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Studies have shown that the average person eats 6000 kcals on Christmas day – this is about three times what we normally eat! It’s important to  enjoy the festive season but we’re going to give you some handy tips to avoid piling on the pounds and make your festive period just a little healthier…

 

 

Christmas Survival Checklist

  • Stay hydrated – it’s easy to forget to keep drinking water when all the festivities are happening
  • Include some protein with each meal and snack to keep you feeling satisfied
  • Eat slowly and only to 80% full – listen to your hunger and fullness cues and you will find it easier not to overeat. It takes 20 mins for the brain to register satiety levels so giving it a chance for this to happen will ensure you don’t overeat
  • Eat little and often to keep sugar cravings away and to keep your energy levels up
  • Stock up your fruit bowl – selection box season is a tough one for any chocolate lover but a couple of oranges will satisfy that sugar craving & stop you reaching for the tin of chocolates
  • Have healthy snacks available – choose fresh over processed food and aim for as close to the natural product as possible. Try fresh crudités with houmous, olives or nuts & seeds instead of the highly processed sausage rolls and quiches
  • Move your body – whether it’s going out to play in the snow, going to the gym to escape the madness for an hour, joining the kids for a game of twister or just wrapping up and going out for a brisk walk.
  • Avoid self sabotage – what and when you eat is totally up to you. Overate one day? No problem, wake up the next day and start again. Aiming for “good enough” instead of “perfect” is better than something you can’t sustain. Just do your best.

 

Santa’s Super Foods

Festive food isn’t all sugar, cream & brandy. There are plenty of healthy options to fill your plates with:

  • Oranges, clementines and satsumas
  • Nuts
  • Turkey
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Kale
  • Root vegetables
  • Cranberries

 

Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Starters:

Puddings:

Sweet Treats:

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