So it's not long until the big day. With it being the busiest time of the year, finding something healthy to eat can be a challenge whilst rushing around to finish the Christmas shopping.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks we've seen a reappearance on the shelves. That's right guys, the infamous Christmas Sandwiches. But festive foods can be quite indulgent and highly calorific, and in no way am I telling you to avoid them.
But mainly awareness of what is in the food you're eating. Calories are calories at the end of the day. They dictate if we are burning and losing weight, or putting on weight. If you're keen to stay in shape then watching your intake will come in useful.
So here's a few tips on how to still enjoy Christmas Food whilst still working towards your goals:
1. MAKE CONSCIOUS DECISIONS
We all know that around this time of the year that foods will be slightly more in the calories. But being mindful of the choices that you face will help keep you on track. There shouldn't be a 'Good' or 'Bad' decision it's all about making it fit with where you are at.
Now a classic one that has popped up this week is the typical 'Sandwich Lunch Grab'. Now like I said in my previous blog post, you should be enjoying this festive time as it only comes once a year. So go out and enjoy that Christmas sandwich but be aware of those hidden extras ;-)
So I've broken down A few Christmas Sandwiches for you to compare, so you are conscious into making the better choices to meet your goals. Starting with the higher calorie options first.
But remember, it's about being aware and making a better choice. The lower calorie options shown here are just as tasteful as the higher calorie options.
2. TAKE IT EASY, TAKE YOUR TIME
When it comes to eating and on the go, we don't always fully digest our foods. A funny saying I've heard come up a few times in my career is "You are what you eat". I disagree, I believe "You are what you DIGEST". It takes roughly 15/20 minutes for your digestive system to tell your brain that you are satiated. So take your time when chewing your food ;-)
When it comes down to the grand scheme of things. Enjoy the moment and take your time, we shall all be eating an excess of calories but just be present and enjoy it. Don't feel guilty, as long as you've worked hard in the gym, been active you will be fine. These sandwiches only come once a year, being prepared and being educated is far better than 'guessing'. Hope this has helped.