3 Tips for a Better & Healthier Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! We get to receive lots of gifts and spend plenty of time with our loved ones. But, apart from the good company, Christmas is also known for the time of good food.

At a typical Christmas celebration, we can expect to see a spread of appetising dishes. As we settle into the festive moods, we often allow ourselves to let go. Because this is so, it is all the more important for us to find ways to eat healthy while still having a merry Christmas.

On top of this, Christmas is also a great opportunity to get the family together for some quality time after the hustle and bustle of the busy year that just passed. Therefore, taking full advantage of the time we have with family is necessary for improving our relationships.

In this article, we will be guiding you on how you can enjoy Christmas and its festivities to the fullest, while making the right food choices! Here are 3 ways that you can have a happier and healthier Christmas!

Stuffing Ourselves

According to recent studies, the average calorie consumption at a Christmas dinner stands at 3,000 calories. To put that into perspective, at a single dinner alone, we eat up to 800 more calories than the recommended daily intake for an adult male. That is a worrying amount of food considering it was from only one meal.

The aftereffects of a large feast don’t just pose concerns for our weight but also indigestion and heartburn. The calorie heavy meal typically leaves us feeling lethargic or restless throughout the rest of the day which then leads to a reduced chance of burning it off.

Therefore, instead of constantly stuffing ourselves at the Christmas dinner table, take some time to consume your meals slowly and allow your body to tell you when you’re full. You can do so by eating your average daily portion and then taking a short break to let your food digest. More often than not, you’ll realise that you’ve had enough to eat!

Lastly, consider taking a small portion of everything you want to try and if you enjoy that particular dish, you can always come back for seconds.

Sneaky Greens – Food Preparation

Christmas meals as we know are very meat heavy. A majority of dishes involve meat in some way or another. For some cases, these dishes consist of just meat alone! When it comes to preparing a Christmas meal for the family, a simple and effective method of making it a little healthier is to sneak more greens and vegetables into your meals. If you can, replace the meat you typically use to leaner meat or even fish when possible.

Having more vegetable side dishes are also an effective way to transition to a healthier Christmas. As many sides are also dazzled in gravy and oil, it would be a good idea to limit the use of such sauces to greatly reduce the overall calories of the dish.

Although meat is not inherently bad, we must also acknowledge that a heavily meat meal is not the ideal. A good and healthy meal should consist of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables in a good proportion. Therefore, sneak in some greens into your pastas, soups and maybe even lasagnas!

Quality Family Time

This year’s Christmas might not be the same as the ones we’ve had in the past. Because of the pandemic, much of our plans with friends have to be put on hold. But due to this, we also are given the opportunity to spend more quality time at home.

We sometimes take family for granted. Because we know that they will be there for us, when we have time to spend with them, we aren’t always mentally present in that particular moment. Sometimes, it could be the stressors on our mind, or other times, our gadgets or distractions in the way of conversations. This Christmas, it would be ideal for us to set aside our phones and other forms of distractions so that we can be physically and mentally present with our families for some much needed quality family time.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! It is the perfect time to cherish our loved ones and spend quality time with them! On top of that, Christmas is also a time to eat delicious food, however, we’ll have to make a conscious effort to eat healthy!