The silly season is coming... - Cambridge Weight Plan
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November 23, 2018
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December 17, 2018

The silly season is coming…

It is that time of the year where we get busy socialising, going to Christmas events, New Years celebrations, it’s a time where celebrating can revolve around food and drinking.

Most Australians can relate to increase in their waist line when the New Year rolls around, on average Australians gain 1-2kg over the Christmas period. One to two kilograms might not sound like much but research has shown that weight gained over the holiday period is rarely lost. Weight gained during holiday seasons usually occurs around the waistline, weight gain in this area is associated with an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It’s the time of year when it’s so easy to indulge – a mince pie, a glass of wine, a handful of chocolates.

Being on plan during this time can seem daunting but the best advise is to adjust your mindset, if you are attending social events over the next month set yourself up to attend with a positive attitude, if you are negative and convinced you are missing out, you may just do that. Choose to have a positive attitude with perspective and focus. Rather than focusing on what you can’t have, remember to focus on your goals, enjoy spending time with family and friends, take time before each event to get you into a positive mindset to make good choices.

Here are some foods to enjoy or avoid:

Foods to Enjoy (in moderation)

  • Vegetable sticks, rice crackers
  • Hummus, beetroot, tzatziki,
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches, quiches
  • Fruit salad with yoghurt

Foods to Limit

  • Creamy dips
  • Pies, sausage rolls, spinach triangles
  • Chips, corn chips
  • Lollies, candy canes, chocolates
  • Cakes and slices with cream

 

Alcohol

Avoiding alcohol whilst on plan is preferable, drinking alcohol (1 or 2 standard drinks a day) may add to the enjoyment of your festive events, but over-consuming alcohol can lead to weight gain.

If you choose to drink (please discuss with your consultant first):

  • Watch your serving size. Restaurants often serve wine in glasses that are three times the standard serve.
  • Be careful with top-ups. Topping up your glass can lead to you losing count of the amount you have been drinking. Finish one glass before accepting a top-up.
  • Alternate your drinks. Alternate one alcoholic drink with one non-alcoholic drink such as water.

 

 

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