6 Tips To Keep On Track For Christmas
1. When asked to bring a meal, take a salad that's a complete meal (this means you need vegetables, protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats). This way you can fill your plate up with this and just have little tasters of the other options which may not be as wholesome as you would like. Some great recipes include Toasted Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad, Chickpea, Fetta & Almond Salad, Haloumi Salad with Quinoa & Avo Salsa, Buckwheat, Beetroot & Lentil Salad or the Rainbow Chicken Salad.
2. Eat before you go to 'finger food' functions. When you're not in control of the food it makes it hard to make healthy choices so your best bet is to eat a wholesome meal before you go, so at the most maybe you just have a few nibbles when you're there.
3. If you know you have functions on the weekend then be consistent with wholefood eating Monday - Friday lunchtime. Even if you slip up on the weekend then at least you have done more 'healthy' days than 'less healthy' days for the week.
4. Keep an eye on the alcohol. It's a part of life to want to celebrate at this time of year but if you find yourself having alcohol most nights of the week then it's time to think about getting some balance back. Limit the drinks when you have them and ensure you are having more alcohol free nights than alcohol nights.
5. Re-gift. Sorry to any of my family or friends reading this but if you are given a box of chocolates or a packet of short breads, or a Christmas pudding that you wouldn't usually eat but know you will just because it's there, then re-gift it. I'm sure the kids teachers or Auntie Molly would be very grateful for the thought :P
6. Don't let your exercise take the back seat. Nutrition is challenging at this time of year but exercise will not only help you burn some extra energy, but the feel good hormones that you produce when exercising help you think more positively and this is often reflected in wanting to eat more healthy options.
I wanted to insert a picture here to reflect feeling happy and healthy at Christmas time and just couldn't resist sharing this picture of my partner with his family dog Buckley, puts a smile on my face every time :)