As I write this, Christmas is less than two weeks away. That’s nine sleeps, an office Christmas party, and plenty of Christmas carols, canapés and bubbles before we even make it to the big day.
It’s no secret the festive season is best celebrated with good company and rich food.
We get served the same messages year after year about maintaining exercise and not overindulging during the silly season but come December, how many of us actually abide by these rules?
A balancing act…
The body is designed to regulate energy balance via a range of hormones controlling hunger and satiety signals. We often notice this when we over eat at lunch and can only manage a small portion for dinner.
This daily zigzag helps maintain weight when the total amount of calories we eat is within a healthy range but continuing to over eat each day will ultimately lead to weight gain.
This happens at Christmas time when back-to-back special events cause us to over eat almost daily.
What can we do?
Rather than restricting special foods on Christmas day, and the weeks leading up and following, we should acknowledge some periods of overeating and balance these episodes with lower calorie meals.
This is the time of year to keep healthy snacks like veggie sticks and raw nuts at hand to balance the cheese platters and boxes of chocolates. Start the day with fresh fruit and plain yoghurt in anticipation of larger meals later in the day.
If a lighter dinner option is needed after over eating at lunch, try our Vietnamese Beef & Noodle salad
for a quick mid-week meal.
Enjoy catching up with friends and family this holiday season…and maybe put your hand up to make the salad on Christmas Day!