How to indulge, without overindulging

We’re all guilty of it. It starts off as one extra Christmas cookie after dinner, and then it slowly develops into the entire batch, or one round of seconds which turns into three more platefuls.

Christmas is a time for celebration and certainly a bit of indulgence. Why did they invent Christmas pudding if not to be eaten right? But often overindulging can leave us feeling guilty and dejected. Here are some quick tips to help avoid overindulging this Christmas

1.Keep breakfast breakfast-y

It can be really tempting to crack open the leftovers from the feast the night before, or even worse, skip breakfast because you’re still full from dinner. Even though it can be tempting, it’s important to try and have your bowl of weet-bix or whatever you usually enjoy for breakfast. After all, it’s the most important meal of the day!

2. Go for a walk after meals to avoid snacking or seconds

It takes our body a bit of time to realise we’re full. So while we’re waiting for our tummy to decide whether it needs the third slice of pudding, try heading out for a walk. After a walk around the block enjoying your neighbours Christmas lights you might forget all about that third slice of pudding. Or you may have worked up an appetite. Either way, you’ll feel much better for it!

3. Drink a glass of water for every glass of alcohol

Ideally it helps to opt for a non-alcoholic beverage with your Christmas lunch. However, if you are deciding to enjoy a few over the holidays, try to have a glass of water after each drink. Not only does this keep us hydrated, it also helps us keep count of how many we are having

4. Eat first and then go out

I don’t know about you, but restraining from piling my plate up as high as possible, and going back for seconds, which are often even bigger, can be tricky. Sometimes, rather than having to be tempted by another feast, it can be good to have a light meal at home and then head over to catch up with everyone after the meal.

5. Pick one indulgent meal for the day

This one can be tricky, and not always possible. We can get bogged down with a Christmas lunch followed by a larger dinner, which turns into supper, and by the end of the night we feel like we need to be rolled back home. Try and choose the best feed for the day and stick with that one. Personally, lunch at Grandma’s is always a favourite!

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