Tips for a healthier Christmas season

Pouring water into a full glass

For many of us, ‘Christmas’ isn’t confined to just one or two days, but quite often starts the first weekend of December. This means that staying on track, if that’s what you want to do, needs intentional focus.

It can be difficult with increased social events and tempting seasonal food & drinks on offer. But hopefully, this blog post will help you to make better decisions while you’re out having fun!

After all, it is Christmas and a time to celebrate with family, friends & colleagues.

Heading out for drinks?

Decide what you’re going to order before you’re put on the spot at the bar. You’ll be able to make a better choice and enjoy it because you have!

Many alcoholic drinks contain a lot of energy (calories), but almost no nutrition. Drinking too much of any alcohol usually leads to a loss of control, especially around food, which in our experience can last for days!

It goes without saying the less sugar the better...

Lower in sugar

  • White or red wine
  • White wine spritzer
  • Prosecco or champagne
  • Gin/vodka & (slimline) tonic
  • Vodka/tequila lime & soda

Higher in sugar

  • Lager
  • Ale
  • Sugary spritzers
  • Fruity cocktails
  • Fruit juices
  • Rum & coke
  • Vodka & orange

Nibbles to serve with drinks

Swap beige buffet food like:

  • Pringles
  • Bread sticks
  • Sausage rolls
  • Pork pies
  • Garlic bread
  • Quiche
  • Mini pizzas
  • Breaded fried chicken

For real food like:

  • Olives & nuts
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Cheese & pickled onions
  • Charcuterie
  • Dips & crudités
  • Prawns
  • Cold cuts
  • Chicken satay

Hosting at home? Make a 'Grazing table'...

When it's your turn to host this Christmas, consider elevating the traditional beige buffet by opting for a grazing table. Grazing tables not only create a visually stunning display but also encourage eating a wider variety of whole foods. Never heard of, or created a grazing table before? We show you how, here.

Helpful tips...

1. Offer to drive
2. Rotate alcohol with soft drinks
3. Avoid going to a party hungry
4. Continue to eat at your normal meal times
5. Drink more water!

Whatever your approach to navigating December is, a handful of festive drinks parties, Christmas and/ or boxing day lunch are not going to undo everything you've achieved this year. Have fun and mindfully enjoy a little of what you fancy!

If you have any questions, please get in touch on – we're here to help you!


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