Christmas,  education,  nutrition

Holiday Tips: Gifts

Gifts can either be a very enjoyable tradition or extremely stressful.

Today, we’re going to touch on how you can take charge of the gifts issue & make it work in your favour.


Just ask

First & foremost: ask for what you want.

This is so simple but often so difficult to do. If you can request gifts that will support your healthy lifestyle as opposed to those that would derail it then you should.

Options might include a gym membership, cooking classes, magazine subscription or just something completely unrelated to health that you really want.

Often times people will be happy to have a little direction into what to get you.

Whether it be in person, online or through other people, just ask & it’s possible you shall receive


If asking isn’t an option there are lots of tactics you can try to avoid or lessen the impact of unhealthy food/treat gifts.



Don’t take home food items that are going to throw a spanner in the works, open them up & share them around!

Place them with the other treats & ‘forget’ to take them home with you. More often than not, they’ll get gobbled up by other people & you can relax! Everyone wins.


Re-gift them

If you are given a gift that’s perhaps not appropriate or doesn’t support your goals (eg: chocolates/lollies) you can re-gift it.

This sounds cheeky & it’s something people struggle with but it is effective.

If you have friends, in-laws or family members who aren’t aware of you having received it as a gift, add it to their present. It’s not the main present, just an extra so you don’t have to feel bad about it.

Another option is to give it to someone you appreciate, like your local shop owner, neighbour, your doctor or school teacher – the options are limitless. It’s a great way to show your appreciation & it will likely make their day.

Donation is also a great option in many areas. This includes local charities/homeless shelters etc. Give it to someone who will otherwise go without.


Take it . . .

to work or to your next Christmas event. Again, share them out or place them with the buffet.

Everyone else will enjoy them & you won’t have to take temptation home with you.


Get rid of it on the way home

If none of these options will work for you, throw whatever it is away. Many people don’t like wasting things (myself included) but if it’s going to push you off the healthy wagon – just get rid of it.


These are just a few ways to deal with unwanted gifts.

Have a think about what would work for you so you know what to do before the big day. Again, being prepared goes a long way to helping you succeed.


Would personalised one-on-one consultations with me help empower you to stay healthy over the holiday period. Do you need more general help with your diet, lifestyle &/or weight? If the answer is yes check out my 1:1 consultations or packages. I’d love to help.


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Thank you so much for joining me for this post.

Kathryn Carter

I’m Kath, qualified nutritionist & personal trainer. I believe a personalised, flexibile approach to gaining physical & mental well-being is necessary for achieving sustainable lifestyle changes that support both these aspects of health. In the near future I will be offering a range of nutrition & lifestyle education services designed to gain the life my clients want in a way that works for them.

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