Surviving the 'Silly Season'
Summer is well and truly here and Christmas is only days away. During the ‘Silly Season’, it is very easy for healthy eating and lifestyles to go out the window as we overindulge in amazing food, desserts and alcohol. But, with a little thought and planning, it is very easy to stay healthy whilst still enjoying all of the holiday celebrations!
Stick to a routine
Keep up with your exercise, healthy eating and sleep regime. You have worked hard throughout the year and there’s no need to give up now! When you break habits (all of the good ones that you have made), it is so much harder to get back into it.
- Plan your weekly meals and social occasions at the start of the week.
- Stock your fridge and pantry with seasonal produce.
- Schedule exercise into your week so that you’ll never miss a workout.
- Practice sleep hygiene – go to bed at the same time each night.
- If you fall off the wagon at one occasion or meal, don’t use this as an excuse to keep going.
- Be realistic – set yourself achievable goals and expectations for this time of year.
Be prepared for social occasions
This time of year is filled with work Christmas parties, barbecues, family lunches, nights out… Being prepared is going to be your key to success!
- Take a healthy plate to celebrations. Make a platter with fruit, chopped vegetable sticks, wholegrain crackers and dips.
- Have a snack before you arrive at a social occasion.
- Not every occasion is a ‘special occasion’ – pick and choose where you are going to indulge a little and where you are going to hold back.
- Don’t feel guilty for indulging – it’s a time for celebration and feeling guilty wont make you feel any better. Enjoy yourself!
- Its okay to say ‘NO’ – know your limits!
Be mindful and present
With all the delicious food and drinks around, it can be very easy to overeat and overindulge, whilst not actually being conscious and present in these situations. It is amazing how much more you can enjoy food, just by practicing a little mindfulness.
- Be mindful and present whilst eating – chew well, enjoy the taste and listen to your hunger cues.
- Put your cutlery down in between each mouthful. This will slow down your eating, allowing you to become more aware of your hunger. It also gives you a chance to chat with friends and family!
- Don’t go in with an ‘all or nothing’ mentality. Choose foods that you LOVE and save the LIKE foods for another day.
- Share a serve of dessert with a friend.
- Go for quality over quantity when making your choices.
Watch your alcohol
Alcohol can increase your overall energy intake, as it is high in calories, is often mixed with sugary drinks and can lead to poor dietary choices. Alcohol provides empty calories (no nutritional benefits). If consumed in excess, it can contribute to weight gain (and a terrible hangover!!).
- Have something to eat before you start drinking.
- Have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink.
- Don’t let others refill your glass.
- Choose spirits and mix them with soda water or diet soft drinks.
- Schedule alcohol free days into your week.
This time of year is special so be sure to enjoy yourself. Spend time with those you love, eat your favourite foods, sleep in and take some extra time for you!
Have a beautiful and merry Christmas – I can’t wait to see you all in the New Year!