Help, Christmas is coming!
Christmas is a time of year full of temptation and indulgence, generally leading to excessive eating, drinking and spending!
Here I share a few tips on how to stay in control of your weight and overall well-being in the run up to the new year.
Choose your snacks wisely
Opt for real foods. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds are filling snacks that don't contain added sugars or unhealthy fats —
both of which can lead to weight gain, bad skin and longer term issues. Snack on fruits (preferably seasonal and low GI), nuts and nut butters, avocado, hummus, crunchy veg and healthy bars with no refined sugars (but look out for potential high date and rice syrup contents). Dark chocolate (from 85% cocoa upwards) is an extremely good snack too, as it is high in magnesium and antioxidants.
Be mindful of your portion sizes
Try and keep steady blood glucose levels throughout the day by eating little and often, so that you will not overeat when the richest meal of the year lands on your plate this Christmas.
Cinnamon is said to help balancing blood sugar levels, and by sprinkling this ingredient over your morning porridge or smoothie for example you should keep those sugar cravings at bay during the day.
Cut down on meat or go Vegetarian / Vegan!
I know, Christmas may not be the best time to actually decide to 'cut down' on anything, but perhaps considering what suffering the animals we eat have gone through whilst we are having our festive fun may encourage us to think and consume a little differently... Get a greater awareness on animal cruelty and find out how to help animals this Christmas with PETA.
If you are drinking... 'drink smart'
Don't start drinking on an empty stomach, and make sure to stay well hydrated throughout the night and on the day after! Wine and light beers will likely be less harmful than other alcoholic beverages.
Non-alcoholic cocktails, fizzy drinks and juices are not an healthy alternative as they are loaded with sugar and additives. Try and alternate simply with water or diluted juice instead. Coconut water is an extremely healthy drink, which can now be found in a wide range of natural and delicious flavours.