Dietitians Share Their Tips On Not Overdoing The Christmas Cheer

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Ever wondered how dietitians approach Christmas, what they eat, and how they get through the festive season with their health intact?

According to the Dietitians Association of Australia, enjoying food and connecting with loved ones are the key ingredients for a healthy balance over the Christmas period.

Accredited Practising dietitian Gabrielle Maston says Christmas Day in her family is any enjoyable food feast, but knows her limit.

“We start the day with a hearty breakfast and sit around the dining table catching up, telling jokes and having a good time,” she said.

“I’m mindful to choose foods I really enjoy, rather than eating everything to excess.”

To achieve a healthy balance, Accredited Practising Dietitian Milly Smith likes a variety of foods.

“I serve myself a small amount of different things and stop when I’m full,” she said.

“I feel better when I enjoy everything in moderation.”

Accredited Practising Dietitian Lisa Donaldson said her family has the best of both worlds, with a mix of traditional and modern Christmas food.

Theres’s something for everyone, from her Mum’s roast, to seafood and salads, and for dessert, pavlova and her sister’s trifle.

But no matter the meal, all agree Christmas is a time for celebration with family and friends.

“Although the food is always a highlight, it’s the eating, sharing and laughing with loved ones that means the most to me,” Ms Donaldson said.

Hit Newsroom

2 January 2018

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