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Staying healthy during Christmas

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How not to overindulge during Christmas

Before the party:

  • Going to a party straight after work? Try having a small healthy snack, like a bowl of low-sugar wholegrain cereal, oatcakes with peanut butter, or a plain yogurt before you go, so you don’t arrive hungry and dive straight into the high-calorie nibbles.
  • If you have to pre-order for a sit down meal (particularly if you are going for lots of festive meals) – instead of ordering a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, why not save that for Christmas day, and opt for a healthier option like grilled fish or a vegetable based dish, and have a soup or salad to start instead of a sweet dessert.

  During the party:

  • Studies show that the greater the choice of food on offer, the more calories we tend to consume. So rather than trying a little of everything at a buffet, stick to a few smart choices – selecting the healthier items first can make it easier to say no to higher calorie options later. Go for things like vegetable sticks, breadsticks and dip/houmous, and steer clear of too many choices with pastry or breadcrumbs.
  • When it comes to festive drinks, choose sugar-free mixers, go for smaller glasses of wine and beer where possible and try including non-alcoholic drinks like sparkling water too.
  • Keep drinking lots of water alongside your festive tipples – you can always alternative alcoholic drinks with water to reduce your alcohol intake!

  After the party:

 If you don’t have time to follow your usual exercise pattern during the festive period, why not build activity into your daily routine.

  • Walk up the stairs rather than taking the lift, or get off the bus a few stops early and walk the rest of your journey.
  • Rather than lots of screen time, why not wrap up and go for a brisk walk in 30 minutes at (4 miles/hour) can use up 150 calories.
  • Why not get family and friends together for some sport or activity – you could go outside and play football or go ice skating, or stay indoors and play some active games like charades, twister, musical statues or even interactive tennis on the games console!

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