Have a guilt-free Christmas and stay on track! Find the sweet spot between enjoyment and your health and fitness goals. Eat the pav, the xmas pudding and the brandied custard……whatever yummy season traditions you like … EAT them and enjoy them.
Here’s how to enjoy Christmas with balance, not restriction
- Positive Mindset – It’s about joy, connection and celebration, not about counting calories or feeling guilty. If your tracking, it’s time for a few days off and that’s ok. Don’t be the “Debbie” at the dinner table
- Flexible Mindset- Adopt a flexible mindset. Indulging a bit is not a setback, balance it out with healthier choices later. Results come from consistency. A day here and there is not going to stuff up your progress
- Don’t go in hungry – Have a good feed of protein before you go. Don’t arrive hungry and ready to smash your face into the first plate that you see.
- Intuitive Eating – Listen to your body. If your hungry, eat, and if you’re satisfied, stop. Trusting your body’s signals can help you build a healthier relationship with food.
- Mindful Moments – Incorporate moments of mindfulness during your meals. Take a few deep breaths, be present and enjoy the experience without overthinking.
- Purposeful Indulgences – If there’s a special food or dish you love, EAT it, savour it intentionally. It’s not about restriction but about enjoying these moments consciously.
- Active Celebrations – Incorporate movement into the festivities. A pre-dinner walk, a dance party, or a fun outdoor activity, staying active adds a healthy balance.
- No Guilt Allowed – Guilt has no place EVER when you are eating and especially not in the holiday season or special celebrations. Guilt can lead to negative food relationship cycles, so savour your celebrations guilt-free.
- Balanced Plate – You can still eat a balanced plate with a mix of proteins, veggies, and carbs.
- Hydrate – Don’t mistake thirst for hunger. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid unnecessary snacking.
- Social Support – Share your intentions with friends and family. Having a support system that understands and respects your health goals can make a significant difference.
What about the booze this christmas?
Christmas party after Christmas party after Christmas party can be tricky but here’s how you keep it balanced and still have fun.
- Hydration is Key – Alternate alcoholic drinks with water. Staying hydrated helps prevent overindulgence and reduces the chances of a hangover.
- Mindful Drinking – Sip and savour your drinks. This only makes the experience more enjoyable.
- Make smart choices – Opt for lower-calorie options when you can. Try and keep away from the higher sugar bevvies.
- Set your limits – Set a limit for the number of drinks and stick to it. Enjoy without going overboard. You don’t have to get totally s@*tface at every occasion
- Eat Before Drinking – Having a balanced meal before drinking can slow down the absorption of alcohol and reduce the likelihood of overindulging.
- Be the Designated Driver – Take turns being the designated driver with friends or family. It provides a reason to limit your alcohol intake.
Enjoy your festivities without feeling restricted or overwhelmed. The holidays are about enjoyment and connection. Family, chosen family and friends.
Remember a few meals of indulgence won’t undo all of your hard work. Don’t start the f@#k it mindset. Consistency over time is what brings you to your desired endpoint. An indulgent meal or two is not going to affect your results. This is balance, this is healthy!
Enjoy your festive celebrations!