The silly season is upon us. Christmas parties, end of year break ups and the good old “F*$k it its Christmas” mentality. Avoid hating yourself by Jan 1st because you have gained 5kg and have zero energy by implementing a few of our silly season tips..
Start The Day Right
Cook up eggs, an omelette or green smoothie. Something jam packed with protein, vitamins and minerals. If you nourish your body in your first meal then having some non-ideal foods at other meals wont make as much impact.
This may sound simple. If you have overindulged then your body is most likely struggling with the excess calories as well as gluten, sugar and dairy. Couple that will the inflammation that has occurred due to the excessive alcohol intake. Water will ensure all systems are running at an optimal level, it will help flush any toxins from your body and it will help alkalise your body.
Keep An Eye On Your Portion Sizes
It is easy to go way over board during the festive season. But why? Just because there is food in front of you doesn’t mean you have to demolish it! There are going to be plenty of occasions over this period and you have to practise some self control and this starts with your portion sizes. Try filling half your plate with veggies or salad (and I don’t mean potato bake and pasta salad). Opt for the lean meats like white fish and turkey (skin removed).
Avoid Going To A Party Hungry
If you have something at home that is nice and healthy and fills you up then you are less like to 1. snack on foods at the party and 2. go for seconds at dinner time. Eating a source of protein will help keep you fuller for longer!
Make Your Own Snacks To Bring To The Party
It might not be for everyone but you are doing your part by offering the healthy option at the party. Here’s some ideas: Veggie sticks, wholegrain rice crackers, , Sushi, sandwiches, quiches, fruit salad with yoghurt, hummus, beetroot, tzatziki, or avocado dip. There are so many healthy options so avoid the cheese, crackers, chips and deep fried foods!
Obviously the best choice when on a weight loss journey is abstinence. But there are a few things we can do to help consume less alcohol and therefore less calories.
- Have one glass of water between alcoholic drinks.
- Fill your cup with ice.
- Add fruit.
- Opt for wine (organic/low alcohol) or beer (low carb/low alcohol).
- Cider is probably the worst option
- Don’t ‘top up’ your drinks. Keep count by finishing them off.