Being healthy again after holidays

With only 3 day week smack bang in between 3 public holidays, a lot of us took the chance for any easy week of chilling out and making a real holiday of it.  And I bet it was enjoyed!!

BUT, it also feels like it does at the end of Christmas holidays, that same “ I ate far too much, and drank far too much”  adage comes around again.

So what can you do about it?  One of the quickest ways to get back to your normal self is to stop drinking during the week.  Alcohol every day (hopefully just the night time) is a sure fire way to allow sneaky kilos to creep up on you.  You might think you eat quite healthy, lots of lean meats, lots of vegetables, etc.  But that one glass of wine adds 82 calories to your day, which is not a huge amount, but 1-2 each day, 7 days a week is an extra 1148 per week (which is almost one persons calorie intake for the day!)  Now I am normally not one to say that eating is all about calories, because I believe it is about nourishment.  Having said that, wine isn’t particularly nourishing, the nutritional panel for white wine is below:


Nutrition Facts

White Wine

Amount per 100g

Calories 82

Total Fat                             0 g

Saturated fat                       0 g

Polyunsaturated fat             0 g

Monounsaturated fat           0 g

Cholesterol                     0 mg

Sodium                            5 mg

Potassium                     71 mg

Total Carbohydrate        2.6 g

Dietary fiber                         0 g

Sugar                                  1 g

Protein                             0.1 g

Vitamin A 0%

Vitamin C 0%

Vitamin D 0%

Vitamin B-12 0%

Vitamin B-6 0%

Calcuim 0%

Iron 1%


Another quick easy way to redeem yourself after holidays is replace 1 meal a day with a purely vegetable meal.  So no meat, no carbs, just veggies.  The easiest way to do this is just make a really big batch of vegetable soup!  Have it for dinner each night for a week, or take it to work for lunch each day.  Here is an easy peasy recipe to try:

Throw into the oven: 3 carrots, 2 zucchinis and about 15 mushrooms, don’t use oil, just put them in a pan and roast for about 20mins on about 180 degrees.  Then in your saucepan, thrown in 2-3 cloves of garlic, one chopped onion, half a chopped celery and half a chopped up broccoli.  Saute this for about 5 mins, add in 2 litres of water with 2 vegan stock cubes (I like the Massel brand).  Take your other vegetables from the oven, chop them up, and then throw them in too.  Let it simmer for about another 10 mins. SOOOO easy!

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