The one question we get asked the most this time of year, is for any tips when eating out this festive season, so having a plan of attack in periods renowned for overindulgence is key 🔑 .
🍏Plan your alcohol
Try setting yourself an alcohol limit before arriving at a party or social function. A good strategy is to alternate alcohol with water, soda water or diet soft drinks. To keep your sugar intake down, switch sugar sweetened drinks for diet options, or better still, water. .
🍏Have a platter strategy
It’s difficult to keep track of how much you’ve eaten when enjoying finger food. If grazing from a platter, go for the vegetable sticks in preference to crackers, and choose hummus and vegetable based dips. If cheese is your thing, focus on quality rather than quantity, and consciously cut thin slices. .
🍏Pick raw and steamed side dishes
Choose steamed vegetables or salads if you order side dishes and not fried chips, wedges or mashed potatoes. Vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, loads of fibre to fill you up. .
🍏Know your weakness!
Most of us have a soft spot for something sweet or salty. Admitting this is important! Whatever your weakness, it might be best to not eat any at all, as stopping after you have had some may be harder than resisting altogether. .
🍏Yes you can have dessert, be smart
If you fancy dessert, offer to share with someone, or look for fruit-based options. Added sugars in foods are a source of “empty kilojoules”; they give our bodies energy but very little in the way of nutrients for health. .
🍏Keep it simple
If you can’t apply this approach, keep it simple this summer. Think about the three junk foods or drinks you are most partial to, and halve the amount you consume. And while you’re at it, double your vegetable and salad habit.
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