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How to avoid Christmas weight gain…

13/11/2012

Who wants an extra few pounds for Christmas?  Not me.  Here’s a few tips to help:

Have a good breakfast on Christmas day – include protein such as:

Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon (no added cream), or scrambled tofu with mushrooms and grilled tomatoes or greek yoghurt ground flaxseeds, oats and berries.

Have some raw nuts and fruit to nibble on before dinner is served, don’t put your hand into the roses tin.

Why not make your own chocolate coated Brazil nuts, a Christmas favorite in my house.  Melt some dark chocolate and add in your nuts (all nuts are good with chocolate) put them onto some parchment paper and cool.  They are really tasty and rich.  Because of the protein and fat they satisfy us and keep up going (low in sugar and carbohydrate).

Now for the best bit:

Dinner:  make sure you have 1/2 your plate made up of vegetables, 1/4 carbohydrate – thats the roast potatoes and 1/4 protein – either goose or turkey or nut roast (lobster).  Eating too much carbohydrate can unbalance your blood sugar levels, leaving you craving for turkey sandwiches within an hour!!

Dessert: Moderation is the key word here.  If you are making or buying your pudding add some extra nuts for protein.  If you are in charge of Christmas food, buy some smaller dessert bowls.

Raise a glass of bubbles and enjoy a nice long walk to the local pub or friends house to walk off those extra calories and get some fresh air into your lungs and your circulation moving.

Happy Holidays

Nutrition programmes available in Fulham, Richmond and on Skype for further support for Christmas and beyond.

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