Can you believe the festive season is upon us? And while most of us look forward to it as eagerly as we did as children, for some the holidays can be a major obstacle if they’re watching their weight. Most parties are by definition diet busting stuff because they centre around food that used to be only once-a-year luxuries for most people. But today those foods are available to us all year around but we still crave them at holiday gatherings. However, there is no reason why you can’t have these foods and still be able to be in control of your diets. I’ve put together a few tips of my own as well as others to come up with a game plan so that this Christmas you can have your mince pie and eat it!
1. Focus on the fun and not food. Enjoy the conversation and the banter and good old entertainment. And if there’s a dance floor, well kick off your heels and show us some of your moves and burn some calories. And men if you want to woo a lady you really need to be able to move so get practising now!
2. When you get to a party, check out what food is on offer and decided on one or two things that you must have. Take a moderate portion of these and fill the rest of your plate with vegetables (there must be a veggie platter somewhere!). You can also offer to bring your own dish to share, something that works with your diet plan and that others will enjoy too. Oh and no need to announce its healthier
3. Don’t stand around the buffet table. This really can be a recipe for disaster as it’s easier to pick. Instead fill your plate up and move right to the other side of the room where you can’t see the table. Out of sight really is out of mind.
4. Go easy on the alcohol (you knew this one was coming didn’t you?) Unfortunately alcohol has a lot of empty calories so it’s good to make wise choices. Stick to spirits like vodka with low-calories mixers rather than pints which come in at around 250 calories a pop compared to the spirit and mixer at 50. Alcohol also lowers your inhibitions which throw out your mindful eating.
5. Just because you’re invited to a lot of parties, it doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel and suspend the exercise regime. If anything, it’s best to keep up the workouts to keep you energised as well as help burn the extra calories that you might be consuming over the holiday period. Remember no one has ‘time’ so you have to make time inm between the party invites. So even if it’s a brisk walk or a 20 minute session at the gym, it’s better than nothing.
remember it is the party season and no one wants a party pooper at theirs, so yes enjoy yourself and be sensible without getting too uptight about the diet regime. Christmas only comes once a year and it’s a time to enjoy and have fun. Just everything in moderation eh? Cheers!!!