THI's Ten Hot Tips for a Healthy Christmas.
By Amy Crawford
How many of us come back from our Christmas festivities cursing ourselves for splurging like we did, vowing "I'll never eat again!" or "It's just not worth it, I feel so awful, that's it! Tomorrow I start afresh!"
Guaranteed the majority of you have said something with words to that effect. Well I'm hoping to offer a little assistance this year (for me AND you) to help preempt our discomfort by offering some simple solutions.
10 tips to help us feel jolly (and healthy) throughout the holidays.
1. Begin your day as any regular day; prepare a nourishing and satiating breakfast to ensure you're not ravenous by the time Christmas lunch is served. Don't skip meals to save calories! Who can beat a nourishing poached egg? Or perhaps the 'breakfast in Bondi smoothie' is more your thing.
2. Eat a protein-packed snack an hour before your holiday meal. Why not pre-prepare some protein bliss balls to serve, or to take with you as a gift to the host. Your fellow guests will appreciate your effort and you’ll ensure you have a healthy snack to keep your eyes off the inevitable sugar laden treats that abound.
3. Don't think of the holidays as an excuse to gorge on unhealthy food. Plan in advance to make sure there are options available that you can enjoy.
4. Scan the spread before putting anything on your plate. Choose wisely! Opt for good quality protein and salads without the rich, creamy dressings.
5. Set an intention for a healthy day. Visualise how you would like to feel after the meal and hold yourself accountable by sharing with a close friend or family member.
6. Start the meal with a soup, fresh vegetables, or a salad, and avoid any refined flour pastries or sweet appetisers to prevent the cycle of craving.
7. Drink a glass of water with lemon before the meal. Add apple cider vinegar for a digestive boost.
8. Plan an activity to look forward to after the meal — a group walk (did you know walking is considered the superfood of exercise?), visiting with other friends or family, a group game, or playing with younger family members. Or try offering to clean up and help your host!
9. Eat Mindfully:
- Take a few deep breaths before your meal.
- Sit next to someone you genuinely find interesting and engage in some good chat.
- Appreciate the colours and smells of your food.
- Chew thoroughly and slowly.
- Put your fork down between bites.
- Breathe in through your nose while you eat.
- Express gratitude with others before the meal.
10. Most importantly, take time to enjoy healthy, wholesome meals with your friends and family and remember that you can heal your body and mind with each forkful of delicious food you enjoy.
Much love and happiness to you all this Christmas. X