How to Stay Healthy this Diwali
Kcal's Head Nutritionist Laura Smith on how to eat right this festive season
Here's how to look and feel great this Diwali:
WORK IT OUT
"Staying active will help you feel good even if you indulge, so why not start your day with a run on the beach? Now that the weather is cooler, an early morning run is a great way to kick-start your metabolism, meaning you'll burn off all that festive food more effectively. Taking the time to exercise will also help you unwind and have some 'me time' in between parties."
START OFF SAINTLY
"Instead of heading straight for the calorie and fat-laden side dishes, choose some lean meat with vegetables for your first plateful. By the time you're ready for second helpings, you'll be less likely to overindulge in those higher calorie options. And remember that the slower you eat, the more time your brain has to register how much you've already taken in and then the less calories you're likely to consume."
"It's easy to get carried away with party nibbles so don't go to events hungry. Before you head out, pile your plate with plenty of vegetables and some wholegrains for slow-release energy, topped off with a portion of protein to keep hunger at bay.
DON'T EAT ON YOUR FEET
"With the party season full of brunches and buffets, it's easy to mindlessly nibble on everything that's on offer. Make sure you sit down instead to properly savour your food and you'll end up eating less and enjoying the flavours more."
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