The temptation for indulgence, which Christmas time undoubtedly brings about, doesn't complement our health and fitness goals, especially when talking weight. However, just because the festive season is upon us doesn't mean we are unable to enjoy all that Christmas has to offer and still achieve our goals. The two can coexist and here are celebrity chef and nutritionist, Zoe Bingley-Pullin's top tips to show you how:
Aim to prioritise movement over the holidays. This doesn't mean foregoing family catch-ups to hit the gym, it simply means scheduling in daily movement. This may be in the form of a long morning walk, sport in the backyard with friends or trying a new yoga/pilates class. Incidental exercise counts more than you think, so instead of lounging about after a big meal, help clean up, go for a stroll or follow the lead of the youngest family members by getting outdoors and playing!
Keep a loose structure to your meals over the holidays such as aiming for ½ plate vegetables, ¼ protein, ¼ complex carbohydrates and ½ tbsp fat at each meal. This will help you continue to eat in a balanced way, reduce excessive hunger and help you ease back into routine in the New Year.
It's very easy to lose track of what has been eaten and also true hunger when mingling at events. Nibbles and canapés may only be bite sized but can be mindlessly filled up on pre-meal. Select a few canapés which you really want and allow yourself to enjoy those. To avoid excessive hunger pre-party eat a protein rich snack such as yoghurt with nuts/seeds, ricotta and seed crackers or a boiled egg.
Zoe Bingley-Pullin is a celebrity chef and nutritionist who has just launched her self published cookbook, Falling in Love with Food: A Cookbook and a Love Story. RRP: $34.95 available from Dymocks and her online store: zoebingleypullin.com