8 steps to a healthy happy Christmas
Some great ideas to help enjoy the festive season the healthy way…
1) Start the day the healthy way – get in a green smoothie or make yourself a berry smoothie with some added greens. If you are opting for cooked breakfasts over the summer season – add veggies to these too.
2) Snack smart – chips, dips and cheese will be everywhere! Check out these healthy snack ideas.
3) Avoid arriving at Christmas functions super starving hungry – have a salad, green smoothie, some fruit or a yoghurt before you go to help you to tame your snacking when you arrive so you can wait and enjoy the main meal.
4) Be the one to take something healthy and delicious. If you are asked to take a plate to a function, make it your job to show others how delicious healthy food can be. My books and diary have some fantastic recipes, here is a thai-style prawn salad with crunchy veg that you will love!
5) Enjoy alcohol free drinks and ideally some alcohol free days! Here are some alcohol free ideas.
6) Learn to say ‘NO THANKS’. Two powerful words so many people need to get much better at using more often. You do not have to go to every social event you are invited too if it is going to cause your stress. You do not have to eat or drink everything that is offered to you. Be polite and kind in your delivery of these words, but don’t spend the festive season eating more than you need just because you don’t want to offend other people.
7) Light meals – inevitably you will end up having some big meals over the festive season. If you have a huge lunch or dinner which lasts for several hours, just make your meals on either side of things super light and healthy. Salads, smoothies, fruit and yoghurt. Get the veggies in wherever you can.
8) Keep moving – walks with family and friends, swimming in the sea, running around playing Frisbee or with a rugby ball – whatever you go, keep active! You might still be able to fit in the odd gym and run session too, it will make it much easier to get back into things when the New Year rolls round.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!