Enjoy your holidays without guilt

Annette Sym
Annette Sym Cade Mooney

IF YOU have holidays coming up here are some tips to help you enjoy not only your trip but to also help you to not gain weight whilst away.

Holidays are so much fun, but with the good can come the bad.

If you have been focused on losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle going on holidays won't change this, as long as you are careful.

By the time we reach our holiday destination most of us feel worn out and are looking to relax and have a good time.

With this can come the attitude that means relaxing our eating regime and the attitude that says "I'm on holidays so I deserve to have a few treats".

Holidays are meant to be fun and I don't believe that you have to be a martyr but there are some things you can do so you don't gain massive amounts of weight while you are away.

Before I lost my weight I remember one holiday in particular where I gained 5 kilos.

It seemed such a good idea at the time to indulge, but once home it was very depressing when I realised what I had done.

If you want to avoid this happening to you then can I suggest that you take your healthy eating with you on your next trip.

Firstly start the day right with a normal breakfast, don't fill up on fried eggs and bacon but have what you normally have at home.

Then at lunch time, try and have sandwiches, soup or salads or similar lunches to what you normally have at home, then for dinner allow yourself to have what ever you like.

Or you can reverse this strategy with lunch and dinner, depending on when you like to have your main meal of the day.

I find when I am away that I am happy to not overdo it during the day as we are always busy, but it is nice to look forward to the evening meal.

Pick a different restaurant each night and enjoy the fresh seafood, grilled steaks and order that special dessert, hey you're on holidays so enjoy yourself in moderation.

Remember holidays aren't about having "all you can eat", but more about enjoying the trip, relaxing, having time with your loved ones and rewarding yourself in other ways.

Annette's cookbooks Symply Too Good To Be True Books 1-6 are sold in all good newsagencies.

Visit Annette's website www.symplytoogood.com.au for more tips and recipes, and join Annette's Facebook page at Symply Too Good.

 

Basic bolognaise sauce: Recipe from Symply Too Good To Be True, Book 1

Serves: 6

  • Cooking spray
  • 500g very lean beef mince
  • 1 x 410g can no added salt tomato puree
  • ¼ cup (70g) no added salt tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic (in jar)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon beef stock powder
  • 1 cup water
  • Cracked pepper (optional)

Brown mince in a large saucepan that has been coated with cooking spray, drain well, remove to plate.

Using same saucepan mix tomato puree, tomato paste, garlic, onion, oregano, stock powder, water and pepper together.

Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes covered.

Add mince to pot for 5 minutes.

Serve with spaghetti noodles.

Variation: To make chilli con carne, make basic bolognaise sauce, add 1 whole can (410g) of Mexican kidney beans. Taste test sauce, if you want it hotter, add ¼ teaspoon chilli powder. Serve with rice.

Nutritional Information

PER SERVE

 

BOLOGNAISE

FAT

TOTAL

6.0g

 

SATURATED

2.5g

FIBRE

 

1.8g

PROTEIN

 

18.5g

CARBS

 

6.3g

SUGAR

 

4.6g

SODIUM

 

189mg

KILOJOULES

 

642 (cals 153)

GI RATING

 

LOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nutritional Information

PER SERVE

 

CHILLI CON CARNE

FAT

TOTAL

6.3g

 

SATURATED

2.5g

FIBRE

 

5.3g

PROTEIN

 

21.8g

CARBS

 

16.8g

SUGAR

 

6.4g

SODIUM

 

487mg

KILOJOULES

 

890 (cals 212)

GI RATING

 

LOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics:  annette sym, diet, easy eating, holidays, recipes



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