10 Tips to Help Brides-To-Be Beat the Christmas Bloat

10 Dec 2015

Christmas often results in us piling on the pounds. If watching your weight and staying healthy for your big day is high on your agenda, read these top 10 tips

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Ah Christmas. Turkey, mince pies, Christmas pudding, brandy butter… probably one of the only times of year where most forget about diets and indulge, then buy a gym membership a month later after realising the place those mince pies went to was the waistline.

Christmas often means piling on the pounds, with some statistics claiming that we gain up to five during the holiday…ouch!

Yet there are some ways to keep an eye on what you eat over Christmas without losing out on festive fun, particularly if slimming for a wedding is high on the bridal agenda.

Here are 10 tips for staying healthy over Christmas from Sam Benjamin of No.G: Too Good to Be Gluten Free, makers of gluten-free foods.

Sam says:
“We’re all guilty of over-indulging over the festive period but with these tips you can still embrace the Christmas treats without increasing your waistline.”

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1. Sugar
Get rid of sweet cravings by swapping sugary treats for a low-calorie hot chocolate. Guilt-free and still delicious.

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Pavel Badrtdinov

2. Exercise
Skip a ‘
Home Alone’ movie marathon and make the most of family time with a festive walk instead. A brisk, 30-minute walk will burn off 200 calories.

3. Gluten
Beat the bloat and embrace gluten-free options. Many celebrities have endorsed the diet, reporting a positive impact on digestion, mood and general wellbeing.

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Elisabet Dominguez

4. Sleep
Adopt hibernating habits and say no to late night partying. Catching up on some ZZZs will improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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Rhianon Lassila

5. Alcohol
Fend off the hangover, and the calories, by switching to non-boozy cocktails. Or stick to lower calorie drinks, such as gin and slim-line tonic (drink responsibly!)

6. Sanitise
Christmas often brings an unwanted gift – the flu virus. Keep your hands clean by frequently washing or sanitising them and ensure nasty germs are kept at bay.

7. Turkey
Embrace tradition and have turkey for your Christmas dinner. It’s leaner than other meats,
high in protein, naturally gluten-free and has low saturated fat content, making it the perfect choice.

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Nate Mueller

8. Desserts
Christmas pudding is full of fibre, B vitamins, potassium, iron and calcium making it a
relatively guilt- free dessert (just make sure you stick to one portion). Or knock the lid off your mince
pie to lose a third of its calories.

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9. Breakfast
Trade buck’s fizz and croissants for a more nutritional alternative. Smoked salmon
and poached eggs or a bowl of hearty porridge will keep you satisfied until dinner is served.

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Nirzar Pangarkar

10. Cleanse
Reduce your consumption of pasteurised fruit juices and swap to cold-pressed alternatives. Cold-pressed juices give you a higher content of vitamins and antioxidants, without having to consume as much.

www.toogoodtobeglutenfree.com