Wellbeing

7 steps to a healthy Christmas

Have yourself a healthy little Christmas...

 

Not sure how you’ll stay on track over the festive season? Relax! You can enjoy yourself with a smart approach...

1. Try and plan for your temporary new holiday routine
If you’re off work and out of your normal routine, establish a new one that will work for your healthy living plans. Simply planning what you’ll have for breakfast each day will get you off to a good start. Think about how you’ll use your weekly SmartPoints® allowance. You could splurge it all on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, or will you use a few SmartPoints every day for little treats? It’s up to you. And if you slip up, forgive yourself – tomorrow is a new day.

2. Be honest with loved ones
For many families, food is an expression of love – particularly on special occasions such as Christmas – so saying ‘No thanks’ to something they’ve spent hours preparing can be tricky. But it’s not impossible! Try saying, ‘Your Christmas cake/pie/pudding is always amazing, but please don’t be offended if I only have a small piece. I’m feeling so much happier since losing weight and I want to keep on feeling this good.’ No family member could take offence at that! After all, if they love you, they'll want you to remain happy too.

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3. Remember what you are aiming for, and why
Trust yourself. If you joined WW this year, you'll know exactly what foods you need to eat in moderation. So get clear about what you really want over the Christmas period. Would you be happy to maintain your current weight or do you want to continue losing? This year, you can grasp the opportunity to be in control and make healthier food choices. So be positive!

4. Be real, not perfect
Fun with family and friends is what life is all about. It’s okay to let your hair down once in a while – it’s all about balance. Remember, you can’t be perfect all the time. If 80% of your choices are healthy ones, that’s good enough.

5. Have fun making healthy tweaks
Enjoy yourself in the kitchen and make some exciting veggie side dishes, fruity treats or snacks with the kids. Fancy a curry to spice up your Boxing Day? Remember to think about the smart swaps you can make – try replacing lamb with leftover turkey or vegetables, and as for coconut milk, use the half fat version instead of full fat. There's plenty of delicious ideas you can look up online or in the app, to keep you on track .

6. Slow and steady
Whether you’re eating delicious seasonal veg or the occasional pudding, eat slowly and savour every mouthful. Food is a pleasure and eating it should not be rushed. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to signal to the brain that it’s full, so if you eat quickly, you will probably already be on to your second helping by the time you realise you didn’t actually want or need it.

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7. Start a new family Christmas tradition
A brisk, hour-long walk on Boxing Day, or after your turkey lunch, could be just what everybody needs. Or how about starting a new Christmas Day tradition to get the whole family active? Whether you put on some Christmas songs and have a boogie or fire up the Wii, making time for movement will