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Indulging without bingeing: a festive survival guide
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Don't indulge between meals


Aside from the big occasions (Christmas dinner, parties and buffets), try and say no to other indulgences, especially between meals. It's the nibbles and little treats that can do the most damage - a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips...

Chocolate: 540 cal/100g for pralines, 560 cal/100g for Ferrero Rocher (that's 70 calories per chocolate!), 462 cal/100g for Quality Street...All these are high in fat and sugar, so avoid them if you can! Dark chocolate with a high % of cocao solids is best.

Dried fruit and nuts: They might look healthy, but often aren't! Nuts, for example, contain an average 600 cal/100g and lots of fat, whereas dried fruit (apricots, dates, prunes) contains around 250 cal per 100g and lots of fast-release sugars.

Nibbles: Biscuits, Pringles, canapés, crisps, sausage rolls, etc are all high in fat, and because they don't fill you up you just want to eat more of them. Don't start!


Sarah Horrocks
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