Friday 23 February 2018

5 ways to stay healthy over Christmas (that are actually realistic)

How to avoid over-indulging this Christmas.
How to avoid over-indulging this Christmas.
Daniel Davey, Leinster senior performance nutritionist.
Daniel Davy and Lorraine Heskin

Struggling to stay fit over the festive season? We know we're not the only ones who can't keep away from the mince pies. We spoke to performance nutritionist Daniel Davey to find out his five simple tips for avoiding piling on the pounds this Christmas.

1. Choose treats wisely

Use dark chocolate for treats rather than sweets and biscuits, you are less likely to over-eat on dark chocolate compared to if you are eating regular milk chocolate.

2. Know what you're drinking

Don’t mix sugar and alcohol. Mixing sugary drinks with alcohol is a particularly bad idea as, along with the extra calories from alcohol, the sugar will lead to blood sugar fluctuations that will trigger hunger pangs. Aim to drink moderately, but if you are having more than a few drinks, clear spirits with soda water and fresh lime or lemon is a good low calorie option.

3. Recognise when you're full

Space out your meals and maintain a healthy eating pattern which means eating three main meals and two snacks. Just because there is copious amounts of food available it doesn’t mean you should spend the day “grazing”. Eat because you are hungry, not because you are bored, or because the food looks appealing.

4. Out of sight, out of mind

Put left over food away. If food is visible it is more likely to be eaten, so put it out of sight and wrap it up. That way you are far less likely to eat it.

5. Remember your goals

Set an exercise goal. For example, aim to do some exercise every second day over the festive period this will keep your weight in check and help to manage the damaging effects of unhealthy food choices.

Daniel Davy is co-founder of FoodFlicker and a performance nutritionist currently working in professional rugby and elite Gaelic games. FoodFlicker recently partnered with Gourmet Food Parlour to bring healthy, nutritious Food Flicker specials to all Gourmet Food Parlour restaurant locations – Swords, Malahide & Dun Laoghaire.

Daniel Davy and Lorraine Heskin
Daniel Davy and Lorraine Heskin

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