We’re longing for the end-of-year break and looking forward to celebrations with friends and family. But all too often the positive benefits of the holiday are overwhelmed by the negative effects of the season.
It is all too easy to over-indulge in rich foods, sweet treats and alcohol. At the same time, we are cutting back on regular physical activity and staying up too late, too often.
While you don’t want to feel deprived, ditching your weight loss or health conscious habits over the festive season can stress both the body and mind.
We asked the team at ADSA (Association for Dietetics in South Africa) to give us their top tips for how to balance our holiday fun with staying healthy, and here’s what they have to say:
“Healthy eating during the holidays might take some thought, but it is really manageable. Having access to healthy food is key. If there is healthy food in your fridge, you will eat it. The same goes when you travel - you do not need to eat every meal out and on the run. You can buy healthy food and pack meals or snacks just the same way you would if you were home,” says Nathalie Mat, a registered dietitian based in Johannesburg.
“Make sure there is an abundance of salads and vegetables at each meal. Serve these onto your plate first, and fill half or more of your plate with them. This will help you to keep the portions of rich meats and roast potatoes small.”
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