Healthy eating over the festive season

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Supermarket shelves are stacked high with chocolates and candy canes, the Christmas hams are ready for carving, and the first cherries of the season are almost ripe!

It’s an exciting and festive time of year! However, it can also spark anxiety for many.

Anxiety around weight gain, over-indulging, or seeing that relative on Christmas Day who always makes a comment about your weight.

Make a plan to reduce those worries and enjoy the silly season. Give these tips a go:

 

  1. Start the day with a nutritious breakfast and try not to skip meals.
  2. Select a small amount of foods you really want and step away from the buffet. Chatting and mingling with others can prevent continuous grazing.
  3. Eat Mindfully to really enjoy your food and prevent over-eating.
  4. Watch the alcohol and sweet mixers; stay hydrated with plenty of water. Jazz your drink up with soda water, mint leaves and frozen berries.
  5. Need to take a plate to share? How about a frittata cut into bite size pieces or low-fat dip with vegetable sticks?
  6. Find a way to move your body that makes you smile; swimming at the beach, walking through the park with the grandchildren, dancing with the music up?
  7. Be kind to yourself and those around you, leave all talk of weight and diets off the menu.
 
And this year, how about giving yourself a gift?

Give yourself permission to eat whatever you like.  Yes, anything!

Restricting only makes cravings greater. Then when happens? You end up eating that ‘forbidden’ food and those feelings of guilt and shame hover over you like a rain cloud.

Instead, this Christmas, allow yourself to have that food and enjoy every mouthful! Christmas Day is just that, it’s one day amongst 364 others.
- By Monica Stagg, Accredited Practicing Dietitian
Diabetes Tasmania
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