- Try to keep your normal routine as much as possible. Christmas day for everyone is the one day that routine will probably go out the window, but do the best you can, you’ll feel better for it.
- Try to keep up some form of physical activity, even if it’s not exactly what you would normally do. It might be that you play with your kids in the park or take them for a swim at the beach or pool.
- Remember your portion sizing! You probably have lots of Christmas parties and functions to go to, and that’s a good thing. You just have to remember that these things are for catching up with people, that’s what you should be focusing on. The problem is that the catering for these events can leave you open to lots of temptations. It’s sometimes really hard to know how much you’ve eaten if you are just randomly eating finger food. A good way to overcome this is to grab a plate and pick a selection of the things you would like to try. If your plate looks about the same as what you’d normally serve yourself up for that meal at home that will be pretty good. There might be a few extra kJs in the catered food but it won’t be too bad unless it’s all deep fried.
- If you are going out to somewhere where there will be a lot of temptations, have something to eat before you go. A piece of fruit is a good choice. It’s nice and bulky but doesn’t have to many kJs. If you are hungry when you get there you are more likely over eat!
- For Christmas Day, it’s ok to enjoy a nice meal with your family, but you shouldn’t go back for second/thirds! If your plate has a bit more on it than usual don’t be too hard on yourself, just enjoy it, going back for another plate full will just make you feel bad. Take time to enjoy what you have, that’s not just the food by the way it’s the company you are eating it with.
- If your kids/nieces/nephews were given some Christmas present’s that involve some fun playing outside, go out and join in with them. It’s a good way to burn of some of your Christmas lunch while having some fun with the kids. That’s what Christmas is all about.
- Finally, just enjoy this time of year. Don’t get to stressed if you’ve eaten too much and not exercised enough! It’s only a week or two!
Enjoy your Christmas and new year. In the big picture it's what you do most of the time that makes the difference, so don't worry if you don't get it quite right over the next few days.
Have a great Christmas everyone!!