The festive season is just around the corner and for some people that means feasting on rich, hearty meals and sweet treats, followed by regrets and unwanted weight gain.  While people may think that indulging in food and drink during this period is not such a big deal because ‘it only happens once a year’, damage can be done.

A table filled with all kinds of food and treats is enough to get anyone out of a healthy lifestyle.  So, it is very important to still practice the principles of eating well this festive season.

Everyone deserves to have a fun-filled and guilt-free Christmas which is why Gert Coetzee, Pharmacist and Diet pioneer who founded The Diet Everyone Talks About is committed to helping you enjoy your break while managing your weight.

Here are a few hints & tips that can help you enjoy the festive season without having to worry.

  1. Be consistent with vegetable intake

Vegetables are known to have all the necessary vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need.  If you’re planning to host a party, include vegetables as snacks (vegetable tray) or as part of your main meal.

  1. Say ‘no’ to carbs

The next time you reach out for French fries, a cupcake or chips, remember that these all contain carbohydrates which contribute to weight gain.  Rather snack on biltong and nuts.  There are also low carb and carb free treats these days at places like Woolworths or Nuts About You stores.

  1. Don’t focus on the food

Social gatherings are about more than just the food and refreshments.  Try to take part in fun games and activities with your family and friends in order for you to take the focus off the food.

  1. Watch your portion size

If you don’t have the will power and you feel that you will want to finish everything on your plate, it’s better to use a smaller salad/side plate instead of a dinner plate to dish up.  This will help you eat less.

  1. Eat before you leave the house

Avoid going to a party or social gathering on an empty stomach.  A light healthy snack such as a handful of nuts and biltong or some raw vegetables with a light dip or a healthy smoothie will help keep you satisfied long enough for you to think about what you’re going to eat at the party.

You can also try this marvellous recipe from The Diet Everyone Talks About “Eat Slim/Eet Slim” recipe book.  This can be made in advance and kept in the fridge to snack on.

Moulded Chicken Loaf

Portions:  10-12 (slices each)

Prep time:  20 min

CHD:  0.1 g per portion

kJ:  154 kJ

Ingredients

1 Medium sized chicken / 4 – 6 chicken breasts

25 ml Gelatine

200 ml Mayonnaise (ordinary Kraft)

50 ml Lemon Juice

1 – 2 Celery Sticks

To taste:  Salt and freshly ground black pepper.

125 ml Cream, whisk until stiff

Method

  1. Cook chicken until soft.  Keep 125 ml of the liquid aside.

Debone and remove the skin.  Chop

  1. Melt the gelatine in the 125 ml lukewarm chicken stock
  2. Fold all the ingredients into the chicken
  3. Spoon into a prepared mould (rinsed with a mixture of 250 ml ice water and 30 ml oil)
  4. Leave to set in refrigerator
  5. Remove from mould and garnish with tomato wedges and cucumber

For more information about The Diet Everyone Talks About, and where it is offered in your area visit www.the-diet.co.za or call 016 362 4890.