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Postby kate_turner2000 » Fri Nov 24, 2006 1:16 pm

As the festive season beckons, it's easy to lose sight of the health goals that you've been trying to achieve all year. Rich food, plentiful alcohol and lack of exercise all contribute to a sluggish system, not to mention the family hazards that might fly your way. Try following these tips to minimise the damage to your body (and soul) beautiful.

Stay off the snacks
Around Christmas time, many of the kilos packed on are due to snacks that lie around the house. Go easy on the chocolates and nuts, they are full of joules and are unnecessary when you are also enjoying large meals! As a substitute, have bowls of fruit available (grapes and berries are good) and help fill kids' stockings with an orange or apple, too.

Plan a walk
Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean normal life has to stop completely! Build some time into your day to take some exercise, even if it's a simple walk along the beach or a swim. Taking time out is also helpful for avoiding family tension: if there's a storm brewing, calm yourself down by getting out and about for 30 minutes or so.

Bulk up on fibre
Whatever your chosen Christmas meal, max out on vegies and cut back on the meat. It doesn't have to be dull — look up inventive ways to make a splendid salad or dress up those sprouts. As long as your vegies aren't covered in butter or rich salad dressing, you can scoff lots without packing on too many kilos.

Be sensitive to others
Not everybody finds Christmas a pleasant time — be sensitive to the feelings of those around you, especially if there's been a recent bereavement or loss. Even happy events such as the birth of a child can cause emotional havoc, so stay aware and steer clear of potentially hazardous topics.

Don't start on the booze too early
Tempting though it can be to crack open the bubbly as soon as you're dressed, save it for later in the day. When eventually you do have a drink, remember to space alcoholic beverages with soft ones, allowing your liver a chance to fight back. Don't forget that it's harder for your liver to metabolise alcohol when your sugar intake has been high: it prioritises the absorption of sugar over alcohol, so if you've been on the chocolates all day, any alcohol will remain in your system for longer.

Get organised!

If you leave all your preparations to the last minute, things can get stressful. Financially, too, leaving everything until last can create a big hole in your wallet. Space everything out by writing lists and buying presents ahead of time (this will also save you cash). Buy foods that won't go off in advance, too, such as Christmas puddings and so on.

Choose your drinks carefully
If you're watching your weight, some drinks will kill your diet. Obvious ones to look out for are creamy cocktails, but keep an eye on your intake of premixed drinks and cocktails in general. Stick to straight spirits, mixed with low-joule drinks, or wine.

Set out expectations
Christmas can be a very happy time, but it can also be stressful. If your parents are separated or if you're planning to spend the holidays with your partner's family, make sure the other set know in good time. Disappointment often breeds resentment and the last thing you need on your hands at Christmas is a family feud. As at any other time of the year, communication is of paramount importance — hiding away from telling somebody something they won't want to hear will only prolong the issue.

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Postby Sassygirl » Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:21 pm

Thanks for that info Kate! I always find Christmas to be the hardest time of all for food. We start eating on Chrissie Eve and we basically don't finish until New Years Day!!!!
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Postby KimE » Fri Nov 24, 2006 6:44 pm

Thanks for posting that Kate, that is very helpful and I think I need to keep some of those in mind for the Chrissy period. Luckily I am at work most of the time only have off the stat holidays and I find I can stick to my plan much easier at work than when at home.
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Postby Ally » Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:40 am

Thanks Kate :wink:
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Postby hushpuppy » Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:41 pm

:) thanks kate
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Postby corolla_chick » Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:51 pm

yeh kim

im the same. it is much easier to stick to healthier eating at work.

at the end of december my job finishes. i dont want to be sitting at home all the time cause that is when i am most likely to eat and eat and eat...
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Postby Neney » Sat Nov 25, 2006 3:38 pm

Excellent Ideas. I'm lucky in the fact my family never does seem to have lots of snack or junk foods around Xmas. My mum is diabetic and we've always worked around that this time of year.
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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:59 pm

well I'll be going to Melb to see extended family this Christmas. My immediate family will be staying in a holiday house on the beach so swimming will be in the offing, and if I know my families there will be some activites going (backyard cricket and footy - with my 2 AFL player cousins - and the rest of the clan)

My idea is:
no snacking
I will be allowed 1 piece of desert per day (small serve)
I will try (where practical) to use a side plate and/or to spread my food out on the plate rather than stuff it so it LOOKS like I'm eating a lot, but not eating as much
Try to stick to the 3 meals per day and monitor only 1 mid snack of healthy fruit or nuts if and when required.
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Postby Ally » Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:11 pm

That is some great planning there Tegan, I wish you all the best mate, let us know how you go!!
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