I am on a super healthy high-carb low-fat plant-based diet for 11 months of the year. Then December is coming and all the Christmas cookies, the baking sessions, and gingerbread. Not to mention the chocolates, truffles, and rich desserts. Here are a few tips and tricks that help you not to go completely overboard because you might have the same problem like me (I bet you have 😏).
Indulge yourself with citrus fruits
Citrus fruits are never cheaper than now. Oranges, pomelos, tangerines…. go and grab them. Citrus fruits are sweet and delicious and high in vitamins and phytonutrients but have a very low caloric density. Make a fruit platter every day and peel twice as much as you would normally eat. You can not overeat on citrus fruit, and you satisfy your sweet cravings at the same time.
Crack nuts yourself
There is not Christmas time without nuts. Buy whole nuts and crack them one by one. It’s fun, and you won’t stuff yourself up thoughtlessly.
Switch to whole grains
Whole grains are high in fiber and increase satiety. They also result in lower blood sugar levels – the lower your blood sugar level, the lower your insulin level. Insulin is the only hormone that leads to the storage of fat, therefore a low insulin level prevents weight gain. Brown or black rice, whole grain noodles,steel cut oats, quinoa, bulgur or other fiber-rich grains help you to keep your weight.
Eat a big salad every single day
During Christmas time you are going to eat more than you need. Eat a big bowl of salad every day to increase satiety and prevent overeating. With a big salad in your belly, you might eat only five cookies instead of 10. Chose seasonal vegetables like red cabbage, chicory or whatever.
Indulge in a cup of sugar-free Cacao
Satisfy sweet cravings with a cup of hot, steaming cacao, made with a high-quality cacao powder and a calorie-free sweetener like erythritol or stevia.
Substitute sugar with erythritol in baking
In contrast to other calorie-free sweeteners, erythritol can be used in the same way as sugar. It tastes a bit different and if you are not used to it, substitute sugar only partially with erythritol (50/50).
Do not snack all the time
Reserve gingerbread and cookies for the weekend. Sweets are something special, and you are looking much more forward to cookies and biscuits when you eat them only during the four weekends in Advent. Stop stuffing yourself with all those treats outright after Christmas.
Think about a juice fasting day
Sometimes it’s not possible to refrain from sweets because you might get invitations from friends and family and you don’t want to be rude because they spent all day in the kitchen baking your favorite cookies. Then it might be a good choice to do a juice fast once a week to make up for the extra calories.
You definitely want to avoid oils during Christmas time apart from baking. Oil is the food with the highest possible caloric density – 900 calories per 100 g or 90 calories per tablespoon. If you want to compensate for extra calories, skip the oil.
What are your tips and tricks to stick to a healthy diet during Christmas time and to not put on extra weight? Let me know in the comments below; I would love to hear from you 😘😘.