5 Tips for a healthy Christmas

Christmas: tis the season to be jolly. Tis also the season of the Christmas party. While it’s a great time of year to catch-up with friends and family, all the functions can take a toll on our health, not to mention our waist lines! 

Here are some tips to help you through this Christmas in the best of health.

  1. Don’t go to a party on an empty stomach! Best to eat a light meal before you go so you don’t fill-up on high-calorie snack food.
  2. Many functions at this time of year involve drinking alcohol. Limit your alcohol intake by making every second drink a glass of water. This way you remain hydrated and consume fewer calories.
  3. If you’re eating a meal at the home of a friend or relative, try and serve yourself. This way you have control over your portion size. There’s nothing worse than being given a massive portion and feeling obliged to eat everything on your plate out of fear of offending your host!
  4. Try and incorporate some activity into your Christmas function. For instance – a game of back-yard cricket or a walk after lunch. This gives you the opportunity to burn some calories before dinner.
  5. Don’t deprive yourself this Christmas, but if you’re going to indulge in a high-calorie treat make it your favourite. Don’t indulge in mediocre treats just because they happen to be in front of you. 

Information provided in this article is not medical advice and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner. Australian Unity accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions, advice, representations or information contained in this publication. Readers should rely on their own advice and enquiries in making decisions affecting their own health, wellbeing or interest.