Tis the season to be jolly, but remember it’s also the season for getting into your bathers!

December 17, 2012 BY: LISA

The word for Christmas and the summer period is all about BALANCE, don’t expect to be perfect but on the other hand don’t expect to go crazy and eat and drink whatever you want without consequences!

Get Physical: It’s a great idea to keep active over the summer months as this helps with weight maintenance as well as maintaining or improving your fitness levels however don’t make the mistake of thinking that because you are exercising you can eat whatever you want because unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.

Here is the balance again: keep active and make good food decisions. This means planning to have some of the foods you love but not going overboard or thinking of some healthier and tasty options.

This is how five Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) will be ‘going fresh’ this festive season:

  1. Go red: I always put a big bowl of cherries in the middle of the table as pre-dinner nibbles. It’s a much healthier choice than chocolate or candy canes and everyone loves them. Melanie McGrice (VIC)
  2. Be a savvy swapper: Swap party pies and spring rolls for sushi or mini gourmet sandwiches, made with lean meat, shredded lettuce, grated carrot and sliced tomato. Clare Collins (NSW)
  3. Go nutty: Have a plate of nuts in their shells (such as almonds, pistachios or walnuts) for family and friends to snack on. The cracking of the nuts helps with portion control too. Catherine Itsiopoulos (VIC)
  4. Fruity flavour: Have a big fruit salad as an option for dessert. It’s a light and refreshing alternative to traditional Christmas pudding. Maria Packard (QLD)
  5. Get inspired: I love to go to my local farmers markets during the festive season. It makes me appreciate the wonderful produce our country has to offer, and the people who produce it. Sonya Stanley (SA).

Four easy swaps from the Dietitians Association of Australia for Christmas day:

  • Nibbles: Swap four squares of chocolate for two chocolate-coated strawberries. Save 300KJ and 3.4g fat.
  • At lunch: Swap one cup of pasta salad made with creamy dressing for a cup of coleslaw with fat-free dressing. Save 1,350KJ and 21g fat.
  • For dessert: Swap a large (100g) piece of Christmas pudding for a small (50g) piece with half a cup of blueberries. Save 420KJ and 3.5g fat.
  • Drinks: Swap a regular can of soft drink for a large glass of sparkling water with lemon or lime slices. Save 675KJ and eight teaspoons of sugar.

Enjoy the season and come out the other end feeling happy and looking great!

Lisa (APD)

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