We all want to have fun over the Christmas holidays, just don’t drop all of your good habits, it takes time and effort to create them, you don’t want to have to start all over again in 2019!

Some tips to create some healthy boundaries:

  • Actively choose the functions you want to indulge at but limit them to two or three selected events. Simply plan to have one slice of cake and enjoy it!
  • Be aware that alcohol is very heavy in calories and carbohydrates, for example, pre-mixed drinks and beer. To keep hydrated and slow you down, ensure you drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink. Avoid soft drink and juice mixes, using mineral or soda water instead. Limit your alcoholic drinks, choose a number and stick to it.
  • Choose healthier options most of the time, eg small portions of fresh fruit or nuts/seeds instead of cake, kebab sticks instead of party pies and sausage rolls, raw vegies with hummus or guacamole instead of fried food.
  • Snack ideas to provide or take to a party are: salsa, mashed avocado/guacamole and hummus dips with raw vegetable crudités (broccoli, carrot, celery, cauliflower). Raw unsalted nuts and seeds, fresh fruit/platter.
  • When faced with a buffet, head to the seafood, chicken or meat first and then add salad and vegetables.
  • If having a BBQ focus on real seafood, chicken, meat. Vegetables are great on the BBQ including mushrooms, zucchini, capsicum, broccoli and eggplant and a yummy greens salad with olive oil and fresh mango mixed in.

The main message is to keep eating well and moving your body, don’t use the holidays as an excuse to stop. Just plan and enjoy your meals and your treats so you don’t feel deprived. When you listen to your body and eat consciously you will make the right choices for you. There is no need for adults to justify choices about what they will eat or drink to anyone else, just respectfully make the right choices for you.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Fiona Kane, Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Holistic Counsellor and Life Coach at the Informed Health Nutritional Wellbeing Centre