Every year it is always a bit of a challenge to make it through Christmas and still feel healthy and energetic on the other end, if you know what I mean?!
We put together these tips to help you through the holiday season unscathed.
1. The Christmas Hamper
If you’re given a hamper for Christmas, get rid of those empty carbs by taking them to other people’s houses when they have parties on. Deny you ever brought them and do not take them back, even if they’re not eaten!!
Keep alcohol and other liquid carbohydrates to a minimum. Buy up lots of mineral water and lemon juice. Even the flavoured mineral waters are OK as long as they’re not sweetened with sugar or artificial sweetener.
3. Protein Before Carbs
On Christmas day, eat your protein first so you are less tempted by sweets that will be sitting around on the tables such as chocolates, biscuits, fruit mince pies etc!
4. The Box of Chocolates
Did someone give you a box of chocolates (or multiple boxes??) – stick them in the freezer! Not only will they be out of sight, out of mind, but when you get a craving for them you will have to wait for them to thaw to enjoy them properly so you may decide to just leave them alone. Then pull them out before people come over or when you’re going to someone else’s place to share the sugar load.
5. Enjoy Quality Over Quantity
Make every bite worth it. It’s Christmas! Eat your favourite foods! Just don’t eat foods that aren’t your favourite simply because they’re there (I’m talking to you, shortbread and pretzels!)
6. Donate While You're Feeling Strong
Donate excess unopened food to food charities. Don’t eat it just because it’s there. Do it when you’re feeling strong so you don’t have to decide not to eat it when you’re feeling weak.
7. Combat Preservatives in Wine
Watch out for the preservatives that are often in dried fruits, wines and dips. Try to avoid them if possible. And to avoid the hangover, go and get yourself some dilute food grade H202 to put in your wine – available in small droppers from BWS (or apparently Dan Murphy’s) for $5 under the name “Pure Wine” – definitely worth it!!
8. Keep Moving with Lemon Water
Start your days with lemon water, then get into some cardio in the mornings on an empty stomach, then follow up with protein straight afterwards to beat any sugar cravings. It may not always work for you but it’s a great little thing to do for the days you’re on leave over the Christmas period.
9. Pick Your Platters Carefully
Looking at platters? Go for olives, fresh fruit and cheese with plain or seeded Sakatas rather than sweets, chocolates and biscuits.
10. Don't Struggle with Reflux or Indigestion
Having a struggle with reflux/indigestion after eating junk? No problem! Guzzle some apple cider vinegar or lemon juice – if you don’t like it straight then dilute about 1 tablespoon into a glass of water. Wait about 5-10 minutes and you should be feeling much better. Magnesium can also be a great gentle laxative if you get bound up!
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