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20th Dec 2013
It’s Christmas time, which means mulled wine, mince pies, turkey leftovers, chocolate, and alcohol, plus time off work – it’s a bad combination for our waistlines and our motivation, AND it’s cold outside too!!

So how can we survive this festive season without piling on the extra pounds that take weeks to get rid of?

Here's our Top 10 ways to enjoy a healthy and happy Christmas for you and your loved ones.

Christmas is a time when people often go way overboard with their eating habits, chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner and these bad habits make us lethargic and can set us back months in our fitness goals,"

These are just a few handy tips that can help keep you on the straight and narrow so you don’t go completely off the rails and undo all the hard work you’ve done this year.

Ditch the Sweets
Swap sugary sweets for fruit – cranberries are great at this time of year with only 25 calories in half a cup

Family Walks
Walking the dog or just going for a walk with someone is a great way for everyone to burn calories and enjoy the winter scenery
Vitamins & Supplements
As the days are shorter and the flu season begins one of the best ways to stay healthy is to make sure you eat plenty of fruit and veg.  If need be you can always get these through additional supplements even a basic multi-vitamin can help pep you up.

Alcohol Alternatives
Fruit cocktails are a healthy and delicious alternative or of course you could offer to drive and stick to water saving yourself a hangover and your friends a fortune on taxi fares.

Dance the Night Away
If you are out at a party hit the dance floor and burn off those excess calories!
Healthy Christmas Dinner
When it comes to the big event pile your plate high with veg and opt for a nice lean turkey, drop a couple of the roast potatoes for extra veg! Cauliflower is a great source of Vitamin C and it’s good for your heart.
Just because your normal routine’s gone out of the window it doesn’t mean you can’t work out – 10 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) first thing will set you up for the day, or go for a 30 minute run, dust off that rowing machine and give it a go.
Healthy Start
Start the day with a nice cup of hot water with a lemon slice. This will help to alkalise the stomach and settle your PH levels important when you are eating a lot of rich acidic food throughout the day.
Avoid some foods
While it’s nice to indulge you will help yourself if you can steer clear of the bread and cheese – Opt for a smaller plate and pile your plate high with salad on those Christmas teas and go for meat rather than cheese.
Healthy Seasonal Snacks
And finally there are some lovely healthy choices to be had at Christmas time – make sure you try some tasty nuts or how about a delicious tangerine?




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