6 Ways to Stay Healthy This Festive Season

Christmas can seem to be filled with one social event after another. Mince pies, chocolates, mulled wine and canapés are everywhere! If you're trying to lose (or even maintain) weight it can seem like an endless set of challenges. So what can you do to stack the odds in your favour this festive season?

Here is an action plan for enjoying Christmas dos without compromising your health and weight loss goals.

Have a plan 
Before you go to bed each night, plan out your food for the next day. This is always a good idea but never more so than at Christmas, when parties and “treats” are just about everywhere.

Don't start a new diet now

Unless you have a weight loss programme already firmly established, it could be better to set a maintenance goal instead. It's often much more realistic at this time of year. It will also give you the freedom to enjoy yourself without feeling deprived, or that you've failed, which in turn means you're more likely to rebel (and head straight for the box of chocolates without a second glance).

Be mindful

Manage your portion sizes. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly. Savour each mouthful and recognise when you are full. 

Eat well at other meals

Fill your plate with lots of vegetables. Have protein-rich foods and healthy fats at each meal. Then enjoy the times that are for celebrating. Head to your party, have one or two drinks, a few nibbles and – most of all – enjoy time with the people you love!

Never, ever go to a party hungry 

If you do, you'll be fighting a loosing battle. Have a healthy snack before you go – my go to pre-event snacks are a protein bar or a palmful of mixed nuts. Both are easy to keep in your bag or grab in a local health food shop. 

Keep chocolates and mince pies out of sight

A good tip for day to day - keep the festive treats out of sight. Whether it's in the office or at home, if there are always treats in your eye line, it's a whole lot easier to be tempted. Take them into the office kitchen. Store them away in a cupboard. Only get them out when (or if!) you make a conscious decision that you want to enjoy them.