Well the Festive Season is well and truly upon us and after the busy week I’ve had attending functions I knew I had to jot down my “10 TIPS” to surviving this jolly season, so we all don’t have a complete blow-out!
1. Don’t STOP your Training!
Most gyms are still open apart from the public holidays, trainers are still working and if you’re lucky enough to be away on holidays then do other things. Use the outdoors like the beach or a park, go for a bush walk, try a bit of paddle boarding or body boarding. Anything that gets your heart rate up gives you your cardio workout and there are plenty of body weight exercises you can do for your strength training.
2. Sit at the end of the table:
Most food platters and nibbles are placed in the centre of the table so if you sit closer to the end you have to excuse yourself continuously as you lean across the person next to you to grab another handful of nibbles. Believe me, it will stop you from shovelling them in when you have to keep leaning across someone.
3. Have a meal before you go:
If you are attending a function that is serving nibbles and finger food make sure you have a proper meal beforehand. You will be satisfied and less likely to want to overeat the nibbles.
4. If you are the Entertainer then have healthier options:
It’s YOUR home so you can serve whatever you want and your guests will enjoy lighter, healthier food as we all get TIRED of eating the same old things as we spread ourselves around the family & friend gatherings.
5. Watch your portion sizes:
Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t really mean we need to eat bigger meals than we normally would? Of course we have more options available to us, things we may not normally eat however a plateful is still a plateful. Fill your plate with the proteins and salads/veges then give yourself a smaller serving of the “Not So Good Stuff”
6. Pace yourself with the alcohol and choose your poison:
Keep hydrated by having a glass of sparkling or still water between drinks. If you have it from a fancy glass, no one will know that you’re taking it a bit easy. Try to stick with one variety of drink rather than mixing drinks. Vodka, lime and Soda has less calories than beer and wine and when you switch to sparking water with lime you won’t know the difference.
7. Continue your daily rituals:
If you normally have a warm lemon water (which we all should on waking) or a daily green juice/smoothie keep these daily rituals up. You do them for a reason and just because it’s the holiday season is no reason to stop. I always take a lemon with me when I’m staying away overnight so I have it on hand to add to some warm water. Find a great juice bar if you are on holidays so you can grab a green juice.
8. Keep up your daily water intake or better still, try to increase it:
The more water you drink the fuller you will feel and the less likely you will over eat. Often we think we are hungry when we are actually dehydrated.
9. Have prepared meals in the fridge/freezer ready to eat when you have that dreaded hangover:
We all search for that heartier meal when we have a hangover. Rather than going for the burger, chip, pizza etc have something already prepared ready to go. I love having frozen portions of my clean “Chilli Con Carne” that I can grab and reheat, served with some brown rice or quinoa or I have crumbed (in almond meal & LSA) chicken tenderloins. Have some eggs, avocado and cherry tomatoes and a green juice when you wake and set yourself up for the day eating healthy! Having these clean foods available you will be satisfied and won’t over indulge on junk food!
10. Get plenty of sleep:
Sleep is SO important to our physical health, mood and overall well-being. Sleep is more than just conserving energy, it serves a number of essential functions we simply cannot do without. It provides restorative qualities for our body’s growth and rejuvenation. It affects our capacity to build memories, rewiring our brains to ensure that newly gained knowledge is organised and stored for future use. Getting more ‘quality sleep’ helps us to remember, process and understand things better.
On the flip side, too little sleep doesn’t just mean daytime sleepiness, it also makes our brains less efficient. Sleep deprivation can also lead to weight gain as our tired body thinks we have too little energy and tries to compensate with food.
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Wishing you all a Safe and Happy Christmas