Everyone is a little guilty of overindulging during Christmas. There are so many sweets, cakes, drinks, and cookies around that most people forget a healthy diet for a while. After Christmas has passed, most are dismayed to see their weighing scale swinging the wrong way. Christmas binging is nothing new and the holiday weight gain is a common phenomenon.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you plan it right, you might be able to escape the weight gain. Before you even start looking for ways to keep your eating habits healthy, start finding ways to keep active. It’s always a combination of lack of activity and binging on holiday food that leads to weight gain.
Tips to Stay Healthy Over Christmas
At Ganache Patisserie, we recommend our clients to keep up with their exercise routine or even increase the intensity of it during the holiday season. That would help you keep the weight off. Consider the following tips for eating healthy over Christmas.
#1 Plan your Meals
Yes, some heavy meals during Christmas time are inevitable but that doesn’t mean all meals have to be heavy. If you plan to host an elaborate Christmas dinner party, try keeping the meals leading to, and after the party as light and healthy as possible. The idea is to make all your non-festive day meals as healthy as possible.
#2 Snacks Before Parties Are Your Friend
Just before heading out for a party, have a small, light snack. The snack can be some crackers with low-fat cheese, a latte, a vegetable salad, fruit, or yogurt. The idea is to mitigate some of your hunger so that you don’t over-indulge at the party. If you’re not too hungry, you’ll make more reasonable choices about what you eat.
#3 Don’t Shun Your Favourite Food
The more you deny yourself, the more tempted you might be by it. Don’t shun your favourite food because it has too many calories. Christmas isn’t a time to be so very strict about what you eat. So instead of shunning the food, have a small portion of it. That way, you’ve indulged but in moderation. If you continue to eat healthy and exercise throughout the holidays, you won’t have to worry about gaining weight.
#4 Eat Only What You Love
Don’t eat everything that’s offered to you. Instead, eat only those dishes that you’ve been looking forward to tasting for a long time. For example, if a dish like beef wellington is on the menu and you’ve been dying to indulge in it for a while not, tone down the what you eat leading up to the wellington course. Perhaps you might skip a course entirely, or choose salads instead of a less healthy alternative. You can also reduce the portion of the sides, which would allow you to indulge while limiting your calorie intake.
#5 Avoid Dishes that You can Indulge in Any time
There are some dishes that are available throughout the year. For example, you needn’t really indulge in those chocolate chip cookies during Christmas. You’ll get them any time you want. By avoiding dishes that you can have easy access to all year round, you can reserve your appetite for quintessentially Christmas dishes that you might not easily find the rest of the year.
#6 Lighten Your Regular Recipes
For healthier Christmas and a lifestyle on the whole, lighten your recipes by substituting things like full fat milk, butter, cream, sugar, etc, with low fat or healthier alternatives. You should also add extra fruit and vegetables to your holiday meals.
At Ganache Patisserie, we believe that these suggestions would allow you to cut back your unhealthy food intake. They will keep the weight and the bloated feeling away. At Ganache Patisserie you will find fantastic breads and delicious croissants, french cakes, pastries and savoury treats for everyday consumption as well as for special occasions. Come; explore our scrumptious world of goodies.
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