Nutrition Tip | The festive season

The festive season is a great time to celebrate with friends and family. With numerous social events popping up throughout December it’s easy to eat and drink more than you normally would. Come 1 January you may find your belt is getting a little tighter! - on average, Australians gain 0.8-1.5kg over the Christmas period!  Here are some tips to help you maintain your weight this festive season:

• Avoid going to functions hungry. Having a healthy snack before you leave the house can help control your appetite and prevent overeating when you’re out. Healthy snacks include a tub of low fat yoghurt, a serve of fruit, a handful of nuts, or even a salad sandwich

• Beware large portions! If your willpower is weak and you know you will want to finish everything in front of you, use a small plate instead of a regular dinner plate. This will help you avoid the temptation of eating more than you need

• Heading out for a meal? Have a look online at the restaurant’s menu so you can take your time making a healthy choice before you go

• Before each social gathering, set appropriate limits for yourself about how much you’ll drink.  It’s also a good idea to alternate alcoholic drinks with water. This is especially important on a hot day, or at an outdoor function, to prevent dehydration

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