Eating well in the festive period
With Christmas soon to be upon us, what can we do to eat mindfully and sustainably at a time when we're cost conscious?
In this month's blog, we take a look at some simple ways to eat better during what can be a tricky time of the year - whilst still maintaining festive cheer!
Firstly, where possible, plan your plate. Try and make sure at least half of your plate is filled with vegetables and think about the other types of food you like to eat before sitting down. Avoid piling your plate high - you can always go back for more. Sit away from treats and take your time to savour each bite and enjoy the flavours.
Don't underestimate the power of home cooking, the team at Chef Yogis say "Cook fresh and eat fresh. Cooking what you need will help you to control the portion and at the same time reduce food wastage, keep you healthy by consuming freshly cooked food and it will also save cost. Eating fresh produce will boost your immune system and will keep you healthy and happy." This also gives you the opportunity to cook vegetables with skins on - sealing in the most nutrients - and minimising food waste.
If you're going out for dinner, see if you can check the menu beforehand to plan a healthier option and see whether you can adjust what you are eating throughout the day ahead of the meal.
As well as making sure you eat well, don't forget to make sure you move regularly - be that formal exercise classes or a daily walk. This can help your frame of mind as well as improving your physical health.
At this time of the year, there are plenty of sweet treats to tempt us - both at home and in the office, so see if you can divide these out with friends or family or opt for a smaller portion.
Finally, make sure that you keep well hydrated throughout the day, particularly if drinking caffeinated drinks or alcohol.
Do you have any other tips which you'd like to share? If so, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org we'd love to hear from you!