If there is ever a time to indulge, we all know that this is it, the festive season can easily become a silly season if you let it. But it doesn’t have to be!
It is natural for us to have an overwhelming urge to reward ourselves for the big year that has been, and it is very easy to fall into a ‘holiday mode’. To then throw away all the good work you have been doing for your body. Often people will accept this behaviour as a part of the festive season and approach it with a ‘last supper’ mindset, with the intentions to ‘get back into it’ in the new year. But this frequently feeds back into an unhealthy relationship with yourself and your food.
So why not try to be smart this year, learn to mindfully enjoy yourself and find a comfortable balance, where you can enjoy this beautiful weather and fresh food but no sabotage yourself and your health aspirations.
Below are 10 of my nutrition tips to help you do this!
1. NEVER ARRIVE HUNGRY
Try to attend events feeling satisfied, and therefore in control of your food choices. We all know what happens when we arrive hungry, you will look to fill up on anything and everything. I suggest having a healthy protein rich snack beforehand, such as Greek yoghurt, boiled eggs, hummus and vegetable sticks or a protein shake.
2. STAY HYDRATED
It is very easy to mistake dehydration for hunger, make sure to bring some frozen water bottles along with you on any day trips or keep a glass on you at social events. Drinking a big glass of water also helps curb any hunger pangs. Try adding some fresh lemon or diet cordial for taste.
3. MAKE HEALTHY SWAPS
When entertaining, try to provide some simple and healthy swaps, such as:
4. DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL TO QUENCH YOUR THIRST
Try to drink water when you first arrive and space your alcoholic drinks out with water or diet soft drink in between. Avoid sugary premixed drinks & cordials, opt for lime/lemon and soda water or red wine. Ideally no more than 4 standard drinks on any one off occasion.
5. AVOID FRIED FOODS
Always a good idea! Grilled is best.
6. MINDFULLY ENJOY DESSERTS
I would not expect you to turn down some of the wonderfully decadent desserts that Christmas parties have to offer. So enjoy your dessert, have a small serving and savour that bad boy!
7. BE CAREFUL OF NIBBLIES
There are always nibblies on offer over the festive season, and sometimes, eating these alone are enough to satisfy you. So make sure you arrive to your event feeling satiated, keep yourself distracted with a low-calorie drink and choose the grilled options and more raw vegetables.
8. BE KIND TO YOURSELF
If you happen to let yourself go a little crazy, then so be it! Move on, don’t dwell on it and make sure you are more mindful next time.
9. MOVE YOUR BODY
It is great to sit down and catch up with your loved ones, but a wholesome way to help digest your lunch is to incorporate some gentle movement into the day. Whether that involves some family backyard cricket, a nice walk through the garden or a refreshing summer swim, these all aids digestion and stimulate your metabolism.
10. INSPIRE YOUR LOVED ONES
One of the greatest things about this time of year is the amazing food, so don’t allow yourself to be in a situation where there isn’t anything you feel comfortable eating. Inspire your family through bringing healthy options; let wholesome food be a way to share your knowledge and love. Check out my recipe page for some easy ideas.
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