Christmas is just around the corner.
I love this time of year.
A great time to re-connect with family, friends, and loved ones, and enjoy some down time from work and external life stresses.
Unfortunately, the festive season is also filled with plenty of parties, get togethers, and nights out, that can all lead to lots and lots of consumed calories.
Now, don’t get me wrong, having a little break from strict dieting and exercise can be great both physically and psychologically.
And I’m not saying you should be a complete social recluse and avoid get togethers and parties.
However, completely letting go and going overboard can be a very easy way to enter the new year a good few kgs heavier, wondering what happened.
Now, if you’re completely happy with that, and happy enough with your current eating behaviours and approach that you know you want to completely relax and enjoy it, and can get back on track quickly, then go for it.
However, if you have made good progress recently, struggle with letting go completely in fear of what will happen, or are always regretful if you put on a lot of excess weight, then there are some simple steps you can do to make sure you do not go overboard.
1. Practise listening to your hunger cues and stopping when full on the lead up to events.
By eating a little slower and more mindfully, taking regular breaks and drinks, we can tune in better to our body’s natural hunger response, and avoid binge eating.
Practise this on days leading up to Christmas, and you will be better served on Christmas Day.
Slow down, really enjoy the amazing food, and you will finish feeling content, not stuffed.
2. Get Your Exercise In
Just because gyms are closed and relatives are round doesn’t mean you have good excuses to do nothing and become a couch potato.
Get up early and go for a leisurely jog before anyone is up. Or go out several times a day for walks and activities with the family.
There are plenty of ways you can stay active during this season.
3. Avoid beers and wines and drink mostly spirits and low kcal mixers if you’re a party animal
Beers and wines are the most calorific alcoholic drinks, and these can very quickly add up to 1,000s if you have regular parties.
Drink mostly spirits and low kcal mixers to half your calorie intake, and on the day of parties limit your food to proteins and veggies to keep you full.
This way you should be less tempted for that post night-out kebab on the way home.
4. Keep Temptation Out of Reach
There’s no need to turn your home into a giant stocking with chocolates and sweets around the house.
For sure enjoy a couple of chocolates here and there, but if you have them lying around the house, you are more than likely to over indulge and snack a lot when you’re bored.
Will power is finite, so don’t use it up trying to avoid colourful treats that are right in front of you.
5. Avoid Weighing Yourself the Day After a Party or Big Meal
This is a sure fire way to feel crappy and potentially cause a F*** it attitude and downward spiral.
If you have a day of over indulgence from food and alcohol you will no doubt be heavier the next day.
This is mostly bloat and water weight, and will come down as long as you remain calm and sensible in the days after.
If you’re one who is very attached to the number on the scale, do yourself a favour and stay off of it after big days.
Get back on the horse, listening to your appetite and hunger cues, and relax knowing that things will be back to normal in a few days.
6. Enjoy The Time With Friends And Family
The easiest way to create an issue is by worrying and over thinking it.
This period is a time to relax, connect with your loved ones, and enjoy quality time together.
So make sure you do just that.
Don’t stress overly about the food and calories, and you will be fine.
Take a break.
Have a good one!