It is hard to believe that already a year has passed and it is now the season to be ‘jolly’.
In the next month we will all be attending various parties and gatherings where there will be lots of food and drink on offer. Of course, we deserve to indulge a little but there is a line between enjoying the occasional treat and over indulging.
It seems pointless that we can gruel away for 48 weeks of the year and then let it all go in the month of December - only to work extra hard in January! Wouldn’t it be better to enjoy whats on offer without over indulging…
Yes, I thought so!!
Here are some tips, tried and tested by myself and others I know that allow us to let our hair down but don’t ruin all our hard work and dedication that we have put into our workouts and diets in the last year.
- If you are going to a party where there will be a buffet try to make sure you only visit the buffet one time. Rather than filling a small amount on your plate, make sure you start with a regular portioned meal. By doing so, you will be less likely to go back for seconds, or even thirds. When we re-visit buffets we often end up eating more than we would in just one visit.
- Seems obvious but I will say it - try to limit your alcohol intake. As fun and tasty as it can be, alcohol is full of empty calories (no nutritional value). If you are planning on drinking try having a glass of water between every or every other alcoholic beverage. Water will fill you up and you will be likely to drink less of the toxic stuff - plus your head will probably feel better for this the next morning!
- See if you can persuade a buddy to be on board with you, it’s always easier when there are two of you!
- If you do overindulge don’t dwell on it and spend the following day feeling guilty about it. This will not benefit yourself or anybody around you. Remember, one bad day won’t make you fat, nor will one good day turn you super healthy and lean.
- We tend to turn to ‘bad’ food the day after the night before. If you are in a sorry state after your Christmas party try to eat as healthily as possible. Make a smoothie with fruits that are rich in potassium like bananas or kiwis (helps replenish the electrolytes lost with effects of alcohol).
We hope these tips come in handy throughout the festive season. If you have any other words of advice please feel free to comment below.
Merry Christmas, let the good times roll!!
Sofie and the GWA team!