Christmas is just around the corner and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a truly magical festive season full of joy, laughter and relaxation; and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2017!
To help you all feel great and healthy and keep on track with your weight management here are few tips for the holidays:
1) Healthy daily wake-up: start each day with nutritious breakfast. This way you will ensure you kick start your metabolism and provide your body with a dose of much needed nutrients. That way, whatever follows, you have done something good for your body already!
2) Healthy conscious kitchen and pantry: keep your house stocked with nourishing whole foods, including abundance of fresh (and / or frozen and / or fermented) vegetables and fruits. Staying away? Ensure to take some healthy options with you! Staying in? Become the host – you can introduce your guests to the healthy foods you have been enjoying.
3) Stick to your norm! If you are attending an evening lavish party, begin your day as you would on any other. Don’t skip meals and get some physical activity done to feel more energised for later. Have a healthy-protein and healthy-fats rich snack before your party, as it will help cut cravings for sugar and processed carbohydrates.
4) Watch out the alcohol consumption! Alcohol is known to reduce inhibitions and lead to bad food choices. Stick to unsweetened alcohol beverages or wine / champagne and make sure you have at least a glass of water in between any alcoholic drinks.
5) Healthy priorities! Watch your plate if at least half of it is covered with vegetables (and I don’t mean potatoes!), preferably green varieties like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, etc. This way you will ensure to top up your vitamin intake while lowering the glycemic load of your meal.
6) Be mindful at the dinner table! Admire your plateful of food before you take the first bite. Chew your food very slowly and focus on the flavours, colours and smells of your food. Slow down when eating by putting your fork down between bites. Halfway your meal, take a pause and think how full you are. Try not to eat more than 80% full.
7) Stay active! Don’t blame the Christmas season closure of the gym or too cold weather for your inactivity. There is even a saying (but I don’t remember who said that, maybe a winter clothing brand?), that goes like this: “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”. So, get those layers out, wrap up and get out for a brisk walk. Ditch online shopping and go shopping by foot! Put some good music on and dance!
8) Have fun! If you do happen to slip up, leave guilt behind as it can cause unnecessary stress! Just recall what your ultimate health / weight goal is to get you back on track.
In good health and in happy & festive spirit; with best wishes,