By Clare Keating
All Bodies Nutritionist
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, 'Hooray it's Nearly The End of 2020!' We're sending all the positive end of year greetings!
We know for some, Christmas can be a really stressful and uncomfortable time.
Whether you are:
trying to stick to your goals and find that difficult when surrounded by food
trying to stick to your goals but your family and friends aren't supportive
feeling guilty for indulging and enjoying yourself
We want you to that YOU ARE NOT ALONE and we are here to help!
I have to start by saying that Christmas is just 1 day. 1 day out of 365. If you eat in a surplus for 1 day it is not going to negatively impact your goals and results. You may feel really bloated and lethargic, especially when it comes to training the next day, but that's okay!
Christmas is a time to be with your friends and family and celebrate - whether that's with quality time, gifts, family traditions, or food - it's up to you. But after the year we have all had, it's definitely a time to let your hair down and relax!
With that being said, I understand that for some people Christmas is more than just 1 day - you maybe have celebrations lasting for the whole month or longer.
And 1 month of indulgence definitely may have an impact on your goals, results and training.
So what can you do that means you'll still enjoy yourself whilst also eating and drinking in a way that aligns with your goals?
1.When eating a BBQ/sharing style dinner, portion your plate out into 1/2 salad/veggies 1/4 carbohydrates and 1/4 protein
2. When having desserts - you don't have to finish your plate. If you're still hungry after having a balanced main meal, sure - go ahead. But if you are SO full and are just eating it because everyone else is, you don't have to finish it!
3. When choosing menu items pick something that revolves around a protein source and add a side salad e.g. a steak with salad (and remember you don't have to finish it if you're physically full)
4. Swap to lower-calorie drinks like coke zero, vodka lime soda, low carb beer or even reduce your total drink amount by at least 30%. So if you normally have 3 glasses of wine, just have 2
5. When eating snack foods and appetisers, portion some food on to a plate. Don't just keep picking at the main grazing table as you will tend to not realise how much you have eaten
6. If you know ahead of time that you're going to be having a rather large indulgent dinner (that you won't be able to resist eating a lot of), perhaps have a lighter breakfast and lunch with no snacks that day. - Normally I would say, don't skip any meals prior to dinner so that you're too satisfied to overeat. But if you're going to do it regardless - this might be a better option.
For more personalised and tailored advice you can book in for a Dietetic consult with Hannah.