How to Survive Christmas: Facing Social Events, Eating Out and Temptations

“Food, glorious food! We’re anxious to try it, 3 banquets a day, our favourite diet.” Is it just me or does anyone else feels like Oliver Twist when faced with delicious food at Christmas?

Christmas is such a celebratory time of year and for some people, it may feel like you a celebrating for a whole month leading up to this one day. This can cause stress and anxiety when presented with an abundance of food at social events and work parties leading up to Christmas.

Firstly, it is important to highlight that is okay to allow yourself one day of the year to enjoy food without feeling guilt or regret and to let go of any “rules.”  We also understand that you may not want to undo all the hard work that you have put in to lose weight. So here are some ‘Smart Eating Tips’ to survive the silly season.

Smart Eating Tips:

  • Choose fresh whole foods where possible.
  • Fill your plate with lean meats, followed by fresh fruit/vegetables/salads.
  • Ask for sauces/dips/spreads on the side of your plate rather than covering your meal.
  • Instead of choosing meal deals with chips and a soft drink/alcoholic drink – choose healthier sides such as salad, wholegrain bread roll.
  • Pre-plan your day ahead.  Include your normal snacks in your day leading up to your event, to minimise overeating when faced with unhealthy foods. 
  • Remember to eat mindfully. Tune into your hunger. Ensure you are enjoying what you are eating. Focus on the taste, texture and smell of your meals, avoid picking and grazing leading up to your meal and after your meal.
  • Make sure you are reaching your fluid intake for the day leading up to any events. Dehydration can also be mistaken for hunger and may cause you to overeat.  
  • If drinking alcohol, ensure you have 1 glass of water to every glass/bottle of alcohol.

To your wellness,
Isabella Maimone
Accredited Practising Dietitian at WLSA.