With Christmas being such a festive time of year we all know that we eat and drink far too much. Then January comes around and instantly we’re all on a total health kick trying to lose the weight we gained by eating boxes of celebrations and pigs in blankets.
Can we really blame ourselves? Christmas is once a year and the holiday season is full of parties, events and special times that we can’t help ourselves but indulge on our favourite foods. It’s hard to eat healthy during the year let alone at Christmas!
I do have a few tips for making sure we keep to our diets and not gain an extra stone in weight to add more pressure to overselves in January. I’m by no means an angel at this, I can’t help but open the chocolates and treats when everybody else does but this year I’ve promised myself that I’ll be making better choices but still be happy and comfortable when making those bad ones.
I’ve said it before but it’s natural that we all need our treats but in limits. So, if you know you have an event or party to go to where you’ll be drinking and eating foods you normally wouldn’t. Prepare yourself throughout the day, eat healthier and lighter and work out harder. After you’ve treated yourself, instead of falling back into bad habits the next morning, make good ones. Whether you like it or not, eat the fruit, work out and be excited for your next treat. One meal does not ruin a whole diet and you won’t gain 7lb from eating a few chocolates or some greasy food.
When I’m at home in the evenings and the treats are out, staring at me from across the room, I always resist temptation and grab the tin. However, this year, instead of grabbing the tin I’ve portioned up the chocolates into packets to limit myself to how many I can have. In each packet I’ve put 4 chocolates, which I think is actually quite generous. There’s no harm in 4 sma chocolates whilst watching the TV. Again though, resist temptation throughout the day and drink plenty of water.
On that note, drink lots of water and distract yourself. Half the time you aren’t even hungry but the thought of having a chocolate is just mouth watering. Drinking water will keep you hydrated and fill that need for food.
A final note, don’t feel guilty. It’s Christmas and we all deserve to treat ourselves. You get one month out of the year to really celebrate and embrace your achievements and life and the gift of family, friends and loving. So enjoy it!
With love, Beth x