Christmas is a time for indulgence, and I'm always telling clients that they should enjoy their food, rather than following a bland diet in order to lose weight... so I've come up with a list of DOs and DON'Ts to keep you on track over the festive period!
1. DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL ON AN EMPTY STOMACH
The area that I believe that most people go wrong over Christmas, is the balance and consumption of too many alcohol beverages and processed carbohydrates (i.e. cakes, biscuits and chocolate snacks).
2. DON'T SKIP MEALS OR EAT A SNACK IN REPLACEMENT OF YOUR MAIN MEAL
3. DO EAT FRESHLY PRODUCED MEATS AND VEGETABLES
(3-4 meals of high quality food per day)
The perfect Christmas diet will include turkey, duck, beef or lamb as your main protein and plenty of vegetables like carrots, sprouts, broccoli etc as your carbohydrates. My suggestion is to include thick homemade sauces with every meal, either made with butter or good quality animal fats.
4. DO REMOVE FOODS THAT ARE MAKING YOU BLOAT
My main issue with processed carbohydrates is the quality rather than the quantity. In my experience one of the main reasons why people put on weight is due to inflammation in the digestive system from eating poor quality wheat and milk products. Bloating is one of the signs that the intestines are inflamed. Inflammation in the digestive system stops the intestines from absorbing foods efficiently, and causes the release of cortisol - the bodies stress hormone. Even though cortisol de-stresses the body, it also stores body fat in order to make more cortisol. If you remove products that make you bloat then generally you should be able to maintain your weight over Christmas.
5. DO EAT GOOD QUALITY CHOCOLATE
It is Christmas after all!
Try and use the list above over your holiday period and see if it makes a difference! Hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year.