Great news, the festive season is finally here, and that means Santa Clause, Christmas decorations and Grandpas secret Xmas pudding recipe.
The bad news is, this is typically one of the unhealthiest times of year and, the precursor to the dreaded Christmas burgeoning belly joy that we drag unwillingly into the New Year.
However, this year you need not fear, because this year we’re going to arm you with a fool proof plan that will assist you in navigating one of the trickiest parts of the culinary year.
Now, this is no time to be stodgy; it is Christmas after all, and what better excuse to relax the belt buckle just a little. And while this is duly noted, the risks of a total Christmas blowout can be mitigated, or avoided all together with the following five tips for remaining fat free this festive season.
No, not with the amber fluids; however, we’ll let you off with a free pass just this once.
Now’s definitely not the time to be lecturing anyone on the perils of over-consumption, or the shortfalls of Santa’s secret sauce. But, because the festive booze cruise will dehydrate you quicker than the Queensland sun while mowing the lawn, it pays a word to the wise to squeeze some H2O in between the amber pots to keep the metabolism floating faster than the bubbles at the Milton Brewery.
Portions Your Food Wisely
This time of year can offer up a real smorgasbord of decorated delicacies, and the Christmas parties will be flying thick & fast with everything from Pavlova to pink champagne. And, while we don’t want to purport ourselves as the Xmas Grinch, we need to play this game smarter than Dasher, Dancer and Prancer by taking a balanced approach to the dinner table this year.
My tip is, while your options might be slim, if the Xmas delights look to good to be true, they probably are. In other words, have a dabble, just don’t dive head first in.
Fill Up Before You Fill Out
This one is a real pro tip I might have even stolen from a student at UQ who cheekily confessed that the drinks were cheaper on campus.
But, oddly enough, so is the food that resides in the family fridge. And you know what, why not take advantage of that and fill up before you head out.
It might defeat the purpose of eating out, but if you’re not heading out to a sit down and eat affair, you may be less inclined to follow the waiter’s unhealthy tray of delights around for the night if you’ve filled up beforehand.
Set Yourself Some Limits
Yes, by all means enjoy yourself; and like we’ve already said, it is Christmas after all. Just don’t overdo it.
Everything is better enjoyed in moderation. So, stay within your lane on this for the better part of the holiday period anyway to ensure that you will make it out the other side in the same pair denim jeans you entered in to avoid any, ermm, tight spots.
For a lot of families, this may be the only time of the year we get to spend any quality time together. It’s also a time of year where the schedule may actually free up a little.
Take advantage of both opportunities and head outdoors. Whether that’s a game of cricket at the beach, or a bike ride at your favourite holiday destination, get outdoors and get active. After all, Christmas in Queensland is the best Christmas in Australia for heading outdoors.
This is one of the best times of year to really enjoy great food and even better company. By all means, relax the belt buckle a little, don’t overdo it and, be sure to burn of some calories by sharing the festive spirit in the summer sun.
And, don’t forget Grandmas secret pudding recipe!
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