Healthy Eating

10 tips for healthy eating

Christmas is the time of year when most of us let go of healthy eating habits and instead indulge in the rich foods and drinks on offer.

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And while the traditional Christmas dinner of roast turkey with cranberry sauce, vegetables and potatoes isn’t in itself unhealthy, the wines and spirits, Christmas cake, puddings and chocolates that are often binged on for days over the Christmas holidays are.

So, with the new year in sight, now is a perfect time to take stock and embrace some healthy eating habits (again!) which should help prevent extra kilos from piling on.

1) Clear the cupboards of tempting treats

Use the next few days to share, give away or eat the rest of the Christmas treats. Unopened boxes of chocolates can be stored away for emergency presents and Christmas cake can be shared with family and friends. And, don’t be tempted by the post-Christmas supermarket offers for cut-price Christmas puddings or mince pies! If you are serious about getting back on track, it’s a good idea to empty your cupboards and fridge of fizzy drinks, biscuits, chocolates and sweets as well so, when the sugar cravings set in, you can reach for fruit, cheese and crackers, herbal teas or water.

2) Get back on schedule

Christmas holidays are often spend getting up later than usual, eating irregular meals and staying up into the night with plenty of snacks nearby. So, if you’re concerned that you’ve eaten too much, getting back into a routine of three meals a day with healthy snacks in between is a useful strategy.