• Buy small: Do you really need that enormous tin of Quality Street? Buy a box to share with visitors instead.
  • Cook for people: Only bake that enormous batch of mince pies if you know you have visitors coming. Otherwise you’ll end up eating loads more than you need to!
  • Be choice wise: When at a party with a buffet, pick three things you’d like to eat most and take a few of each. Wait 10 minutes before loading up your plate.
  • Healthier alternatives: It may be bordering on sacrilege to say it, but maybe roast those potatoes in olive oil rather than goose fat. It’s even helpful to serve Christmas pudding or Christmas cake, rather than both!
  • Use smaller plates: Don’t use cereal bowls for puddings or huge platters for dinner. Use smaller and you’ll eat less, even though you’ve still had a full bowl or plate. Don’t overload your plate and wait 10 minutes to see if you’re still hungry before going back for seconds.
  • Send food parcels: Ask guests to bring Tupperware and ensure that everyone goes home with a little something. They’ll be grateful for the leftovers on Boxing Day and you won’t be left to eat everything that’s left.

And just be thankful you’re not living in Puritan times – Oliver Cromwell passed a law that made the last Wednesday of every month a fast day. And guess when Christmas Day falls this year…!

If you’d like to give your diet a healthy overhaul over the holidays, you can book a Nutritional Therapy appointment with Julie, contact us on 02083326184.