Christmas parties, work functions, family and friends’ events the social calendar is usually maxed out in December, with each event paired with a decadent food spread and copious amounts of alcohol. Coming out of December a little heavier and worse for wear is a usual occurrence, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Throwing caution to the wind and indulging in every craving will only make facing the reality on New Year’s Day a lot harder.
I’m here to break the news: you can still indulge a little without getting out of control and gaining those extra kilograms.
KEEP UP YOUR NORMAL ROUTINE
Don’t abandon your exercise, sleep and healthy eating regime. You’ve made great progress throughout the year, don’t just chuck in the towel because the calendar has ticked over to December. Once you break your routine, it becomes harder to get back into it. It has been suggested that it takes 30 days to break a habit. Don’t let December break yours. Keep up your routine. Have a plan as to when you want to exercise and for how long. Its inevitable that things will pop up and you wont be able to do it all, but as long as you keep going you’ll be able to keep your base fitness level ready for the New Year.
Don’t be afraid to say no. The key to surviving the festive season is knowing your own limits. You’re going to be asked to a million things. Don’t stretch yourself too thin and know your own limits. Same goes with food. Don’t be afraid to say no to any food or drink you wouldn’t usually consume.
The best way to avoid falling off track is to plan ahead of time. When are you going to exercise? What you are going to eat for the week? Take the time to look at your week, highlight “the can’t miss events”, and then see when you can fit in some exercise around these.
PORTION CONTROL IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS.
Of course, when the temptations are endless being on portion patrol can be extremely difficult. That’s why I’ve put together some tips to help you stay in control.
Don’t turn up to an event hungry. You are more likely to over indulge and over eat if your hangry side is flaring. If you’re going to a lunch or dinner event, make sure you have a healthy nourishing breakfast or lunch beforehand, packed with low GI carbohydrates and protein to keep you satisfied until the big event. Or have a nutritious snack before arriving to keep the hunger at bay.
Don’t eat until you are stuffed. When fighting the temptation of the buffet, use a small plate, don’t stack your food. Once you’ve made up from plate, walk away. Have a glass of water and sit for a moment before jumping back up and refilling your plate. When choosing from the spread go for wholefood options and maximise on the fruit and vegetables.
If it’s a friend’s party or a work event consider bringing a healthy dish of your own, if appropriate.
Surviving the silly season without additional baggage around your tummy can be difficult, but it is possible.