With the Christmas festivities upon us, our commitment to healthy eating can be challenged. We’re invited to parties that are usually centred on food.

Try the tips below to help you enjoy the holiday season without any guilt:

  • Enjoy all the parties you go to, but remember to eat in moderation. When we’re surrounded by a group of people, it’s easy to lose track of how much we’re eating (and drinking!) Eat slowly, but be sure to enjoy the food you’re eating. Instead of having that extra bread roll, try adding extra veggies to your plate. Got a sweet tooth? You don’t have to avoid dessert altogether; just have a smaller portion.

  • Consider bringing a healthy dish to share. Make it a feast for the eyes (colours and freshness) as well as the taste buds (think herbs and spices suited to the dish), and you’ll have everyone lining up to try it.

  • Drink in moderation. That goes for alcohol and soft drinks!  Why not try mineral water or plain water with a couple of pieces of chopped fruit popped in the drink for that extra bit of fruity flavour? Berries and citrus are my favourites.

  • Don’t beat yourself up if you overindulge. Overindulging isn’t an excuse to keep going down the path of eating to excess. You’ve overeaten? So what? Good on you for recognizing it! You’re aware of it, and now you can get back on track.

Extra health tip:

  • Stay active. A lot of us tend to sit a lot more than we should, whether it’s at work or commuting by car or public transport, or when we’re at home in front of the TV. Take the opportunity during your holiday time to go for longer walks, get pottering in the garden, play footy in the park with the kids, or go swimming. Whatever takes your fancy – just stay active.

The holidays are a great time to catch up with family and friends, so don’t put all of your energy into worrying about every morsel of food you put in your mouth. Spend time together, have fun, stay active, and create wonderful memories!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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