Last week we looked at how we can emotionally cope with Christmas. This week we look at how to cope with all the food and drink that is on offer ! Firstly though, I’m going to let you into a big secret:
That’s right ! Let’s not get too hung up on what we eat over Christmas and New Year; However here are some basic rules to think about:
- Have a healthy snack before you go to a party so that you don’t over-indulge on the processed snack food
- If you are the host over the festive season, remember some healthy options too so that people have a choice
- Don’t sit or stand within arm’s reach of the snacks-you will pick at them, just because they’re there
- Don’t punish yourself after a party by not eating. Have a green smoothie or salad and laugh about what a great night it was
- If you are going to a family member’s house, get involved with the food planning and offer to take some healthy dishes
- Don’t give up on the exercise during this period. It might seem hard but it will be even harder when you are trying to get back into it
- Get enough sleep. 7-8 hours is ideal but some people need more, some people need less. Work out what is right for your body
- Alternate drinks-that doesn’t mean beer and wine! That means ensuring that you are drinking water in between the alcoholic drinks.
- If you are not drinking, consider healthy options such as coconut water or kombucha-a fermented drink which tastes great and is good for your gut health too
- Remember portion control. It is all too easy this time of year to pile up the plates, go back for seconds and keep the plate overflowing at the buffet. Don’t be scared to try everything offered, but in moderation
And lastly relax, eat, drink and have fun. This period doesn’t last forever and we are all allowed to indulge every now and then!