‘Tis the silly season…and the time of year when we unwind,
let our hair down, spend time with family and friends, and of
course, celebrate ! As a result, we mope in the aftermath of
overindulgence, bloated bellies, and possibly a few extra kilos.
Your mind shifts into holiday gear and your routine disappears; but
a few “tweaks” can keep you on track …
Be mindful, especially of eating more than you need, and of
alcohol and soda intake. Using a side plate is a great way to have
a smaller portion. Make enough food for only one helping, or be
disciplined to put extra food away for another day. Drink plenty of
water (it’s good for you AND medicinal)
Avoid going to a party hungry! Have a healthy snack before you
leave home (meaning less of unhealthy snacks at the party?). Or
offer to take a plate of healthy snacks, salad, or dessert to the
party and you can enjoy – guilt free.
Alcohol in moderation… Consider using a smaller glass, offer to
be in charge of topping up the drinks. Avoid creamy or sweet
drinks, as they are higher in sugar. Drink plenty of water (alcohol is
dehydrating and more water will help in not overeating and you
will feel better the next day.
Exercise. Increase your metabolism. Walking is a great way to start
the day. Get the whole family on board – it’s a good way to spend
quality time together.
Above all else, be gentle with yourself. If you do happen to
overindulge, don’t punish yourself, but rather get back on track
as soon as you can.
Fiona Thornton – Nutrition and Health Coach