Here are some Nutrition tips with the help of Precision Nutrition to try and help you ‘Survive the Christmas Holidays’
- Eat slowly and eat to satisfied and not full. Why? Physiologically: it takes 15-20 min for your digestive system to let your brain know that you’re satisfied. Slowing down a meal allows that to happen before you overeat. Psychologically: when you slow down, “sense into”, and savor your food, you feel content with much less. This means you’ll eat less but enjoy what you’ve eaten more. If you do this you can still enjoy all the delicious foods at the dinner table without ‘feeling guilty’.
- Try and get some exercise in. People tend to fall away from exercise over the Christmas period. However if we try to maintain some form of exercise over the holidays it will help to keep us in shape. Try and get in to the gym or maybe get out and walk/cycle/run pending on your fitness levels and weather. Just try and stay active a few of the days.
- Over the next few weeks we tend to be very busy and dis-organised trying to get ready for Christmas and as a result eating on the go a lot. Try and make sure to make a healthier option if you find yourself eating from deli’s, restaurants etc. Ideally if you can prepare food and take it with you would be ideal but this is not always practical. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect but better than what you would normally choose. Build your own plate wherever you eat from making sure to get your protein, veggies, good carbs and healthy fats etc.
- Try and eat loads of veggies over the holidays. They’re water-dense, calorie-sparse, and full of the nutrients you need to keep your energy and mood up for the holiday party.