the food is still being prepared – that it often goes wrong. Sugar tends to fill you up quickly, but leave you unsatisfied, so often this leads to a skipped breakfast, perhaps even a glass of champagne or two… one thousand calories later (six chocolates and two glasses of champagne!) you’ve munched your way through half the kids sweets and lunch hasn’t even started!
Get up on Christmas morning, have a normal breakfast and a big glass of water, and stay off the extra sweets and chocolates until after your lunch. Then you’ll eat what you have space left for, rather than eating your way aimlessly through bags of junk.
Throw food out
Yes, its not a policy I’m in favour of every other time of year – but don’t eat food left in your kitchen just for the sake of it. If you’re in charge of the Christmas party then offer your guests the leftovers to take away with them. If you’re in someone else’s house, leave all the Christmas food there – don’t be tempted to run away with the remaining mince pies! Enjoy them on Christmas day, and keep them as a Christmas treat – there’s no need to eat your fill for the rest of the week and drag out the overindulgent eating for another week.
Have some healthy food on offer
Many people are entertaining or hosting over the Christmas period, and are keen to look after their guests well. This is perfectly understandable, but looking after your guests doesn’t mean having an endless tap of unhealthy food on offer. In fact, most people are quite keen to get back to at least some ‘normal’ food after the feast of Christmas day. Look for some creative ways to use your leftover turkey in salads or even homely winter stews.
Click here for an easy quick cook Turkey Tabbouleh
When planning for a big family gathering, it can be difficult to predict the right amount of food – and it’s usual to overestimate the quantity we need rather than underestimate, after all, no one wants to leave their guests going hungry! But, be sensible – better to go overboard on extra bags of fresh fruit that people can enjoy, than crisps. You might be surprised just how appreciative of the light, fresh foods after the heavy Christmas dinner, your guests will be.
So, there you have it…..This is us tuning out for 2014! We hope you have enjoyed all our blogs and advice over the course of the year – and that we try to give you practical, useful advice without sounding like the Scrooge! For all of you who fail to heed our words we’ll have our spectacular KickStart Program opening once again this January! Look out for this great offer.
Have a very merry Christmas from Sal and I here at Salecca, and we look forward to a healthy start to 2015 🙂