The festive season is upon us once more (how are we already in December?!)!
It’s still nonetheless exciting and ’tis the season to indulge and be merry! Some of us may prefer to let go of our ‘diet’ mindsets whilst others are looking to maintain their healthy strides across the holidays (me!). Over course of two years, I’ve found a few tricks here and there to curb overeating while still enjoying the holiday cheer and I thought I’d share them here!
- Eat your Calories: I’ve always told myself that if I am going to enjoy something indulgent, I’d rather eat it than drink it. This holiday season, try eating before you indulge in drinks. Enjoy a slice of decadent Christmas Cake or mince pies as opposed to a sugary cocktail or punch. It’ll keep you full for longer and it’ll be much more satisfying than realizing you have to cut out on yummy food because you drank your calories!
- Squeeze in a Workout: If you know you have an upcoming party or dinner, try to squeeze in a sweaty workout; it’ll help balance the extra calories you might indulge in. But more than that, the after-effects of working out will carry into your party: there’s a greater chance you’d feel like maintaining your healthy stride without putting your workout to waste and be cautious of what you consume.
- Drink Water: Even before, during and after meals, keep drinking water. Chugging water (even small sips), can make you feel full and curb temptation of going for more.
- Wait before Going for Seconds: It takes a while for your brain to realize you’re full – and during this time, you might be tempted to go fill your plate a second time. Instead, take a breather and chat for a while before going for seconds, because you might feel like you can stay away from more indulgences!
- Don’t Overthink It: Even if you go for seconds, or have that 3rd margarita, don’t fret. Being healthy isn’t about eating less, it’s about eating smarter and that means you have all the right to enjoy some treats. Don’t berate yourself if you indulge more than usual – eating well is all about a balanced lifestyle with some treats on the side!
I hope you guys have a fabulous Christmas and bring the festive cheer into whatever you do!
All my love,