A few ‘damage control’ tips for the festive season.
- Don’t skip meals on the day of a work/Christmas gathering. Instead, focus on filling up on high fibre foods during the day – snack on fruit and nuts, wholegrain carbohydrates for breakfast and
lunch, and regular protein such as milky drinks or yoghurt between meals.
- At the buffet, load your plate up with salad first. You can always go back for seconds if you need, but if you fill up first on veges and salad – it’s unlikely you’ll have room!
- Be that person and take something healthy to the family function. If anything, to cleanse the palette after the roast pork, gravy and countless handfuls of potato chips.
- Get involved with the kids and have a game of backyard bulrush or cricket. The extra eating and drinking over the silly season can leave you feeling sluggish and at worst, guilty. A generous serving of fresh air and endorphins will do your body and mind wonders.
- Try to relax. However you choose to do that. Christmas and holidays can be an extremely stressful time. Whether you identify with this or not, many people comfort themselves in times of stress with food. If you find yourself doing this, try to think about how this ultimately makes you feel.
If you’re stuck for ideas for food this season, check out www.healthyfood.co.nz for some easy, healthy snacks, drinks and meal ideas. See below for some tasty appetizers –
Cream cheese with chilli sauce and coriander: Turn a tub of light cream cheese onto a platter. Smother with chilli sauce and top with chopped coriander. Surround with wholegrain rice or wheat crackers.
Mini oatcakes with quince paste and blue cheese: Buy a packet of Nairn’s mini oatcakes, some quince paste (from deli section of supermarket) and a wedge of blue cheese. Arrange on a platter with a bunch of red grapes.
Smoked salmon and light cream cheese on French stick or ready-to-go blinis (mini pikelets found in supermarket frozen food section): Spread slices of French stick or blinis with light cream cheese and smoked salmon slices. Arrange on a platter and garnish with sprigs of dill.
If weight management is a priority for you, it is helpful to learn how to ‘tweak’ different types of situations and social occasions so that they work for you. As we know, all the little things we do each day add up, and if you can handle the silly season, you can handle anything! Above all, enjoy yourself and savour the good times with friends, family and hopefully some sunny weather.