How can we make sure to enjoy ourselves over the Christmas and New Year period without overdoing it? At Be Fit Food our dietitians have produced some quick tips to help you stay on track. The key to success is always to plan and prepare. We know how easily a cheat meal can spiral into a cheat day, week or even month! All the same principles apply during the Christmas and New Year period, we want to eat mindfully so we can stay on track with our health goals.
A couple of tips to help during this time include:
As social beings, we often eat for a variety of reasons such as socialising and celebrations. During the Christmas and New year time many of us have family get togethers and events. A part of mindful eating is identifying times when we overeat and may choose less nutritious food options. Have you ever stopped and considered how often you involve your social interactions around food? It is important to still enjoy the social aspect of eating, but there are more sensible and healthier choices you can make. This allows you to continue your weight loss journey without taking two steps forward and one step back every time you go out for dinner or celebrate a birthday. At Be Fit Food we advocate living a low carbohydrate lifestyle. We recommend choosing lean protein options (lean red meat, chicken breast, grilled fish, tofu etc.) as well as salads with lots of leafy greens with dressings on the side. When eating out, you can ask the wait staff to swap chips for salad and low starch vegetables. You could use social eating as a place to practice eating in moderation. You don’t have to eat everything on your plate and can always ask to take the food home when eating out at a restaurant!
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