It’s possible to gain up to 7lbs over the festive holidays! In some cases this weight gain is never lost during that year meaning that level of weight gain increases year upon year… “middle aged spread” anyone?
Of course you should let your hair down and enjoy every moment but rather than busting your butt for the first 3 months of the year trying to work off all the additional calories, instead, continue to stay active, eat a nutritionally balanced diet and avoid over indulging to the point of no return!
Use some (or all) of these healthy living tips and you will thank us in the new year.
A healthy lifestyle is an on-going part of your life, it’s not a quick fix that you then destroy over 12 days of the year. Healthy living doesn’t have an end date. It doesn’t stop when you reach a goal. It is for life, not just for January.
Imagine if you didn’t brush your teeth for 12 days…wouldn’t happen would it?!…bear that in mind.
12 Days of a Healthy Christmas
1. Be Prepared: This goes for every day of the year in our book but no more so than this time of year. Make sure you eat every 3 hours, make sure you have healthy snacks to hand, plenty of water and never go to a party or gathering hungry, it’s a recipe for overeating disaster!
2. Keep on Moving: Just because you have even more tasks to juggle this time of year than you usually do, don’t use this as an excuse to become sedentary! If a workout session suffers then, run up every flight of stairs you come across or go for a lunchtime walk, run, skip, jump or dance, anything…just move and burn off any additional calories you’ve consumed or may consume in that day.
3. HOW is as important as WHAT: There are so many ways to cook and eat foods. Ensure you measure oils with tablespoons, never just pour freely! Do not fry anything; grill, bake, griddle, anything but fry. If you have a steamer then use it for all your veg, if you don’t have one ask for one for Christmas and go into the new year with a new healthy eating kitchen appliance.
4. Choose Wisely: When faced with a buffet or table of food which you didn’t have a hand in preparing, assess each dish before you choose what to put on your plate. Anything with colour and freshly prepared pile it high. Anything with pastry, sauce, cheese, cream, white refined carbs… don’t deny yourself everything but keep your intake very low! Fresh food fuels your body.
5. Beware of Alcohol: Alcohol contains lots of calories and when you’ve had one too many, it definitely limits your inhibitions and your nutrition plan goes straight out of the window. A small glass of wine is one of the most diet friendly drinks you could choose, but remember to limit the amount you consume. Find out more info here > www.drinkaware.co.uk
6. Controlled Contribution: If you are going to a dinner party, take a couple of homemade lower calorie dishes with you and eat that food only. By doing this you will know what you are eating is nutritionally controlled and natural and you are contributing to the party.
7. You Can Say No: You may be one of those sweet people that likes to please everyone (except yourself). Even if you’re not, it’s important to know that it’s OK to say no when being offered something that you know is going to harm your health goals. Everyone else is important but you need to take care of your own needs first.
8. Party Time: As this is the party season, a time for enjoyment and letting loose. At every given opportunity we highly recommend that you DANCE. Shake what your mamma gave you; tear up that floor because dancing burns over 250 calories an hour.
9. Take Note: It’s important that at this time of year you really listen to your body. Some people eat and drink to the point of feeling ill. You need to ensure you keep well hydrated (h20) and notice when you’re full and then stop eating. Eat consciously because you can stand there chatting by the buffet table and nibble away without even noticing what you’re putting into your mouth. Before you know it you’ve consumed 6 sausage rolls, 4 mozzarella balls 3 mini cheesecakes and a whole bottle of prosecco!
10. It’s All About Balance: If you’re going out for dinner have a lighter lunch to keep down the calories and enjoy more food in the evening, but NEVER skip breakfast! If you’ve been out for a full meal at lunch, have something lighter in the evening.
11. Don’t Allow Temptation In: Unless you’re presented with raw vegetables, salad sticks and hummus as an appetizer then say no! If the rest of your party wants to over eat, make sure those foods are placed at the opposite end of the table to you, so you’re not tempted to over indulge.
12. Care Enough: This list is a guide to help you stay healthy, on track and keep the indulgence low. This aside, relax and enjoy yourself but with love and respect for your beautiful body! Eat and drink consciously and you’ll twirl into the new year with a great start instead of a great amount of added body fat to lose!