Navigating Christmas eating

Christmas is a time for family & celebration and I think we’ve all earned a place on the nice list for surviving the antics of 2020.

If you’re focusing on your health and eating habits though, Christmas can sometimes be quite stressful with excess and temptation lying at every corner. So here are my top tips for enjoying the Christmas holidays:

  • spend the day focusing on what matters…the people you’re with, the activities that you’re doing and the memories that you’re both creating and reminiscing over. And if you are on your own this Christmas, try and find positive connections and activities that nourish your body and mind. Guilt serves no useful purpose and not only will it leave you feeling bad, it will also trigger your body to produce more stress hormones which will have a negative impact on your digestion and fat storage.
  • buy your favourite / traditional foods and treats to enjoy and savour, but plan when to have them, eat them mindfully to savour them, eat slowly (so you’ll be better able to judge when you’re full) and be sensible on portion size.
  • instead of denying yourself things, think about adding one extra thing to make each meal more balanced / healthier. Christmas is a really great time for getting extra veg in! And use your smaller plates. You can always get more food if you’re still genuinely hungry afterwards.
  • don’t skip breakfast to “save” calories for later as you’re much more likely to overeat when hungry. Start your day instead with something that balances your blood sugar (think protein, healthy fats and fibre) and potentially a workout.
  • schedule your workouts in throughout the holidays – not as a punishment for what you’re eating, but so your body feels good and you don’t miss out when your routine is thrown off.
  • stay hydrated – alcohol, roaring fires and rushing around all day make it easy to get dehydrated.

Whatever you’re doing this year, have an amazing Christmas and if you feel like your nutrition habits need rebalancing, my Nutrition Jumpstart kicks off again on Monday 4 January 2021, so please do join us. You can sign up here now.

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