4 week countdown to Christmas

Christmas dinner

Today marks one month until Christmas Eve, and for us at Valley Leisure the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. But as we all know, throughout the next month we will be bombarded with adverts showcasing all of our festive favourites; from mince pies to pigs in blankets…tis the season of temptation.

Contrary to popular belief, just because its Christmas does not mean you have to stuff yourself silly; but how can you get the tastes and treats of Christmas without ending up looking like the big guy in the red suit? Here are some tips for keeping off the pounds this Christmas.

Let’s start with breakfast. We’re all partial to a croissant while we open our presents, but this quick fix can leave you hungry and digging into the chocolate box at 10am. Breakfast is, and is likely to remain, the most important meal of the day so just because its Xmas doesn’t mean you can scrimp out on it. Try having porridge with festive flavours cinnamon, honey and apple; porridge not only stabilises blood sugar, but it also controls your appetite later in the day meaning that you won’t be cramming an extra three roast potatoes in.

It is almost guaranteed that in a couple of weeks we will all be sat at home with a glass of bubbly watching yet another re-run of the Father Ted Christmas special whilst dipping our fingers into a bowl of luxury crisps. Instead you could opt for cinema favourite, popcorn, as it only has 93 calories per serving! (Serving = 3 cups)

Now for the sweet stuff and in the wise words of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Xmas favourite ‘Jingle all the Way’ “PUT THAT COOKIE DOWN!” Seriously. If you have a sweet tooth to satisfy, we suggest that you have a go at making your own treats. Why not try making your own mince pies with a thinner pastry crust and double the currents, or try and make this spiced fruit loaf – a slightly healthier version of a traditional Christmas cake. We found a great recipe that can be found here!

And finally, know your limits; it’s time to stop eating when you need to unbutton your trousers. A final tip would be to leave the drinking until dinner time it’s rarely a merry Christmas when you end up falling asleep on the sofa at 4pm.



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