29 Nov 12 Days of Christmas: Festive Food Swaps
Rachel Dixon, a member of our healthy lifestyle team, talks about using festive food swaps to avoid the guilt that comes with overindulging during the festive season.
We’re in the final month of 2019 and I need to be inspired with a few festive food swaps!, It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the season to be merry is in full swing. There are feasts of delicious food awaiting at the office parties and family gatherings ahead!
As everyone pulls out the stops in the kitchen to serve me a slice of festive cheer, there’s likely to be an urge to break the healthy eating habits that I’ve spent a considerable amount of building throughout the year. It’s not uncommon. If health habits could talk, there would almost inevitably be a point in the month where I’m ready to tell them to take a hike into the next decade. Giving me leeway to say yes to one, two, three (who’s counting really…) more mince pies.
Do you have a similar dilemma during the festive season? I’ve been assured it’s not unusual to want too much of a good thing as Christmas approaches, even our health practitioners agree! But according to Dietitian, Karen Davies, the key to having the pleasure of food without the guilt is to be mindful but not to stress!
“December is upon us… a time for fun and celebration, however with that comes the pressure of additional calories through extra eating and drinking. Be mindful when choosing from that Christmas buffet or having seconds of Christmas lunch. I’m not suggesting anyone should calorie count over the festive season but a bit of smart damage limitation, that won’t spoil the celebration, may make stepping on the scales in January a bit sweeter!”
That’s why our team are combining their experience to tackle the moments when enjoying a treat suddenly becomes laden with more guilt than it’s worth.
How can we help?
Throughout the first twelve days of the month the team will share their top festive food swaps to get us through December. Stay on track with the healthy habits you’ve adopted this year using ingredients that taste great without the guilt.
Maybe you haven’t stuck with your health goals and are feeling ready to give it another try? We are all about small, realistic and maintainable lifestyle changes as opposed to drastic diet fads which will only leave us feeling defeated and down when they inevitably don’t stick. And we all know, preparation is key to success.
Barcley West, a stop smoking service at One You Surrey, comments on the 12 Days of Christmas food swaps:
“When we quit smoking, we will begin looking for other alternatives to replace the habit. Here at One You Surrey, we want to make sure that the habits we replace smoking with are positive ones! We all love to divulge at Christmas, but these food swaps are great ways to make sure we don’t over-divulge!”
Check out the team’s ultimate festive food swaps on our social media platforms from the 1st until the 12th of December, and if you give any of them a try… tag us in the post to share it with us!
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