4 Good Reasons to Eat More Veggies this Xmas


It's that time of year again were we are faced with an abundance of chocolates, mince pies, savoury nibbles and other high calorie foods...

All just waiting to pile on the pounds.

So what can you do to reduce the habitual festive damage to your waistline?

Well, one thing is to eat more fruits and vegetables

Here are four good reasons to incorporate more fruits and veggies generally in your diet, not just for Xmas:

1. Reduces Hunger:

The high fibre and water content helps reduce hunger, keeping you fuller for longer and less likely to want to overindulge on the festive savoury and sweet temptations.

2. Weight Management:

Fruits and vegetables decrease the risk for obesity.

3. Nutrient Dense:

Fruits and vegetables contain vital vitamin, minerals and phytonutrients which provide the 'nuts and bolts' of all cellular processes in the body, including fat burning!

4. Live Longer:

2.7 million of deaths worldwide are attributable to low fruit and vegetable consumption.

Incorporating fruits and vegetables doesn't mean forsaking the festive favourites.

Instead, it's about striking a harmonious balance.

3 Tips for a Fruitful & Veggie-Filled Holiday Season:

1. Rainbow on Your Plate:

Aim for a diverse spectrum of colors, each indicative of unique nutrients and health benefits—colorful salads, roasted vegetable sides, or fruit-based desserts to complement and enhance the richness of your holiday table.

2. Creative Culinary Ventures:

Experiment with new recipes, such as fruit salads with a twist or vegetable-based casseroles, to infuse innovation into traditional feasts.

3. Snack Smart:

Keep a bowl of fresh fruits or cut veggies handy for quick, nutritious snacking options between lavish meals.

In summary:

The secret to navigating the holiday season without derailing your health goals is moderation and mindfulness.

Embrace the festive delights but remember to balance them with nutritious options and stay active to cherish the celebrations without compromising your waistline.

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful time!

If you'd like to discover a realistic, flexible and sustainable approach to healthy living then get in touch today and let me share with you how we achieve this in my Online Coaching Programme.

Ryan Phillips is a Personal Trainer in Brighton and an Online Fitness Coach Worldwide, and has been helping clients from all walks of life and from all over the world take control of their health and fitness since 2004.