Unlike a one-time splurge at Christmas day, holiday eating in December is a marathon. There are office parties, dinners with friends and family gatherings that surround you with dessert, cocktails and yummy snacks.
Usually when you think of Christmas day, it’s only one day. But the holidays tend to really start from the end of November until the beginning of January. This is a longer period of time to be conscious of health and nutrition.
Here are 7 Health tips to keep in mind during the festive season:
1. Don’t skip breakfast: Breakfast is considered an important meal because it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes your supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
2. Make modifications: If you’re eating turkey, go for the white meat and skip the skin that adds extra fat and calories.
3. The most dangerous dishes on the table are the vegetables cooked in creamy sauces: Reach for steamed vegetables or flavour them with olive oil, lemon and herbs and you’ll save about 150 calories per serving.
4. This is what your plate should look like: Half of your plate should be filled with vegetables, a portion of turkey should cover about a quarter of the plate, and the last quarter can be used for half of a cup of potatoes and half of a cup of stuffing. To make your plate healthier, reach for the colourful vegetables like broccoli, red peppers and beets for example.
5. Stock your home with healthy ingredients: When you aren’t out for dinner or at a friend’s house, make sure your own fridge is stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy snacks.
6. Watch what you drink: The sugary sweet cocktails are packed with calories. If you’re ordering a latte, go for skim milk and skip the whipped cream. At dinner, go for a wine spritzer and make sure you’re using club soda instead of tonic water in your drinks. There’s about 125 calories in a glass of tonic water while soda water is calorie-free.
7. Exercise at least 3-5 days a week: Exercise is very important for overall health and a sense of well-being. During the holidays it can be especially important as we are often tempted with unhealthy food options. You should aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as our Express classes, swimming session or a circuit workout.