How to have a Guilt Free Christmas Without Weight Gain

  • How to have a Guilt Free Christmas Without Weight Gain

    BY Catherine Sissons | ON Thursday, 18 January 2018
  • The day is drawing closer and the healthy food switch may have been turned off a few weeks ago however all is not lost and you can flick the switch back on and stay conscious this Christmas!

    It is not too late to survive the Christmas craziness and get through Christmas day - after all it is only one day. 

    It might feel as though we purchase enough food to be stuck inside with snow outside for a month but that fact is we live in the Southern Hemisphere and the shops are only shut for one day.  There is more than enough.

    The food will still be there the next day too so don't feel that since you blew your healthy eating weeks ago that it is a good idea to keep going over the holiday period.

    Here are my four tricks to surviving the festive food on Christmas Day:

    1)      BEAT THE BLOAT AT BREAKFAST

    There are plenty of nourishing options to include at breakfast on Christmas to help prepare your body for the upcoming feast later.  At breakfast have two or three types of protein for example salmon eggs and almonds and a wide selection of produce. The ideal situation would be to have a half portion of carbohydrate that you normally would.  

    Great protein sources for breakfast on Christmas day include salmon because it is a great anti inflammatory food so will help neutralize any less nourishing foods later in the day.  Another is eggs because they provide you with most of your essential amino acids.  Adding some almomds to your breakfast provides a great source of vitamin E this will help your liver function and it is also a potent antioxidant to help fight any free radicals to help balance the non-nourishing food.  Choosing a savoury breakfast is a good option because then you can get your vegetable intake on the board for the day before you eat out later.

    2)      ASSESS YOUR ALCOHOL

    Christmas day can be a day when alcohol is over consumed so it is important to stay hydrated.   This can be achieved not only through the water that you drink but by the food that you eat too.  It is the time your liver takes to process the alcohol that will delay your food being processed and can cause your metabolism to be sluggish so try and take a break between drinks and have some water.

    You could make up some soda water cocktails with fresh fruit like lemon and fresh ginger or with pulpy strawberries and load it up with ice so it is nice and cold.

    This will provide your body with some Vitamin C to help flush the alcohol through your system.  Nothing beats watching how many you drink over the day and try and keep your limit down.    

    3)      USE BOXING DAY TO REFRESH YOUR SYSTEM

    If you do happen to go overboard on Christmas day for one reason or another use Boxing day as your replenish and nourish day.  Gift yourself a day of nourishment and you can still enjoy the foods from the previous day by balancing your meals to include a nutritious carbohydrate, some protein and a variety of produce.  The more colour you have at your meal the more vitamins and minerals you will eat. 

    Aim to have three different coloured vegetables at each meal so you can ensure you have covered off a variety of vitamins and minerals. Make yourself a NOVA smoothie and use coconut water as the base because it is loaded with potassium and this mineral is great for rehydration

    4)      CARBS NOT CALORIES

    Calories are not useful when it comes to measuring real food and plus who wants to think about that on Christmas day. An easier way of staying aware about your eating on Christmas day is to stay aware around the types of carbohydrates that are available. How many types are there at your meals and what are your portions of them?  If you go a little over at your main Christmas meal adjust your food the next time you eat.

    Remember that most dry carbohydrates are refined and made from flour or sugar so they are all similar when it comes to lack of nourishment and how quickly they will spike your blood sugars.  You still need some carbohydrates and when they are eaten with protein and produce the glycemic impact is lowered.  This means your blood sugars will be more stable.  Accept that you will most likely go over your carbohydrate intake for the day but it is only one day so use the next day to replenish if things didn't follow your intentions.

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