Do your family Christmas traditions include huge portions of food and treats, hours of television and an unavoidable food coma? If so, you’re not alone! Here are a few healthy traditions to combat stuffed stomachs this Christmas.
It’s easy to snack on unhealthy nibbles throughout the Christmas period. Making some healthy options easily available for yourself and others means it’s more likely that you’ll snack sensibly. Put carrot sticks and cucumber with humus, or some fresh fruit on the side instead of being tempted by the ‘naughty but nice’ cupboard.
Stick to normal meal times
Many people go all day without eating, and leave it until late in the afternoon to have their Christmas dinner. However, this may mean that you’re extremely hungry by the time that you enjoy your dinner, making it more likely that you’ll overeat. Instead, try to stick to your normal meal times as much as possible.
We know it’s tempting to eat as much as possible as quickly as possible during Christmas dinner – it’s delicious! But it’s ok to leave leftovers. Remember, anything you don’t eat on Christmas day can be used in other delicious meals and recipes. Why not try adding that extra turkey to a salad on Boxing Day?
Enjoy a family walk
There’s nothing better than a relaxing walk after a heavy meal. The fresh air helps digestion, wakes everyone up after sitting in a stuffy house, and burns a few calories. It’s also a lovely way to spend time together during the Christmas season.
Whatever your traditions may be, clean meals, light exercise and fresh air will help you appreciate that cosy fire, earn that glass of bubbly, and begin a new, healthier year!