Victorian Institute of Sport

Nutrition Tip | Christmas season!

Monday, 02 December 2019

December seems to come around quicker every year!!  And as the Christmas tree goes up, the parties start.

While the festive season is a great time to celebrate with friends and family, it can be a tricky time to maintain your nutrition goals. This can be particularly challenging if it’s a key time in your training or competition schedule.

Here are some tips to help you manage all the Christmas parties...

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

• Beware large portions! If your will power 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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