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Tips for a healthier approach to the festive season

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying some extra food and drink over Christmas, but you don’t have to end a year of healthy living with weeks of over indulgence either. We’ve got some ideas to help you find that healthy balance through December.

Let’s be honest, most of us can get a little carried away with our consumption at this time of year. The weather’s fine, your children and grandchildren are relishing the holidays, and life in retirement feels great!

Only a scrooge would deny you a nibble on summer favourites and Christmas classics like sausage sandwiches, lamingtons, pudding, or a roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings. And not much beats a cold beer or glass of bubbly at a family BBQ on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. 

But at the same time, overdoing it can lead to just a tinge of regret. Here are some tips for a healthier approach to the festive season. 


The easiest way to stay healthy this holiday period – without sacrificing those guilty pleasures completely – is by remembering the art of moderation.

Is that second (or third) trip to the buffet absolutely necessary? Do you need to have your cake and eat another dessert too?

As far as alcohol is concerned, why not slow down and limit yourself to the recommended amount or less? The chances are you’ll feel better and enjoy the social side of summer even more. 


With a massive increase in the range of low-percentage and alcohol-free alternatives to beer and wine now readily available, you’re likely to be spoilt for choice when stocking the fridge at home or heading out to the local.

And since the market for these beverages is getting more and more competitive, the quality of products being produced is also on the rise. You might even find it hard to tell the difference from the real thing.

You’ve also got the option of low-carb beers and sugar-free carbonated beverages. Drinking socially has never been better for you!  


A balanced diet goes a long way. Fortunately, there’s so much more to Christmas cuisine in Australia than plate-loads of meats and sweets.

Don’t forget to sink your teeth into plenty of fresh produce – from seasonal fruit and veg or gourmet salads to all types of quality seafood. Popular ingredients and dishes include apricots, bananas, berries, melons, mangoes, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, avocado and beetroot.

And when it comes to non-vegetarian dishes, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on some delicious Australian king prawns!


When you do treat yourself to a nice big lunch or dinner, it’s worth making time for a nice big walk as well.

This is a great way to burn off some calories and generally shake the lethargic feeling that can set in after you’ve eaten a huge meal.

Try making a concerted effort to exercise before plonking yourself down on the couch for some thoroughly deserved rest and relaxation.