The festive season doesn't have to be a case of 'all or nothing' when it comes to our diet. Here are our top tips for eating well in the run-up to Christmas.

1) Keep your plate balanced

It can be full, but opt for more of the non-starchy vegetables (sprouts anyone?) and less of the roast potatoes and parsnips.

2. Avoid overstocking your cupboards with festive foods

It's easy to get carried away with all of the delights on offer, but ask yourself: do you really need them? People tend to panic buy in bulk, but the shops are still open for most of the Christmas period!

Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger and will turn to the mince pies and sausage rolls to fill the gap

3. Practise mindful eating

In other words, slow down, sense your senses and savour your food and drink; don’t wolf it down without it even touching the sides. If you’re going to indulge in something, then make sure you really enjoy it.

4. Prepare for Christmas parties

Don’t go hungry; fill at least some of your plate with crudités and colourful foods and go easy on the ‘beige’ food; and stand away from the buffet table – if you’re next to it, you’re more likely to pick at the food without even realising!

5. Get in the kitchen

Although it’s easier to buy shop-bought cakes, puddings, etc., they are often laden with sugar and other additives. If you have time and prepare well, by making your own you can control what goes in and the amount of sugar you add.

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