Nutrition Tip: Christmas Eating

Christmas time is soon - a time to meet with family and friends and enjoy all your favourite Christmas foods. Remember that just because you want to be healthy, doesn't mean that you have to miss out on all the foods which you enjoy over the holiday period - the key is moderation.

See below for some of our favourite tips on holiday eating:

  • Eating a high-fibre breakfast the morning of a big event helps to fill you up and keep you satisfied for longer. Good examples are whole grain cereals, fruit or porridge.
  • Before leaving for an event, eat a light healthy snack, such as a half a sandwich, a piece of fruit or some veggies. Remember that it is easier to pass food by if you’re not starving.
  • Try not to linger by the food table. Focus on socialising with friends and family rather than eating. If possible, try to participate in social events that don't revolve around food such as playing a game with the family, decorating the tree or playing with presents.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • If you have a favourite holiday snack, try to have a little bit of it. Take time to enjoy the taste as you eat it. Don't over-indulge - enjoy unhealthy holiday foods in small portions.
  • Christmas is a busy time of the year - don't order fast food because you are too tired to cook. Prepare in advance and stock up your fridge with quick, healthy meals and snacks: fresh fruits, sandwich ingredients, pre-cut fresh vegetables, home-made soups, whole grain breads and cereals.
  • Eat only when you are hungry - just because someone offers you food, don't feel obligate to take it.