Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tips to fight the christmas bulge

If you know that you will be indulging at parties for the day/ night START with a good brekkie!!! Here are some suggestions:
  1. Wholemeal oats with fruit and prunes and sweetened with honey or maple syrup.
  2. Wholegrain toast with avocado, tomato and poached egg topped with spinach and generous dob of cottage cheese.

3. Make a muesli parfait - Start with fresh or frozen fruit, add a layer of Natural muesli pre-mixed with nuts, LSA, dried fruit and a good fibre mix, topped yogurt and more fruit.

When the celebration calls for BYO:
  • Bring a bottle of natural mineral water. The side effects of alcohol are a depletion of calcium, sodium, zinc and magnesium so COMBAT it with cool glasses of mineral water between cocktails to keep your electrolytes stable.
When at a big spread, you don't have to deprive yourself:
  • If there is fruit and fresh vege on offer make sure that you fill up on the good stuff, and just indulge a little in the delicious fatty foods and sweets;
  • Give yourself at least 20 minutes before going back for seconds - this is how long it takes for your stomach to register that you are full;
Healthy 'Must Haves' for your Christmas shopping list:
  • Cold, cold watermelon
  • Fresh lemons or limes to serve with ice cold water (and give your poor liver a little detox)
  • Dried figs, fruits and dates and fresh cold grapes to add to your cheese plates
  • Goats cheese - it is the healthy alternative to Bries and Camemberts
  • Unsalted fresh nuts as healthy protien nibbles
  • Fruit fruit fruit fruit fruit - looks colourful and fresh served on big platters and is so EASY to prepare. Eat before and after meals to flush away fat!
  • Lettuce Lettuce Lettuce - all sorts of lettuce and spinach - it is the basis of any quick, delicious salad to both entertain and nourish.

Can't get to a Sweat Depot class? Check out our upcoming 5 minute 'Hello Santa workout' blog that will keep you strong for your New Year return.

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