TIPS TO STOP THE OVERINDULGENCETHIS CHRISTMAS

‘Tis definitely the season to be jolly. But it doesn’t have to be the season to overindulgence. We bring you seven tips to help you avoid temptation this Christmas Day (while still enjoying yourself). Yes, it’s possible! By Alli Grant

1. Eat before you party. Have something healthy to eat before you go to a party, so you don’t arrive and head straight to the canapes.

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2. Stay hydrated. When you are busy it’s easy to forget the basics, like drinking water. It’s easy to overeat when you mistake hunger for thirst, so make sure you have a drink bottle with you and keep sipping.

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3. Slow it down. It doesn’t have to be a race! Eating slowly is not only good for your digestion, but it takes about 15 to 20 minutes for your body to register that you are full. Put your fork down in between bites and savour the flavours.

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4. Be mindful about what you put in your mouth. Yes, there will be an overabundance of food literally everywhere you turn. No, you don’t have to consume it all! Be mindful about what you’re eating and opt for quality over quantity.

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5. Avoid sugary mixers. You may be surprised to hear that tonic water has as much sugar in it as a soft drink. So if you’re about to indulge in a cheeky gin at your Christmas party, order it with lime and soda instead. Just as fresh and delicious, but way less sugar.

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6. Make healthy choices. There are plenty of healthy options on Christmas day and the traditional Christmas dinner has the potential to a very well-balance meal. Turkey is high in protein and is a very lean meat option. Load your plate with vegetables so that there’s less room for fatty carbs such as potatoes laden with oil and treat it more like a normal dinner than an endless buffet.

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7. Keep moving. While it’s tempting to lie about and be inactive over Christmas, don’t skip your training sessions. Exercising will help you to balance out those tasty treats and will also reduce the guilt you may feel after Christmas Day. It doesn’t have to be a race! Eating slowly is not only good for your digestion, but it takes about 15 to 20 minutes for your body to register that you are full. Put your fork down in between bites and savour the flavours.

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