The Festive Season is once again looming and our calendars are starting to fill with parties, lunches, dinners and brunches. It is difficult not to get caught up and forget about the hard work we have put in during the year to lose weight or eat healthy and look after our well-being.
We should be able to enjoy ourselves shouldn’t we?
The downside of over-indulging is after New Year when we come back down to earth after the party season. Our clothes are tighter, we don’t feel quite so good because of the rich food and alcohol we have consumed and so we start the New Year feeling a little down.
The question then is:
I’m all for everything in moderation and I admit that I love baking gifts for the Festive Season and of course the odd glass or three of bubbles!
I don’t want to have to start all over again with fitness, exercise and healthy eating so I’ve come up with a few tips that I use to make sure I can have both – Enjoy the Festivities but still keep my health and fitness in check.
Tips for Staying Healthy & STILL enjoying the Festive Season
1. Have a small snack before the party.
If you are going to a ‘drinks’ party try to have a healthy snack before you go. You won’t feel as hungry and so not tempted to eat everything sight!
2. Incorporate Clean Eating Days
If you are VERY popular (LOL) and have many parties to attend try to incorporate ‘clean eating’ days. Increase your intake of vegetables and fruit to eat a lighter diet. Have a vegetable juice for breakfast, a salad for lunch and stir fry for dinner.
3. Select your of outfit and get in the party mood!
If you have been watching your weight, or training hard you want to wear something that shows off your good work but also is comfortable. By selecting something that you know looks good and makes you feel good will subconsciously keep you from over-indulging.
4. Keep hydrated!
Remember to keep drinking your 8 glasses of water per day. Summer or winter we still need to keep hydrated. If you like a glass of alcohol make sure you alternate two glasses of water to one glass of bubbly or alcohol. This will keep the kilojules down and also help avoid a headache in the morning!
5. Keep exercise going!
The Festive Season is not reason to let exercise go completely. Even if it is a brisk 30 minute walk you will feel so much better for it and it will keep your fitness and health on track. You don’t want to have to start a new exercise program from scratch in the New Year so try to incorporate some daily exercise.
6. Provide healthier choices
If hosting a party make sure you have some healthier choices such as hummus with carrot and celery sticks instead of crackers on the menu. Don’t assume that everyone wants to abandon their healthy eating. Plan to have a combination of healthy food and treats. You will be surprised how people will still enjoy what they term as ‘healthy eating’.
7. Put a healthier twist on baking
Try baking using an alternative sweetener to cut down the kilojoules. I love baking during the Festive Season and usually bake my own gifts. You can make them a little healthier by using alternative sweeteners instead of sugar.
8. Think before you eat!
Do you really need to eat all of your dessert? Do you really need the extra few nibblies? Do you really want to start all over again with your fitness program?The Festive Season should be a time of peace, joy, love and spending time with family & friends so Enjoy!Click To Tweet
Sending you my love and best wishes to you and your family for a happy Festive Season
Let’s Keep Sizzling
This post was updated in November 2016.