When supermarket shelves are stacked with Christmas treats (fruit cake or fruit mince pies anyone?) as soon as Halloween is over, everyone seems to be using boxes of chocolates as small gifts of appreciation and you’re hopping from function to function, how can you not help but gain some extra weight? Not to mention all those leftovers after Christmas Day too!
One: Do your best to maintain a consistent eating and exercise routine in the lead up to Christmas.
Aim for 3 balanced meals (and 2 small snacks if needed) each day and prioritise lean proteins and lots of vegetables.
Don’t use the festive season as an excuse to slack off with exercise either! If you’re finding it difficult to schedule in your regular gym sessions, why not try to mix socialising with physical activity instead? Try catching up with friends/family for what I call an active catch-up (i.e. grab a coffee and walk around your neighbourhood instead of sitting in the cafe, head out for a day at the beach or even try a new gym class with a few friends).
Two: If you’ll be attending a big lunch (or dinner) function, opt for a lighter dinner (or lunch) meal that day.
Examples of quick and easy light meals would be a salad with lots of veg and the addition of a lean protein (try grilled chicken, tinned fish or lean leg ham or turkey slices). An omelette is also another healthy light option (use 2 eggs and add some veggies as a filling e.g. spinach, mushrooms, onion, capsicum etc).
Bringing a healthy plate to share means you’ll not only be certain there will be a healthy choice available, but you’ll also be helping out the host.
A colourful fruit platter (who else is loving the abundance of summer fruit at the moment?!) or hummus dip with veggie sticks or wholegrain crackers are excellent options.