Festive Period

Festive period πŸŽ„

A time to Eat, Drink and Be Merry.

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πŸ‘‘Whilst it is easy to over overindulge at Christmas, there are ways to help stay on track without being a bore.

πŸ¦ƒHere’s some helpful tips to make the most of the festive period but so you don’t end up as stuffed as the turkey.

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πŸŽ„Healthy eating is often seen as boring or tasteless, but a little bit of effort can go a long way

🍴try making your food from scratch, reducing the volume of processed foods helps to cut down on salt, sugar and saturated fat intake.

πŸ₯•Using fresh natural ingredients helps to reduce intake of preservatives and artificial ingredients.

🍊Make your food colourful by increasing the volume and fruit and vegetables to your dishes. This will also help to increase your fibre intake and reduce your calorie intake.

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🚰Stay hydrated

It is often a little too easy to over-indulge on alcohol this season, but make sure your drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. Alcohol dehydrates you further and adds to your calorie intake. Remember to drink in moderation. Opt for those low calorie mixers to help save on calories.

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🍽Downsize your dinner plate

Buying smaller dinner plates helps to fool the mind that you have a big plate full of goodies but in actual fact the volume size is smaller than normal.

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πŸ™ˆAvoid overeating by - taking your time to eat

- Avoiding mindless eating, sit down with you food and focus on the task at hand

- Chew your food properly

- Try not to eat until your stuffed, stop when you feel 80% full

- Drink water 30 minutes before your meal

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πŸ™ŒπŸ»Distraction techniques

These are useful and can help us think about why we eat: boredom, physical hunger, habit, emotions, social events etc. Often if your are eating for reasons other than physics hunger, distraction techniques allow you to direct your attention to another activity such as

☎️Call a friend

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πŸ›€πŸ»Take a relaxing bath πŸ““Read a book

πŸ“±Play a game

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Lindsay Benson