Champagne at breakfast, mid-morning mince pies, the big Christmas dinner followed by Christmas pudding, afternoon Quality Street and mulled wine, a turkey sandwich and a slice of Christmas cake or yule log for tea … oh, and a glass of Baileys (or three) before bed.  Does this sound familiar ?

On average, we consume around 6000 calories on Christmas Day alone.

Of course, we should all enjoy our special occasions and Christmas is traditionally a time of indulgence, but you can still enjoy all the festivities and get through the Christmas period without too much impact on your health and waistline. Try these tips for a healthier Christmas.

  • Are you the chef ? Why not try some healthy Christmas cooking –  look at some lighter options for starters, snacks and sides?

Check these out :

https://www.youinbalance/tomato-soup-with-crispy-pancetta

https://www.greatbritishchefs.com/how-to-cook/how-to-make-celeriac-mash

https://www.nigella.com/recipes/devilled-eggs

https://mealthy.com/recipes/1028/cheesy-garlic-cloud-bread

  • Avoid the temptation to over-buy ‘just in case’ and over-eating ‘because it’s there’.  Most shops are now only closed on Christmas Day, so you can always pop out for a few bits of shopping if needed after the big day.
  • You don’t have to consume everything in the cupboards, fridge and pantry in just one day. Try and space out your treats over the whole festive period – why not look for low-calorie alternatives of some of your favourite snacks/meals ?
  • There’s nothing wrong with sampling your favourite festive treats but try to stick to small portions so you can enjoy the taste without adding too many calories. Also, try not to snack mindlessly.  Putting a small amount on your plate and sticking to a single helping will also help.
  • Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some Prosecco, red wine, white wine, a gin & tonic, a glass of sherry and/or port, a Bailey’s on ice – or would it ?  Why not have an alcohol free Christmas ?  If, however, you can’t resist a glass of something or find it difficult to limit yourself to just one drink with your meal, then choose less calorific ones such as gin & slimline tonic, dry Prosecco, dry white wine.  If you want to avoid the post-lunch snooze, try having a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink.  Hydration is also a key factor in digestion, gives you a feeling of fullness so helps with overeating and can also assist in avoiding heartburn, plus you’ll ward off that overindulgence headache.
  • Don’t sit down all day – with the average person consuming around 6000 calories on Christmas day alone, it’s no wonder we feel bloated and lethargic. A post-lunch walk will aid digestion. Why not encourage the whole family to join in – take scooters, bikes, a football or a frisbee for some added exercise.

This year we’ve had to adapt to so many new ways of doing things …. why not join me in changing your Christmas habits too for lighter and healthier festive fun   😉

Take care, good health to you and enjoy this special time of year.

Happy Christmas !

Anne x