Statistics claim that over the Christmas period, we can gain up to five pounds! We are no strangers to Christmas indulgence but it always surprises us when we see we have piled on the pounds! Sam Bejamin of No.G: Too Good to Be Gluten Free, share their top ten tips to staying healthy over Christmas.
1. Sugar: Get rid of sweet cravings by swapping sugary treats for low calorie hot chocolate – guilt free and super delicious!
2. Exercise: Skip a ‘Home Alone’ movie marathon and make the most of family time with a festive walk instead. A half an hour brisk walk will burn off up to 200 calories!
3. Gluten: Embrace gluten free options to beat the bloat. A lifestyle endorsed by many celebrities, a gluten-free diet has a positive impact on digestion, mood and general well-being.
4. Sleep: Adopt hibernating habits and (try) to say no to late night partying! Catching up on some lost zzz’s will improve your overall health.
5. Alcohol: The hardest one of all. Fend off the hangover, and the calories, by switching to non-boozy cocktails. Or, if that’s too hard, simply stick to lower calories drinks such as gin and slim line tonic.
6. Sanitise: Christmas often brings unwanted gifts to may – the flu virus! Keep your hands clean by frequently washing or sanitising them to keep nasty germs at bay.
7. Turkey: Embrace tradition and have turkey for your Christmas dinner. Its leaner than other meats, high in protein, naturally gluten free and has low saturated fat content, making it the perfect choice.
8. Desserts: Christmas pudding is full of fibre, B vitamins, potassium, iron and calcium making it a relatively guilt free dessert. Or knock the lid off your mince pie to lose a third of its calories!
9. Breakfast: Trade bucks fizz and croissants for a more nutritionally filling alternative. Smoked salmon and poached eggs or a bowl of hearty porridge will keep you satisfied until dinner is served.
10. Cleanse: Reduce your consumption of pasteurised fruit juices and swap to cold-pressed alternatives. Cold pressed juices give you a higher content of vitamins and antioxidants, without having to consume as much.