Festive season survival guide for healthy eating

Admit it, if you have ever watched friends, you remember that episode when Joey asks Ross how much he weighs and he replies with “I’d rather not say, I’m still carrying some holiday weight.” As amazing and festive the holidays are, bringing the families and friends closer, getting decked out and heading to both family gatherings and incredible parties, there is a downside. All the wonderful and enticing smells coming from the kitchen, the traditional turkey dinner plus extra stuffing, jams and whatnots, take a toll on most of us. Unless you’re one of those lucky freaks of nature who can always eat like a construction worker and never gain an ounce, you are bound to put on a few pounds. Sadly, these pounds usually stick to places we most dread – our weak spots.

So, this season, it’s time for a preemptive strike. Smart and healthy eating and avoiding temptation to a certain extent is possible. You just need a little willpower and a few secret hacks, and today we reveal them all, so make sure you stay tuned and keep your body intact.

 

Don’t even think about skipping it

If you think that skipping breakfast in order to save yourself from unnecessary calories which you will put into your body during that decadent Christmas dinner or lunch, think again. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in addition to that, if you don’t arrive at the dinner completely famished, you will eat less and save your body from those dreaded evening calories.

 

Do it your way

In case you’re the one in charge of preparing the famous dinner, try to do it in the healthiest way possible. For instance, instead of going for the traditional mashed potatoes with butter and cream, try roasting them in olive oil. They will be equally delicious, yet lacking all the fat from milk and cream. When it comes to the mandatory cranberry sauce – make your own instead of purchasing the canned one. Reason: when you make it yourself, you’re in charge of the amount of sugar and can make a healthier version.

As for the gravy, it’s simply best to let the turkey juices rise and remove the fat off the top. Now, if you’re not in charge of the dinner, use your Jedi self-control powers to eat the least amount of the mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, and finally, the biggest secret – the turkey. Stick to the healthiest part – the white meat, and remove the skin as it contains the largest concentration of fat.

 

Body’s little helpers

It’s highly unlikely that you will be able to burn all the calories you ate during all those festive dinners. High-calorie foods make people lazy, and you just want to veg out on the couch and watch some good bad TV. Now, as you will not be moving, and even if you’re going to a party, there’s no way you’ll burn everything you ate, resort to a little help. The help comes in the form of the amazing coq10 supplement. Why is this supplement your best holiday friend? Because unburnt calories and carbs turn into fat, and as one of the most powerful antioxidants out there, coenzyme q10 doesn’t only lift up your energy levels but it’s also vital in converting food into energy instead of the undesired fat.

So, even if you had a moderate dinner, you still had a larger calorie intake than on regular days – hence, resorting to this little helper will give you the boost you need to move yourself and spend those calories with the energy it provides.

 

Beware the drinks

You may or may not know this, but alcohol contains a whole lot of calories. Since it’s essentially made from sugar or starch, it contains lots of calories – seven calories a gram in fact, almost as many as pure fat! To add insult to injury – it has no nutritional value, so you’re just loading up on empty calories that don’t make you feel full but will have an impact on your weight. Therefore, aside from drinking in moderation – and yes, you’re a grown-up, you can control how much you drink, there is a hack that will make you drink less. Also, not all drinks are the same – vodka and soda water as well as a dry martini contain the least amount of calories – zero, followed by champagne and red and white wine. So, stick to these and avoid beer and fruity cocktails.

 

Load up before the party

If you arrive at a party after having a nice meal, you will be inclined to drink less as you’ll already be full. Aside from that, if you come to a party after having already had a meal, you will steer clear of the finger foods which are loaded with calories and fat. If you do reach for something – the night is long after all – look for choices along the lines of prawns, lean meat skewers, sushi, cold rolls and stay away from the pastries.

Even during the holiday season, it is possible to keep up with your exercise routine, so make sure you squeeze in at least a morning jog – you have no idea how helpful it will be, both for your health and for your figure. Aside from that, follow this guide to the letter and you will hopefully survive the festive feasts and parties with no regrets (at least not in the form of weight gain). Happy and responsible holidays, everyone!

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