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Nutrition Tips For a Healthy Happy Christmas

So it’s December and Christmas is around the corner…of course, that means throwing all our healthy eating and hard work out the window and consuming to our heart’s content…or does it?

As many of us are aware, it’s very easy to dive into the box of chocolates, have the extra few drinks and indulge in the extra calories, sending us into a food coma…we’ve all been there right?… But didn’t you feel a little bit guilty?

Unfortunately, it’s so easy to consume the added calories and sugar resulting in inevitable weight gain and soooo much harder to lose it afterwards. It’s a lot of work I tell you. For instance, you have to burn 3,500kcal to lose 1 pound of fat!!

So enjoy your Christmas of course and have the odd treat but keep the following in mind.

  • There’s approximately 289kcal in a minced pie (100g)
  • In a portion of Christmas pudding with brandy butter (100g) there’s approximately 330kcal
  • In 3 wrapped chocolate sweets (33g) 160 kcal
  • What about the drinks?…1 average draft pint of beer (approx. 182kcal), 1 large 250ml glass of red wine (170kcal)

As a nutritionist, I love my food too but it’s all about moderation and being realistic.

If you know you are going to have indulged a little maybe go for a hard work out and burn some energy so you have a little more to spare and remember to

  • Slow down when you’re eating to give your body a chance to establish that it’s full –giving 20 minutes after finishing your meal before deciding to go for seconds or dessert. There’s nothing worse than feeling over full
  • Be realistic in terms of alcohol, not alone does it leave you ‘fuzzyheaded’ but it’s got those additional calories too (see my blog on Christmas Party Recovery Tips…wink).
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to help with digestion


 (Please remember to drink responsibly)


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A farmer’s daughter from Tipperary, Laurann has always had an appreciation for food, nutrition and health promotion.

Laurann has an honours BSc. Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from University College Dublin. She is also an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society London.

With a passion for nutrition and experience working in Ireland and the UK,  Laurann uses her knowledge and skills to help people achieve optimum health and assists in the prevention and treatment of nutritional related problems through means of nutritional consultation, personalised diet plans, health promotion and education.

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Laurann has an Honours BSc. Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Nottingham, a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from University College Dublin, is an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society London, a professional member of the Celiac Society Ireland, is registered with the Institute of Public Health Ireland and fully insured.

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