Dieting on Christmas is not a good idea because everyone will notice and they will probably make you eat more than you intended to. Also, you could feel frustrated to eat only vegetables when everyone else is eating ‘the good stuff’. So its best to set yourself a few DO’S and DONTS to keep everything under control.
Are you ready for the ugly truth?
“The average Brit believes they only consume 3,000 calories on Christmas Day, but really they eat 7,000.”
In some cases winter holidays and Christmas time can be a challenging time, you may need to reunite with relatives you have got nothing in common with and don’t even like. Maybe your children are all grown up and there is no one to spend the holidays with.
Many times we turn to food for comfort and the festive season is always abundant in food and drinks high in fat and sugar.
So if you catch yourself comfort eating, be kind to yourself, we all are human beings and you are only trying to make yourself feel better.
DO’S AND DONTS to reduce your calorie intake:
1.DONT skip breakfast, have something that will keep you going without getting into the mince pies, eg: porridge made with skimmed milk, add unsalted nuts, seeds and chopped fruit, topped with cinnamon.
2.DONT eat while you are cooking.
3.DO try swapping your normal dinner plate with a smaller plate.
4.DO eat slowly; it takes around 20 minutes for your brain the register the felling full sensation. You may find your full before you finish…but not if you wolf it down.
5.DO leave some food on the plate; of course you don’t like good food going to waste but you can recycle it instead. Save the leftover, put them all in a pot and make a big stew and freeze it. Then you have it for those days after Christmas were you are all cooked out and just want to grab something quick to heat up!
6.DON’T clear your children plate
7.DO pile up your plate with vegetables they are low in calories and high in vitamin, minerals and fibre
8.DO reduce the amount of roasted potatoes and avoid second helpings. Keep the skin ON the potatoes as they will absorb less fat and will have more fibre good for a healthy digestion.
9.DO choose lean meat: turkey and chicken and remove the skin from the turkey.
10.DO have a smaller amount of gravy, drain the fat before preparing, fat is high in calories 1g of fat = 9kcal.
11.DON’T eat all Christmas pudding in one day, alternate with fruit salad and have smaller servings.
12.DO reduce alcohol intake and alternate with water. 1g of alcohol = 7kcal. Lower strength alcohol contains fewer calories. Yes we all like to have a drink over Christmas, but have cut off times, Switch to a nice herbal brew.
13.DO share the sweet treats or give them away, you don’t have to eat the whole tin of sweets on your own. Christmas is about giving after all!
14.DO go for a walk with your family or take your dog for a walk after a big meal and you will feel energised instead of feeling sluggish and guilty for overeating.
Christmas is such an amazing celebration, let’s remember is more than food, it is about love and sharing with people less fortunate than we are.