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Christmas recipes with a difference

There are lots of Christmas recipe on my Nutri Natters blog, including a delicious and light Christmas pudding and mince pies – both with gluten-free versions, a luxurious and nutty vegetarian Christmas roast that even dedicated carnivores will like and ways to jazz up Christmas vegetables.


Healthy weight loss for 2014

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Beat the Christmas Bulge

Have you noticed how a few extra indulgences at Christmas can leave you several pounds heavier in January? Follow the simple guidelines below to help you sail through the festivities feeling more energetic, healthier and lighter. Feel free to share this information with your friends and loved ones.
  • During the party season eat before you go out - this simple step will prevent you from overindulging on party food and alcohol.
  • Speaking of alcohol, choose a smaller glass, pace yourself and make every other drink a glass of water or a soft drink.
  • Good choices from the party buffet table include olives, smoked salmon, cheese, nuts, salads and meats. Begin with a small plate of food -you can always go back for more if you still feel hungry.
  • On Christmas Day make sure you have a good breakfast – oat-based, eggs or a home made smoothie of yoghurt, fruit and ground seeds (add some Christmas spices for a festive twist) are good choices. With your appetite satisfied, you won’t be tempted to nibble on so many sugar-laden goodies.
  •  The traditional Christmas dinner of turkey and loads of vegetables is very healthy. Just watch portion sizes and cut down on the gravy and roasties (or have a few boiled new potatoes instead).
  • Sugar-free Christmas puddings are available  (see my blog link in the left-hand column for a light and fruity pudding to make at home), or choose an exotic fruit salad with a dash of cream. 
  • It’s the extra carbs!  Reduce the amount of refined, starchy carbohydrates you eat – think sugar, white pasta, cakes, biscuits, sugary drinks, white rice, bread, processed foods, including many breakfast cereals. When we take in more than our body needs for energy the excess is stored as fat.
  • Walk it off – Wrap up warm in your new Christmas woollies and go out for a stroll with a companion or two. The exercise will help to lift your spirits and give you the  energy boost you need to tackle the washing up!
Put yourself to the top of your “to do” list in 2014 and book yourself a nutritional therapy consultation to transform your health in the New Year. See my web site for more information.
It has been a great pleasure working with many of you this year and seeing how you have achieved your goals of better health through personalised nutritional advice.  I look forward to seeing old and new clients in 2014.

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year,


Rita Carmichael
DipION,FdSC, MBANT, CNHC Registered Practitioner
Nutritional Therapist and Metabolic Balance® coach


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