To stay Healthy this Silly Season
As you indulge in yet *another* Christmas Luncheon with champagne a-plenty, do you ever take a moment to think how the top Healthies prefer to indulge during the silly season? If you find yourself feeling sluggish, bloated and a little worse for wear this December, take a moment to read what the experts eat at Christmas for a healthier silly season!
Lauren Hannaford – PT and IsoWhey Sports Ambassador
When it comes to the Silly Season and Christmas, it’s hard to deprive yourself of all the delicious food that you are surrounded by. It has become more and more a festival of food at this time of year, so rather than trying to pretend that I don’t want to eat the pudding or sit there gritting my teeth the whole time depriving myself, I just try and have a balance with it. Instead of just digging right in and thinking I will be able to control myself, I go for the healthiest options first!! I fill my plate with the salads and veggies first before I opt for that heavenly looking potato bake. If I’m still hungry 10 minutes after having the ‘healthy food’ then I usually grab a smaller plate and put some of the ‘not so healthy’ bits and pieces on- it’s all in the balance and moderation!
Peta Shulman – Founder of GoodnessMe Box
The holidays are a time to indulge- it’s all about letting your hair down, enjoying time with friends and family and having that extra slice of pudding! However, that doesn’t mean you have to completely throw your healthy lifestyle out the window. A good way to ensure you maintain your healthy lifestyle during the holidays is to offer to bring dessert yourself! With so many healthy ingredients available these days, there are countless healthy versions of popular decadent Christmas puddings and pies. Think chia puddings, bliss balls instead of rumballs, pumpkin brownies and more. I love the three-ingredient chocolate truffle recipe found in our Decadent Desserts e-book, by @balanced.basic- it’s just almond meal, chia seeds and choc-hazelnut spread. Options like this taste so naughty that none of your relatives will know they are nice!
Kate Kendall – Co-founder and Director of Yoga at Flow Athletic
Over Christmas my eating style is fairly similar to every other day in the summer months – light, clean and fresh. I try to incorporate quick and easy ways to add extra nutrition into my food where possible, for example with the Blackmores Superfoods range. The only change would be a higher intake of fruit and liquorice all sorts! I grew up on an orchard in the country so when I go home to see the family, there’s an abundance of delicious stone fruit and other goodies in the fridge and fruit bowl. And my Mum and I both have a thing for liquorice so there’s always some lying around for us. It’s a Christmas tradition.
Andrew Pap – PT and IsoWhey Sports Ambassador
Christmas is a time of celebrating with family and friends. I know it seems to be tradition to unbuckle the belt and consume as much food as possible, but, your waistline doesn’t have to be in jeopardy! I know for myself, I still maintain my training and a well-balanced diet as if it’s like any other time of the year.
My Christmas begins early in the morning, to train with friends! I create a monster session to kick-start the day and also our metabolisms. I find that good eating coincides with training; I never feel the urge to eat poorly once I’ve exerted myself during exercise.
My family and I like to prepare food that’s healthy, nutritious and fresh. I enjoy seafood, lean meats, creative salads and pastas. I visualise the food as my perfect recovery source for my mornings training and look forward to take the leftovers for future prepped meals.
If there happens to be an opportunity when delicious treats arise, I’m more than happy to enjoy and indulge myself, though I understand that everything in moderation is the key to longevity and success.
Belinda Reynolds, Dietician, Nutritionist and BioCeuticals Educator
Christmas is a time to be thankful and focus on wonderful times with the family and those that we love. It also often means lots of big meals enjoyed together, and therefore the stress of keeping it comp
letely clean shouldn’t spoil the fun – life is about balance.
In saying that, however, knowing that you are filling up on foods that are mostly good for you – such as lean protein and colourful vegetables – can help to keep you feeling well, and hence enjoying the time more. I aim to focus on healthy snacks and nibbles that include raw veggies and delicious healthy dips (e.g. cucumber, red capsicum, carrot and celery with pumpkin hummus and fresh mashed avocado) plus nuts and some great cheese as a treat. Meals focus on protein sources (e.g. prawns, smoked salmon, chicken, ham off the bone) and lots of great salads (my favourite is one made from lots of leafy greens, some roasted sweet potato, broccoli, quinoa and a caramelised balsamic dressing).
I always steer clear of breads and other sides which are high in refined carbohydrates. For dessert, I love dark chocolate, or cacao mixed in with coconut yoghurt, a little stevia for sweetness, strawberries and a superfood-type sprinkle (with nuts and seeds, coconut flakes and dried berries).
I can never say no to a nice glass of wine, but I stay well hydrated in the heat with lots of ice cold water. My children and I also love lots of watermelon in the summer, it’s delicious, a great source of hydration and a lovely dessert!