Surviving the holiday season
Surviving the holiday season
Here we are again! The holidays are soon to arrive, which means warmer weather, tempting treats, and fun-filled social gatherings. During the holidays, it’s easy to forget about healthy eating. Have a read of these simple tips to help beat the Christmas bulge.
Don’t arrive at a Christmas party hungry. It is more likely you will demolish everything in sight! Instead, have a small protein-rich snack 2-3 hours before. Party season equates to extra empty calories, courtesy of alcohol, sugary treats, and decadent canapes. By having a small snack few hours in advance, you will be less likely to overindulge and you will be more in control of your food choices during the social event.
Avoid planting yourself next to the food table. Work the room! Get social, catch up with old friends, and make new ones. You won’t eat mindlessly if you’re too busy chatting with someone. Choose your appetisers wisely; don’t allow willpower to subside and a negative self-fulfilling prophecy to take its place!
Stay active. Pick a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, go on short walks after dinner, or go for a quick dip and cool off in the ocean. If you don’t have time for a long exercise stint, break up your exercise into intervals of 10 or 15 minutes, 2-3 times throughout the day.
Don’t deprive yourself. Moderation is essential. Couple this principle with exercise and you don’t have to feel guilt-ridden over enjoying a slice of pie after dinner. Mind your portion sizes, thus, you can still indulge in your favourite foods without abolishing them completely.
Limit liquid calories. Over consumption of alcohol is a common holiday indulgence that comes with many unpleasant side effects post-celebration. When we drink rather than eating our calories, our bodies do not register fullness and we often end up consuming more than we should. Alcohol is a source of empty calories and high in sugar. It’s OK to enjoy the occasional glass of wine but beware of the consequences of excessive consumption.
Other important reminders include ensuring adequate sleep (even if it means a few lie-ins and an afternoon siesta on your days off!), enjoying time with the family, and trying not to over-stress about the little things! While you have some time off, set some down time for just you. Happy holidays!
Try this holiday recipe if you’re craving a sweet treat
Festive Chocolate Square’s
- 375 g organic, dark chocolate (sweetened with coconut sugar)
- 345 g coconut oil or unsalted butter
- 6 eggs
- 240 g coconut sugar
- 195 g almond or hazelnut meal
- 100 g buckwheat flour
- 5 g sea salt
- 5 g baking soda
- 6 g pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 330F. Grease a 11×15″ (or 11×17″) sheet pan and line with parchment.
- Chop chocolate and butter into chunks and place in a bowl. If using coconut oil, melt coconut and chopped chocolate together over a simmering pan.
- Add coconut sugar to melted chocolate and mix well. May use whisk.
- Lightly beat eggs in a separate bowl.
- Pour eggs slowly into chocolate while whisking constantly. Make sure the chocolate isn’t too hot and you’re whisking vigorously while doing this.
- Fold in dry ingredients.
- If desired, fold in chopped nuts, dried cranberries, or dried cherries.
- Pour into pan and bake for 25-35mins. A 11×15″ pan takes 35mins.
- Allow cooling before cutting.