3 December 2021
Article originally published in: First for Women Magazine
The festive period can feel like a marathon – and to have the energy to reach the finishing line you need to eat well. Here are 3 simple tips to help you get through the party season.
Eat little and often – three meals and two small snacks spaced through the day. Don’t fall into the trap of starving yourself during the day in preparation for an indulgent night, because you’ll run out of energy before the party begins. Have protein with each meal as it boosts energy, and avoid refined carbohydrates, sugar and caffeine, which give an initial boost but leave you feeling even more tired.
Indigestion can ruin your Christmas dinner. It’s triggered by overeating which causes
your digestion to slow down as it tries to process all the excess food. Don’t fill your plate, eat slowly and wait 20 minutes before having seconds. Remember: The hormone cholecystokinin (CCK) lets your body know when you’re full, but can take 20 minutes to kick in.
Instead of overindulging and feeling guilty, be realistic – you will not avoid all temptation over Christmas. Keep some oatcakes to snack on in your desk drawer, so when the Quality Street tin goes around you’re more likely to take a couple than a handful. If you do overindulge, eat healthy food the next day. You’ll be glad you minimised the impact on your body come the New Year.
This article is for information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.