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A Happy and a Healthy Christmas!

A Happy and a Healthy Christmas!
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Christmas is a prominent time to pamper yourself and indulge in delicious festive meals. But don’t let this be the signal to stuff yourself!

Living in India, Christmas may not be our traditional festival but it is celebrated with a lot of gung-ho. There are cakes, chocolates, cookies and no doubt alcohol. It is the time of year where we all eat out a lot – the spirit of festive season. On Christmas and New Year we all indulge in lot of fatty foods and alcohol. But this does not give you an excuse to put up weight. Don’t let your waistline compete with Santa!

Traditional Christmas food

At the same time, don’t put a break on your celebrations. You can enjoy the festivities without much impact on your health. Here are some amazing tips that will not let you fall into the trap of overindulgence.

Don’t sit idle all day

Don’t sit idle all day Christmas

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The biggest mistake that many people make is that as the holiday season starts, their exercising stops!  People at times come up with the excuse that the gyms are closed. Well there are many other ways to keep yourself active. You can go walking or running or try some simple exercises at home.

As you are going to have an extensive dinner on Christmas, prepare yourself for that in the day. Indulge yourself in some sport. Don’t plonk yourself on the bed. Keeping yourself active throughout the day will lead to increase in energy expenditure.

Eat fruits and veggies

 

fruits and veggies Christmas

What most of us tend to forget in the festive season is eating fruits. It is nowhere on our Christmas menu. But it is the time when our body needs vitamins more than any other time. Late night parties and celebrations have a great impact on our health and to avoid such a situation you need to keep fruits in your list when you go for Christmas shopping. Make sure to fill your fruit bowl!

On the day of the copious meal, try to eat lots of veggies in the afternoon. It will balance the high-protein meal in the evening.

Don’t overeat throughout December

Don't overeat Christmas

It’s not only the Christmas dinner that makes you put on weight but the whole season of overindulgence in high calorie food that affects your health. Events before and after Christmas and food bargains that take place in supermarkets result in hundreds of extra calories intake in a day. It leads to almost 3kg of weight gain in a month. So keep a watch over how much you eat so that you don’t have to torture yourself with a drastic diet the next month!

Choose wisely & do some smart swaps

Choose wisely & do some smart swaps Christmas

You just need to make small changes to have a delicious yet healthy Christmas meal. Go for baked potatoes instead of roasting them; try using yogurt instead of cream in your pudding. Turkey is no doubt a healthy choice and if you go only for breast, its low fat also. By some clever swaps you can save many calories!

Don’t drink too much

Don’t drink too much Christmas

It is impossible to imagine a party without booze. No doubt it’s a festive season and we don’t want to act like a grumpy grandma but alcohol can be harmful for you. It is not only high in calories but also affects your senses and you lose control over what you eat, thus adding those extra pounds. So keep your alcohol consumption in control. A simple way to control is to have a glass of water for every glass of alcohol you drink.

You can mount up your alcohol units even if you are at home. Wine on the Christmas eve, Fizz in the breakfast and then again wine at the dinner…and so it goes on. Keep a record of your drinks and try to balance your hard drinks with the soft ones.

Avoid a Christmas stuffing

Avoid a Christmas stuffing

You may be surprised to know but the research says that a person on an average consumes 3,000 calories on the Christmas dinner. You have to learn to say no. Don’t eat everything that is offered to you at the party. You work so hard throughout the year to keep yourself fit, but this one party can spoil everything. To avoid such a situation, eat some healthy snacks before going to the party so that you don’t feel hungry for a longer time and don’t gorge onto the food. Think and eat rather than mindlessly popping!

Prevention is better than cure. So a little watchfulness and common sense will prevent you from putting on those extra kilos this holiday season and you won’t have to make a New Year resolution to lose weight.

 

Have a happy and a healthy Christmas and New Year!

Comments (14)

  • Hi Sonal didi ,
    Happy to see about your topics . Who wouldn’t give up fun at the time of festive day . 😀
    At the time of celebrating day , we should not forget our health conscious that we often do this. We should keep balance in our life . Because when wealth is lost ,nothing is lost but when health is lost , something is lost .
    Have a great Weekend . Happy Christmas . !! 🙂
    Regards,
    Partho

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      Hi Partho

      You are absolutely right. We should celebrate the festival but at the same time we should not ignore our health. a day of celebration can ruin the hard work of months.

      Keep writing in.

      Merry Christmas!

  • Hi Sonal,

    Great tips for a healthy, yet still happy Christmas. I’ll certainly be getting more exercise than the usual Christmas, because my two little granddaughters are here to stay.

    Hope you have a wonderful time too.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family, Joy
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      Hi Joy

      Love to see your valuable feedback. enjoy the festive season but at the same time don’t neglect your health.

      Hope you have a wonderful time!

      Keep writing in.

      Merry Christmas!

  • Hello Sonal,

    Now this was a wonderful and informative post. I think at this time of the year when food and drinks are in abundance, I believe it is essential that we pay particular attention to our health.

    The tips you have shared here are great reminders to take it easy and not over indulge.

    Thank you very much. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year 2016.
    Be blessed always 🙂

    Take care
    Hema Unnoop
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      Hi Hema

      I love to read your comment always. We indulge so much in food and drinks during the festive season that we completely ignore our health.

      I hope these tips are beneficial.

      Keep writing in.

      Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Have a blast!

  • Hello Sonal,
    It’s the first time I am visiting your blog! wonderful!. I appreciate you sharing your journey with weight loss. So many struggle with this (including myself). I look forward to learning more from you! “Avoid Christmas Stuffing” – I am aware and keeping things simple .. lol Happy Holidays to you and your family. I look forward to following your posts…
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      Hi Lesly

      It’s my honor to have you here. Am glad that you liked my blog. What I have learnt so far is that losing weight is not difficult. It requires hard work, detrrmination and small tricks.

      Keep writing in.

      Merry Christmas!

  • Hi Sonal Talwar, Great information and tips to remain healthy on holidays and Christmas. it is necessary to balance diet and at the same time one can enjoy with healthy food. Thanks for sharing
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      Hi Sazia

      Thanks for writing in. Yes we should celebrate the festive season with healthy diet.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Hi Sonal,
    a good reminder to take care of our health in this time.
    You are right it is good to eat lots of fruits and vegetables,
    I always make a big bowl of green salad at the begin of a meal,
    this makes satisfied. Exercise can be done at home as well if
    a gym is closed and a good walk is good as well.
    Thank you for the great information to keep us healthy .
    Erika
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      Hi Erika Mam

      Wonderful to see your comment.

      We should balance our festive diet with fruits and veggies in the afternoon. exercise is must which should not be neglected.

      Hope you enjoyed your Christmas!

      Keep writing in.

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi Sonal,

    This post is packed with healthy tips, but I most enjoyed your humor. I can’t remember when I last heard someone use ‘plonk’. And, it’s such a descriptive word!
    Edward
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      Hi Edward

      Glad that you liked the post. ya just thought to put that word in. Even I used it after a long time.

      Hope you enjoyed your Christmas!

      Keep writing in.

      Have a nice day!

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