Eat before you go out – don’t arrive at a party starving, you’ll make the worst food choices. Usually the canapés are pastry based and deep fried. The best thing to do is to eat something fairly substantial before you go to the party so that you won’t feel compelled to nibble. If you are planning to go to dinner after the party, why not go before? If you can’t get around to eating before and are starving at the party, go for the healthier options of nibbles. Think protein!
Keep topping up the hydration – a hangover is mostly dehydration. Always try to have a glass of water with each glass of alcohol and alternate with soft drinks.
Choose lean meats and veg nibbles – like chicken satay skewers or veg sticks over deep fried spring rolls or filo prawns etc.
Portion control – for you and the kids, be mindful of how much of something you’re eating. A little of what you fancy does you good – not the whole selection box in one go.
Exercise each day – even a quick walk with the kids.
If you’re hosting a party – you can choose what to serve. Go for foods that are healthy, tasty and easy to prepare, like brown bread and smoked salmon, veg sticks and hummus, mixed nuts, cheese and fruit, homemade popcorn, homemade salsa and guacamole, chicken and prawns etc.
Add nutrition at each and every opportunity – whether it’s having veg sticks as a snack, extra salad leaves in the prawn cocktail, smoked salmon as a canapé, however you do it….just do it. Christmas dinner is the one meal you can have plenty of anti-oxidant rich vegetable options: Brussels sprouts, carrots, peas, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower cheese, sweet potatoes, onions and garlic in the turkey and stuffing, the list is endless. When making the cheese sauce, cut a few fat calories by using low-fat milk. Turkey is a great meat, a wonderful source of protein and is low in fat, as long as you avoid the skin.
80/20 rule – I love this rule. As long as 80% of food is good, 20% can be not so good!!!
Get some rest -a lack of sleep can lead to a lowered defence system so make sure you get plenty of sleep and rest and take some downtime for yourself.
Enjoy – honestly, if you can’t enjoy yourself and let go a little at Christmas, when can you?