According to the British Dietetic Association, the average person will consume 6,000 kcals on Christmas day. Researchers, who surveyed 2,000 Britons on their holiday eating habits, found six in ten regularly gain weight and typically put on 5lb during their time away.

 

Why not make this year, the year that you don’t have to regret after unhealthy binging? Try the tips below to help you avoid gaining weight over the holiday season.

Start with a wholesome breakfast

If you are going out in the evening, you can start the day with a generous bowl of porridge, topped with a handful of cranberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Porridge serves as a stabilizer of blood sugar levels, and helps control appetite later in the day. You can also add an amount of probiotic yogurt, which helps boost immunity as well as counter some of the less beneficial effects of the party season, like excessive alcohol and not enough sleep.

 

Breakfast idea:

  • Cinnamon porridge with banana & berries

 

  • Porridge plus

 

  • Perfect porridge

Stay hydrated

If you have spent the night out, make a conscious effort to drink 6-8 glasses of water, or plenty of herbal teas or diluted juice. Even mild dehydration can cause a headache and coupled with the diuretic effects of alcohol, maintaining your fluid intake becomes even more important. Regular  teas and coffee also count towards your fluid intake, but be careful of the caffeine. During cold weather it may become harder to do so, you can try and make sure you drink a glass before and after your sleep.

 

Pre-party snacks

If I’m hungry when I arrive at a party, I struggle to resist the cravings, so I always have a pre-party snack

Mindful Eating

 

Foods to Enjoy

  • Vegetable sticks,
  • pretzels, rice crackers
  • Hummus, beetroot,
  • tzatziki, avocado dip
  • Sushi
  • Turkey
  • Sandwiches, quiches
  • Fruit salad with yoghurt

 

Foods to Limit

  • Creamy dips
  • Pies, sausage rolls,
  • spinach triangles
  • Chips, corn chips
  • Lollies, candy canes,
  • chocolates
  • Cakes and slices with cream

 

If you are not able to brush and floss after munching on sweet treats, drink water or chew a piece of sugarless gum. This will boost saliva flow in the mouth and help wash away bacteria.

Alcohol

Drinking alcohol (1 or 2 standard drinks a day) may add to the enjoyment of your festive events, but over-consuming alcohol can lead to accumulation of body weight.

Whether red or white, the high acidity levels can eat away at a tooth’s enamel. Tooth enamel is critical in the protection against decay and cavities. To avoid damage, refrain from swishing the wine around in your mouth, and drink water in between beverages to rinse the teeth of the acid.

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HEALTHY EATING DURING FESTIVE SEASON