MY TIPS ON STAYING HEALTHY IN MIND AND BODY OVER CHRISTMAS
As we come into the festive season, we often get hit with lots more social eating occasions, and it’s easy to let routine and diet go out the window. (Your on holiday after all!)
But when you’ve got a health goal in mind and trying to stay on track, this lack of routine and exposure to unplanned food can be a little scary and stressful.
I always used to struggle round Christmas time for this very reason. But really it doesn’t need to be stressful and there are a few tips id like to share with you that have helped me get to a happy place with food over Christmas…
1. ALLOW FOR IMPERFECT EATING
It’s what you do consistently that will have an impact on your body, not what you have as a once off. That piece of pavlova, or a few too many Chocolates on one day will not make you wake up 2kg heavier the next. Enjoy it, accept it for what it is “a treat” and move on.
2.. DON’T OVER RESTRICT
If you struggle with balance, and not letting a treat become a binge, look at your base diet.
1. Over restricting during the day?
2. Skipping meals?
3. Lacking in nutrients?
All of the above will cause cravings and make moderation a battle. Often its when we are being too strict or “dieting” that we send our bodies into a frenzie when high calorie food becomes available.
Count nutrients not calories during the day and notice the difference in your cravings.
3. GET IN TUNE WITH YOUR SATIETY
️Are you eating more because your still hungry or because of an emotion/boredom/ or a “just caus it’s there” mentality. It’s okay to have treats, but you should always enjoy the last bite as much as the first. Not eating it for the sake of eating something bad. Practice eating to satisfaction and stopping BEFORE you are full.
Notice how much lighter and less bloated you are in the morning
4. Focus MORE on the OCCASION and LESS on the FOOD – remember you are there to socialise not just to eat! Move away from the snacks table, and stop looking at the food once your full. Then make an effort to make conversion and socialise with people around you.
Now please understand you are not expected to nail these all at once, (I still haven’t ) but the key is to at least start practicing. It’s about baby steps, getting in tune with your body, and removing the stress over what should be very merry occasions.
All the best! And Happy holidays
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