Eating clean and healthy over Christmas sounds like an impossible feat, but it’s not. The festivities don’t have to take a toll on your waistline or health, or the health of that of your family.  Everything starts with breakfast, and one composed of oatmeal with blueberries and Manouka honey or scrambled eggs with spinach and goat cheese, for example, is packed with ample amounts of nutrients. Having breakfast regulates blood sugar levels, while stemming the urge to overindulge during the Christmas lunch.

 When it comes to the feast itself, replace traditional sausage-filled stuffing with lighter alternatives such as mushrooms or leeks, or skip the stuffing altogether and indulge in delicious rosemary baked potatoes instead. Serve less gravy with your roast turkey, and limit the bread rolls. Steam vegetables and skip the butter. Opt for starters like homemade pumpkin soup, salads or pan-roasted salmon. Calorie-laden treats like eggnog, candy cane lollipops, cookies, mince pies and chocolate truffles can easily be kept at a minimum or replaced with healthier options. But, depriving yourself completely of sweet treats may not be the best idea either, as this may lead to a sugar-crazed, unbridled binge later on.  Fruit tarts filled with winterberries for example, are a good alternative to the Christmas log and jam-packed with anti-oxidants.

 Staying healthy requires oodles of planning. It starts with having a good fitness and diet regime prior to the holidays, and if you don't have one, start making little changes to your diet and fitness schedule now, so that by Christmas, you will already have a set routine. Drink in moderation, by counting drinks and setting a target. Bare in mind that a single glass of wine has 89 calories, and drinking further inhibits your judgment, making it harder to pass up junk food. Pace your alcohol intake by drinking water between alcoholic drinks.  Above all, stay safe. Don't drink and drive!

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