Sleigh Away The Guilt Of Festive Eating
Festive season, festive gatherings and festive eating! Not to fear, as Santa is here with 7 tips on how you can sleigh festive eating!
Sleigh Away the Guilt of Festive Eating
It’s that time of the year when we attend gatherings, forge great memories, and enjoy great food! With all the festive
parties going on, it is important to be mindful of our overall well-being.
A research carried out by Associated British Foods found that the average person consumes more than 7,000 calories on Christmas day1.
While that sounds alarming almost exaggerated, it really is that easy to over-indulge in one too many seasonal treats while in the festive merry-making mood!
To avoid holiday weight gain and adverse impact on your health after all the late nights, alcohol and feasting, we’ve lined up 7 easy-peasy festive eating tips for you!
1. Start with a good (healthy) breakfast
A nutritious breakfast can help energise and kick start your day right! Include some wholegrains, low-fat protein and fruit. Consider blending LAC Tri-Action Muscle Sustain with nuts or seeds with milk and banana for a nutritious shake. LAC Tri-Action Muscle Sustain is a protein supplement that can help you feel fuller, thus reducing the tendency to snack and overeat. It is also great for seniors who do not consume enough protein in their daily diet. Consuming sufficient protein will help mitigate the risk of excessive loss of muscle mass and strength due to our bodies’ ageing process. LAC Tri-Action Muscle Sustain is targeted at sustaining muscle mass and maintaining muscle strength in seniors.
Avoid going for visits on an empty stomach to prevent overeating or over-indulging on festive treats, as said by Ms Lynette Goh, Senior Dietitian at NHG Polyclinics2.
2. Eat in moderation
There’s no need to deprive yourself entirely during this festive season, but practice responsible portion control and eat in moderation. If you know you’ll be feasting at dinner, balance out your day’s calorie intake by opting for a healthy breakfast and light lunch. A good choice would be along the lines of a nice piece of roasted chicken breast with a healthy serving of greens.
For a little extra help, GNC Total Lean™ Phase 2 Carb Controller™ helps reduce absorption of carbohydrates with 1000mg of White Kidney Bean Extract in each serving.
3. Indulge wisely
At a party, you see a variety of delicious food placed right in front of you. Resist the temptation to pile your plate high with every dish on the table. Ask yourself, would you really like to eat this item or are you just eating it because it is there? There is no joy in overeating and feeling bloated and guilty after. Instead, focus on quality over quantity. Let the conversations flow and take the time to enjoy the company of good friends and family instead of focusing primarily on food and letting the food take centre stage. If you can, try to pick just three to five of your favourite dishes in reasonable portions and go easy on the sauces, alcohol and desserts to avoid the extra calories.
If you feel like you have gone too far at the dessert table (don’t worry, we’ve all been there), keeping a bottle of GNC PN Healthy Blood Sugar Formula may be a useful backup plan. This formula contains a special blend of key nutrients and herbs to regulate blood glucose levels and help improve carbohydrates metabolism. To keep tabs on your sugar cravings, consider GNC Chromium Picolinate to avoid going all out on the cheesecakes, chocolate mousse, bread puddings and all the dessert yummies calling out from the table.
4. Stay active
Christmas is always a good excuse to stray away from the gym. With all the festive engagements with friends and family, who has time for the gym or for a walk in the park?
Well, think again. Amidst the Christmas and New Year festivities, it is still important to make time for exercise. Apart from burning all the festive yummy calories, exercise also helps to relieve stress, boosts overall mood and help you sleep better! Even if you can’t make it to the gym, opt to take the stairs instead of the escalator and lift, and/or walk to nearby places instead of taking the bus or car (or Grab).
5. Say YES to high-fibre foods
Choose vegetables, fruits and wholegrains that are high in fibre to help add bulk to your diet. Fibre keeps you feeling full for long, thus reducing the tendency to overeat. If you’re hosting a party, consider offering salads or brown rice bee-hoon as healthier choices.
6. Chew and eat slowly
It’s the holidays! Go slow and chew your food properly, you’ll get a lot more enjoyment from taking the time to savour your food and the enzymes in your saliva helps your stomach to digest food better so there’s less risk of indigestion and other digestive discomforts. Eating slowly gives your stomach enough time to send a message to your brain to say, “Hey, I’m full already. You can stop eating now3”.
7. Don’t forget to drink water
Before you reach out for another serving of food, ask yourself if you have had enough water. Sometimes, thirst may be confused for hunger. Water also helps to make you feel satiated, which also works towards reducing the tendency to over-indulge.
Not to nag, but we all know sweetened beverages and alcoholic drinks pack too many empty calories, so practice some self-control and choose water instead wherever possible. Your body and help will thank you for it.
1Neporent, L. (2014, December 25). How Many Calories the Average American eats on Christmas. Retrieved December 13, 2019, from abcNEWS:
2 Healthhub. (n.d.). 7 Healthy Holiday Eating Tips. Retrieved December 16, 2019, from Health Hub: https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/1457/dig-in-everyone
3Teo, J. (2016, December 20). Enjoy festive food without guilt. Retrieved December 16, 2019, from Straits Times: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/enjoy-festive-food-without-guilt