The cheat guide to Christmas

As I told you in my previous post, I gave birth 4 months ago. After gaining somewhere around 20 kilos during my pregnancy I couldn’t wait to go back to my “normal” self and lose all this extra weight.

The first 2 months, I started losing weight without any particular effort and then it stopped. This is when I decided to see a dietitian to help me find my own body back. I never really went on a diet before, I was simply balanced so I knew I needed to find someone who understood me and my new lifestyle. I heard about Mira through common friends and discovered her  account on instagram a little while ago (@thehealthquarters) and decided to take an appointment. 

I immediately liked the way she works and how she did not make crazy promises. She explained everything and gave me realistic expectations. I have been on a “diet” or more of a new healthy lifestyle for one month and a half now and I already feel great.  I still have a few kilos to lose but I know I’m on the right track. And the greatest thing is that I don’t feel I’m on a diet or frustrated and I’m so happy my old pre-pregancy jeans are fitting again!

I went to see Mira last week for a quick follow up and asked her how to manage the festive seasons without losing control. So here’s her cheat guide below. Hope you enjoy it!

A little intro to Mira before…

Mira Tueny is a dietitian and a smoking cessation practitioner holding a Master’s degree from Imperial College London in preventive cardiology which encompasses screening and lifestyle changes that needs to be adopted to prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Mira is recognized as SCOPE certified (specialist certification in obesity professional education) by the World Obesity Federation. After gaining valuable experience in renowned hospitals and healthcare centers in the UK and Lebanon, she founded The HealthQuarters in 2014 with the aim of creating a holistic environment. She works as a consultant for gyms, hotels, juice bars and food brands (Bjorg, Regilait, Elle & Vire,… ) She is a board member of the Lebanese Association of Medical Services for Addiction, a member of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO and a member of the European Society of Cardiology. 

You’ve waited all year for Christmas with its traditional yummy temptations, but there’s always a catch. How can you indulge without ruining all the efforts you’ve put into pursuing a healthy lifestyle? This guide will show you how to enjoy the holiday season while still feeling good about yourself.

Happy times are made of family time and delicious food. So keep your smile and your waistline intact by following the steps below:

  • Eat a healthy breakfast: Include proteins such as low fat cheese or eggs and at least one fruit or vegetable. This will help stage off hunger and prevent overeating high-calorie snacks while waiting for the big lunch or dinner to be served.
  • Don’t skip meals: Skipping lunch out of fear of exceeding your daily calorie intake will make you crave high calorie foods. Instead, have a light lunch and a snack in the afternoon such as nuts or fruits to take the edge off your hunger.
  • Scan before you serve: Faced with a buffet, resist the temptation to start filling your plate or to eat while standing where you are prone to graze mindlessly. Pause to look at all that’s on offer and decide on what you’re going to enjoy most and then help yourself to these and only these.
  • Load your plate with healthy options first such as salad: You can have some higher-calorie options when you’re ready for seconds and already somewhat full.
  • Have a cup of tea before dessert: Tea has loads of antioxidants, and the liquid will fill you up, making it less likely you will gorge on cake, pie and candy.
  • Clear the table: Dinner with our loved ones often means spending time around the table keeping us eating even if we’ve had enough. Instead, when everyone has finished eating, move into another room to continue building memorable moments.

The end of the year is full of opportunities to party. Enjoy the mood and have fun but don’t forget to sleep well as this is important to help improve weight control.

With so much going on at Christmas time, there’s no need to make your weight the focus of your life. If you follow the steps above, it’s enough to help you relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones and the meal you’ve prepared! After all, it’s the one time of the year when you deserve to be eating what you really crave.

 

picture sources: @taramilktea instagram and galemeetsglam.com

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