Festive Feasting Without The Fallout

Christmas is the time of year when the body can take a battering. Not only is December often filled with social engagements (and the drinking that goes along with it) but then comes the copious amounts of food that we are often compelled to eat. Well the good news is there are certain strategies during the festive season to counter the temptation to feast on sugar and fat laden treats.
If you are on a weight loss diet before the festive season it is a good idea to aim to maintain your weight during this time. Placing too much pressure on yourself to lose weight during this time can be detrimental to your long term weight loss goals.

Tips for healthy eating at social functions
  • Take a healthy dish so you know there will be at least one dish you can eat.
  • Have a snack before you go so that you will not be as hungry when you arrive. A protein dense snack will be most effective.
  • Sip water throughout the function so that it distracts you from the food and keeps your belly fuller.
  • If there is a buffet style arrangement, go for the healthier options and choose small portions.
  • If you must drink alcohol choose beer or wine over mixed spirits and cocktails.
  • Eat slowly, you are more likely to be able to guage when you are full.
  • Practice mindfulness when you are eating at home. You will have more appreciation for the way food tastes and be less likely to eat hurriedly in social situations.
  • Practice how you will say no to pushy food offerings. Statements like: “Oh no thank-you, I’m full” or “No thank-you I don’t eat sweets”
  • Offer to host a function at home where you will have more control over the dishes.
  • If you are responsible for the catering go for seafood and salads and lean cuts of cold meat. For desserts use summer fruits as your inspiration. We are privileged to live in a warm country during the festive season.
  • Have functions during the day so that some of the time can be spent playing outdoor games.
Is Your Body Running Like A Well Oiled Machine?

The Western diet is pro-inflammatory, unfortunately leading to many diseases of inflammation like arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. If you are not eating deep sea fatty fish at least twice per week you should be taking a fish oil supplement to balance out the ratio of good to bad fats in your diet.

For those who do suffer from these chronic illnesses you need a higher dose of supplementary omega-3 fatty acids and there are other lifestyle measures that can be adopted to reduce the amount of inflammation in the body. Herbs targeting pain and inflammation such as ginger and turmeric can be taken (and eaten) to alleviate symptoms, particularly in the joints, and antioxidants such as alpha-lipoic acid and CoQ-10 can also be invaluable additions to a supplementary regime.

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