- November 18th, 2012
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As the end of the week approaches, I’m eyeing up my calendar and realising that we have no free weekends until next year, and the “social season” approaches. As most of us know, the Christmas Fun season involves lots of food and lots of drink, but it doesn’t always have to mean packing on the pounds! Here are my tips for Christmas Fun that won’t leave you looking (and feeling!) like a Christmas turkey:-
1. Be the Designated Driver
Most parties involve alcohol, the attitude of “eat, drink and be merry”, and this can mean dangerous empty calories, hangovers leading to letting training and diet slip, and late nights. Having a couple of nights out isn’t the end of the world, but going out every weekend between now and January won’t do wonders for your health, or your waistline. Perhaps take it in turns with friends to be the designated driver for the night- that way, you can have your night out too. My previous article on alcohol and the ill effects might give you a few things to think about that might change your mind about drinking!
2. Don’t Go Out Hungry
If you are going somewhere where you know there will be food, make sure you eat first if you don’t want to fall victim to the attractive spread of nibbles or the dessert on the menu when you go out or visit people. This includes going to do your shopping- people who go and do their food shopping hungry always buy more than they need, and be sure to bring a list with you!
3. Bring Emergency Rations
If you know that you will be traveling or you will be out and about for a while, bring some prepared food with you or a protein shake (I love my new Extreme Nutrition Turbo shaker, I can bring more than one scoop around with me!) Never make the excuse in your mind that you are hungry, so “eating a little something that’s naughty is OK”, because you will probably regret it afterwards.
4. Don’t be Afraid to Say NO!
One thing I cannot stand is when people try to pressure you into eating or drinking something that you do not want. I probably find it a little easier, because I have Crohns Disease and I can explain that certain foods just don’t agree with me. I have been known to tell clients in the past that a little white lie about a food allergy hurts nobody; it prevents the endless questions about your “diet”, and stops people sabotaging what you are doing, whether they mean to or not.
5. Be Strong
Remember WHY you choose to eat clean- think of all the reasons you want to eat a healthy diet and just remind yourself when you are offered tempting treats and festive nibbles, whether you want to look great, you want to feel great, you want to wear your favourite little black dress this season, you want to make some decent gains through the winter, or otherwise!