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Five Ways to Eat Healthily at Christmas

There's a reason why gyms are rammed in January - and it's simply because we all let our hair down and pile up our plates over Christmas.

But here at Chemist.co.uk, we say there's no better time than now to begin eating healthily. After all, your local fitness centre really will be heaving in the New Year, so why not put some work in now and you may not have to hit the gym so hard in the first week or two of 2019?

Here are five, simple ways you can curb your appetite and make healthy choices at Christmas.

Swap Cookies and Milk for Something a Little Lighter

True, it may be your family tradition to chow down on cookies on Christmas Eve, but there's nothing wrong with meddling with tradition a little. The same goes for leaving a mince pie out for the big man...just tell the kids he's on a diet this year and would prefer a tangerine!

Break with old habits and introduce some new ones to your household. You could even make your own cookies; we like the healthier cookie/biscuit recipes seen here.

Pile on the Veggies!

So, you may want to limit your roast potatoes, but other vegetables - including Brussels sprouts - are fair game when you're eating healthily. Go easy on the Yorkshire puddings and pigs in blankets, too - the latter may be small, but they pack a lot of calories into their modest-size, parcel-shaped forms.

Skip the Full English

Again, it may be tradition to have that full English breakie on Christmas morning, but as well as the fact that it takes a while to throw together, it contains far more calories than, say, a healthy granola and yoghurt. Your chosen breakfast can still be tasty - just make sure you pack in lots of festive flavours.

Choose Spirits Over Beer

The biggest culprit when it comes to weight gain over the festive season is alcohol, but you can make 'healthier' choices - and we use the term 'healthy' loosely, of course.

Go for a Slimline tonic with gin, over a beer or Guinness, for example, topping up with more tonic than gin if you go for the latter. Use smaller glasses for things like wine and beer, if you must have them; that way, you may just trick yourself into thinking you're having more than you actually are. It's the little things, eh?

By really considering what you're drinking, you may also be inclined to drink much less - which brings another bonus: no hangover!

Go Steady on the Buffet!

When there's more food choices - think, small, tempting, bite-sized buffet food - it makes sense that you'll cram more onto your plate. After all, you'll want to try one of everything, won't you? So, when it comes to that big, festive buffet, only fill up your plate as much as you might usually on a standard evening at home. Be careful what you're adding to it, too. If you opt to fill up half of your plate with salad, for example, you'll be saving yourself quite a few extra calories.

Eating more healthily at Christmas doesn't make it any less enjoyable. When you're with your family and friends, what you're stuffing your faces with might even be irrelevant. So, start small and try just one or two of these tips, building up to adding the rest in when or if you'd like to.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately. The tips listed in this article are meant to be suggestions and should not be substitutes for medical advice.

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