Christmas Day is about enjoying family, friends, and food; but taking a day to indulge doesn’t mean you have to completely sacrifice a healthy Christmas.
1. Christmas Eve
Eat healthy the day before. Limit your carbs and eat lots of fruit and veg. Go for a run or do some yoga at home. Think of Christmas Eve as your prep-work for a food marathon; don’t over-indulge today or it will make Christmas Day less satisfying.
If having a large breakfast isn’t a tradition in your house, then eat small and lean for breakfast. A protein heavy and fat light meal will keep you full until your next meal and help prevent you from over-eating later in the day.
Eat. Slowly. Enjoy your meal. Make sure you choose salads as well as protein’s and consider skipping out on that bread roll. Don’t over eat; especially since you want to leave room for dessert!
If dinner is the Big Thing in your household repeat the same advice as before for lunch; low-fat and high-protein.
If your family ate their weight in food for lunch then make sure you have a light dinner—if you even have one at all. This is a great time to eat left-over salad. Just try to avoid a second helping of Christmas Pudding!
Or does your family sit down for a five-course meal? Use the same advice as with lunch. Prioritise salads and other greens and protein, but avoid filling carbs. Carbohydrates will make you feel fuller, not something you need for a food marathon.
It’s all well and good to plan to have a healthy Christmas Day, but let’s be honest, once those desserts come out it’s every man for themselves. Make sure you cut as much salt, sugar, and processed food out of your diet as you can in the days following Christmas and don’t skip your workouts!
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