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help out with the dishes. Christ­mas is a timely re­minder of the im­por­tance of do­ing things for other peo­ple, and help­ing at a party is a good way to do that.”

Scope out the seafood, veg­etable or fruit op­tions to keep your calo­ries in check. “You can dive into the peeled prawns or oys­ters – they’re low in calo­ries,” Collins says. “Car­rot and cel­ery sticks are ob­vi­ously good choices, but be care­ful of dips.” If there’s a buf­fet on of­fer, Collins sug­gests lim­it­ing your­self to one plate. “That way, you have ex­actly what you chose to have – and you don’t have to keep go­ing back.”


If you’ve had an in­dul­gent night, there’s no need to pun­ish your­self the fol­low­ing day – just pick up where you left off. Start the day with a long walk, and bal­ance out the en­ergy in­take with your meal choices. “If [you had] a big meal late at night, you prob­a­bly won’t be hun­gry, so you might not need to eat un­til lunchtime,” Collins says. “Make your next few meals sal­ads or leaner, cleaner eat­ing pat­terns to bal­ance the en­ergy.”

Be­ing over­tired can also de­crease your willpower, so McGrice rec­om­mends hav­ing small, reg­u­lar meals to keep your en­ergy lev­els sta­ble. “You want to fo­cus on low GI foods through­out the day for a slow en­ergy re­lease,” she says. “If you need a pick-me-up, have a green tea for a lit­tle bit of caf­feine.”

A hang­over may cry out for fried food, but McGrice says you can cure it bet­ter with a slice of Vegemite toast, lots of wa­ter and a walk in the fresh air. “Vegemite has the B vitamin thi­amine, which helps the body break down al­co­hol,” she adds. “The wa­ter will help you hy­drate, while the fresh air will wake you up.”

Don’t let cock­tails and canapés undo your healthre­solve at Christ­mas. Fol­low this three-step plan to breeze through the party sea­son. By Kim­berly Gil­lan

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