But with this comes a loss of focus on training and diet and as a result a few kilos pile on. Which is completely okay because food is good and nothing in the world is better than food and family (am i right?), but the struggle to get back on the band wagon once Christmas is over is very real!
So this year one of my goals is to try and stay focused and on point with my training and eating AS CLOSE to Christmas as I can.. and then relax and enjoy every single mouthful of food on Christmas day without guilt, and appreciate and honour the food baby which may come my way.
Below are some healthy tips to keep the weight off, eat healthy and still enjoy the indulgence!
- Have a healthy snack or breakfast before you head to the party instead of starving yourself prior to save your appetite for the treats, this way you won’t overeat.
- Count your canapés, set yourself a limit and stick to it.
- Be picky! Choose only the treats that you feel are worth the calories and omit the cheap and nasty junk. E.g. Skip the candy canes and chips so you can feel better about having that slice of sticky date pudding.
- Avoid sauce, chutney, gravy, jelly, cream and relish, as these often contain high amounts of sugar and/or fat. Or if you’re supplying the meat, attempt to make your own sauce!
- If you have a craving then go with it. You’re more likely to be able to control yourself if you have that piece of chocolate cake now rather than ignoring it because a few drinks later you might just devour six! But remember – portion sizes!
- Limit your alcohol consumption and fill up on water or infused water between drinks. For every alcoholic drink have two glasses of water.
- Choose better quality alcoholic beverages and ones that contain less calories such as vodka, dark ale and organic red wine.
- Serve your drinks in tall thin glasses, as short wide ones encourage more frequent top ups and quicker drinking.
- Mocktails made with fresh fruit are a great alternative to alcohol and sugar laden cocktails. You won’t have to put up with the constant questions as to why you’re not drinking.
- Offer to be the designated driver so you can avoid the temptation to drink alcohol.
- Don’t indulge the whole holiday period, pick your events carefully and have a break between Christmas and New Year.
- When your not spoiling yourself at the parties and dinners, be extra health conscious and stick to salads, seafood, water and extra exercise so that you can keep it balanced.
- When you know you have a big event coming up be extra diligent and committed to exercising so you can combat the extra calories.
- A good distraction from overeating is getting absorbed in conversation!
- Always pick the smallest plate so you don’t feel compelled to fill up a large one.
- If a friend or family member is throwing a party ask if you can bring a plate so that you can take the opportunity to make a delicious, nutritious salad or dessert. That way, you know that there is a nice healthy option you can eat if there is only heavier options at the party.
- If you do a lot of cooking over the holidays, then try to avoid taste testing too often. Because by the time you're done you’ll be full but you may feel obliged to finish your plate anyway.
- When hosting your own event, serve the meals from the kitchen and not at the table, when the ham and baked potatoes are right in front of you... it’s far more likely you’ll go for seconds or thirds.
- Grab some disposable Tupperware for guests so that you can fill them up at the end of the day so you don’t have leftover pudding sitting in the fridge tempting you.
- If you don’t have seconds on any other day of the year then don’t make an exception today, you’re not missing out.
- Why not start a new family tradition and go for a big walk Christmas morning before you start getting ready for the day!
- Smile. Have fun. Keep portion sizes in mind.
Happy preparations! And don’t forget to have fun and ENJOY your little treat, you deserve it!
yours wholesomely, x