Healthy Tips at Christmas

Christmas can be a fantastic time for reconnecting with family and friends, having some much-needed time off, eagerly awaiting the Christmas dinner and often overindulging in food!

Take a look at these simple tips that can support you to eat a little more mindfully and have a healthy Christmas.

  •  3 meals a day- this is key to stop overeating and continuous snacking between meals, particularly with all of the Christmas treats around. A good breakfast will set you up for the day and is particularly important on Christmas morning. With a little extra time on hand why not try warming porridge with berries or eggs (scrambled, boiled or poached) on toast with avocado that will keep you fuller for longer.
  • Having healthy snacks to hand- the tins of chocolate and biscuits will no doubt be out in force over the Christmas so it's helpful to have healthier snack bowls of fruit, veggie sticks and unsalted nuts on hand to curb cravings between meals. Also having natural yoghurts in the fridge can be a great go-to snack too.
  • If you feel full, stop eating. Your body will thank you in the long run and the treats you do have will feel a lot more satisfying!
  • Staying hydrated- this is really important, particularly if drinking alcohol over Christmas and having water in between alcoholic drinks. Also drinking water helps keep you fuller for longer and can prevent from overeating.
  • Getting out into the fresh air- As a lot of people have time off over Christmas, it can be a great opportunity to get out for walks, go ice skating or engage in other physical activity that you might not have the chance to do in a busy working week.

We hope you have a healthy, happy and wonderful Christmas from all at Healthy UCD !

Click here for some healthy new year tips for 2019!