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Christmas Survival Guide

Updated: Apr 4

How can you have a great time without either depriving yourself or putting on lots of weight? 

This Christmas Survival Guide will give you some ideas for what to avoid and what fabulous healthy and delicious choices you can make in order for you to look good and feel healthy in January!

The fundamentals:

Don't try to diet over the festive period Set a maintenance goal instead. This is more realistic and much more achievable. This will give you the freedom to enjoy yourself without the feelings of deprivation or the pressure to rebel.

Normal routine tends to go out the window! However, make sure you don’t forget about yourself and still take the time to plan your food. That way, you will still have the right choices in the house and it will be much easier for you to succeed. If you have a specific health goal, it is a shame to fail just because you don't have the right foods to hand. This is so easy to avoid just by giving it a few minutes thought and preparation.

Don't go to a party hungry. If you do, if will be harder to make healthy choices.

Make good alcohol choices Avoid creamy or sweet drinks. Try to drink with food as this will reduce the impact of alcohol (and sugar) on your blood stream

Try and continue with your exercise programme If your usual classes aren’t running, choose other options instead e.g.brisk walks with friends and family.

Be gentle with yourself If you do happen to overindulge, do enjoy whatever you are indulging in and get back on track afterwards.

Drink plenty of water This will encourage you not to overeat and will also improve how you feel the next day.

Watch your portion sizes Particularly fast-release carbohydrates like starchy carbs and sugar.

Remember to have fun!


Encourage the family to get out in the fresh air with you for a morning walk - it’s a great way to start the day and spend quality family time together too.

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