One of the most difficult times of year for those trying to lose weight and stick to their fitness plan is the holiday/silly season. While the holidays are a time to get together with friends and family, every event and gathering is also an excuse to take a holiday from your healthy eating habits and fitness regime. A cookie here, a chocolate there, washed down with a glass of wine and before you know it you have missed your gym workout and your pants are feeling tighter.
The good news is that with a little planning, those holiday kilos can be easily avoided while enjoying the festive season.
To start off here are my tips on getting through all those Christmas parties and the silly season,
- Start the feast on a healthy and filling note- if you are preparing the food this can be a little easier. Instead of calorie laden dips and fatty appetizers choose fresh healthy pre dinner munchies. If heading out have a small healthy meal high in protein – like chicken salad so you are not so hungry and fill up on cheese and crackers as much.
- Add veggie sticks and homemade dips instead of lots of crackers on platters – Pinterest has lots of great ideas for this.
- If you are cooking have heaps of greens, salads and veggies as options. If you are out, head to these healthier foods to fill your plate before heading for the breads, pasta & potatoes. If you do have lots of carbs add lots of butter or cream to them as this will change the GI index and not spike your insulin levels as much.
- Be mindful of portion sizes, you can even get a smaller plate and fill it. Wait 10 minutes before heading back for seconds. This will give your stomach time to digest your food and send signals to the brain to say you are full.
- Have plenty of water, as this will make you feel fuller and is also great if you are drinking and want to avoid the hangover.
- Get moving and wait at least 30 minutes before hitting the deserts, if you are cooking add some healthier options on the table and fill up with them.
- Take some high quality fish oil before the meal as this will help break down the fat/foods better :)
- Red wine is better over white or bubbles, Vodka and soda is the best out of spirits.
- Have a workout or hit the gym first thing in the morning that way you get your daily movement in, before the day gets crazy. Or try having a big heavy workout and then hit your work Christmas party as this is the best time for all the simple sugars you will be consuming.
Most of all enjoy, DON’T feel guilty or BAD for indulging. Plan it, be present and conscious as this affects how the food will be digested. Enjoy this time with friends and family.
Merry Christmas to you all.