The festive season is usually a time that we tend to have lots of parties with families and friends with lots of delicious food. This fact could make us worried if we want to maintain our healthy weight. The good news is - it´s possible to maintain your weight during this time of the year! The following tips will help you to have more control in what your eat and drink during this festive season:
#1 Always fill your plate with veggies
The veggies are the less caloric part of the meal, and will fill you up because contains lots of fiber. When filling your plate with more veggies, you will have less space on the plate for the meat and carbs, meaning you will eat a smaller portion of the most calorific part of the meal.
#2 Eat slowly
The festive season is the time to celebrate reunion with friends and family. Focus on those conversations around the table, than on the actual food and try to eat slowly. This will give more time to your stomach to send the signal of satiety to your brain and stop you of eating more.
#3 Don´t skip any meal
Don’t skip any meal of the day, trying to save your calories allowance for the big meal. If you keep your regular meals during the day, your blood sugar will be controlled. This means, you will have a good control of your appetite.
#4 Drink more water and less alcohol
Alcohol is empty calories, this means from the nutritional point of view it doesn’t contribute with good nutrients but instead with extra calories. Try to always have a glass water, next to you glass of wine, this will remind you of drinking more water than wine.
#5 Compensate with physical activity or by eating less on the next day
If you still overeat on the party lunches or dinners, try to compensate on the next day – exercising more or eating lighter meals on the next day (for example, soups, salads and fruit)
I hope you find these tips useful. Most importantly, enjoy the time with your family and friends and have a Merry Christmas!
This recipe was improvised using ingredients I had at home. I always try to use lots of veggies because gives a lot of color, taste and adds nutritional value. In this case, I used the peppers - red, green and yellow, carrots, sweetcorn and mushrooms. I added the peppers close to the end of the time of cooking the chicken, so it kept the peppers fresh and crunchy. It's also important to not overcook the vegetables so they keep their vitamins.
Ingredients (serves 4)
Hi, I'm Joana, a Portuguese registered dietitian in the UK. I am passionate about helping others achieving their health goals.