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So a couple of weeks ago we asked you to give us your top tips for Christmas survival.

We have collated all the tips and this is what we have.

  1. Try to have proper meals
  2. Avoid pastry.
  3. Drink your 2 litres of water.
  4. Enjoy the parties but be very careful before and after.
  5. Don’t overfill your plate or use a smaller plate.
  6. Get out in the fresh air and walk – too much time spent inside will make you sluggish and more likely to crave sugar in an attempt to raise energy levels.
  7. Enjoy it, be merry, have 2 weeks off and get back on track in the New Year.
  8. Do extra exercise to burn off excess calories.
  9. Make sure you drink water in between each alcoholic drink.
  10. If you don’t buy it in the first place then you can’t eat it!
  11. Eat before you go to parties so you don’t have to eat there.
  12. Don’t feel that you have to “finish it off”. Unopened and in date food can be handed in for our collection for the Abingdon, Didcot and Wallingford food banks.
  13. Have a little of what you like rather than a lot!
  14. Learn to say “NO!”
  15. At a party, “PARK” your wine so it isn’t constantly being topped up.
  16. Buy quality not quantity.
  17. Make sure you fill up on vegetables first.
  18. Limit yourself to 3 or 4 days only when you have alcohol. The rest of the time offer to drive so you can’t drink.
  19. Watch the carb based foods!
  20. Chocolate, cakes and mince pies are only for when visitors come and not for all the time.
  21. Always ask yourself “Is it worth it?” You don’t want to feel cheated.
  22. Don’t just eat and drink for the sake of it or because it is there.
  23. Remember how you feel NOW before the festivities – do you want to feel this way in January? If yes then don’t stuff your face!
  24. Wear tight clothes to any parties or meals. That way you can’t over eat!
  25. Be strong!
  26. Remember how hard it has been to take off each pound you’ve lost so far.
  27. Just because everyone else is eating rubbish doesn’t mean you need too.
  28. Don’t stand near the food!
  29. Watch the sugar!
  30. Make soup and use it to fill you up.
  31. Have what you like for two days but then back on it the rest of the time!
  32. If all else fails – CANCEL CHRISTMAS!