December.... The month of class parties, office parties, family parties, and any other excuse to have a party. Not only do we over-indulge during said parties, but then there is Christmas. Between the rum balls, plum puddings and Grandma's stuffed turkey - everything we know about good nutrition seems to fly out the window! We know we shouldn't eat all that evil food, but we just can't help ourselves!
As a Personal Trainer I never tell my clients that they "cannot" have something. If you want to eat it, go ahead! Everything in moderation. But in the month where excessive eating rules, that doesn't count! I understand that there is very little moderation when you have all that yummy food in front of you!
Here are some top tips to survive the party season without tipping the scales!
1. Never arrive hungry.
Sounds silly, but if you have a healthy snack before you go to a party, you'd be less likely to overindulge! You can still try Nanna's pudding, but you just won't have as much.
2. Have your cake, but only a small portion!
Which brings me to my next point. Now is not the time to eat because the food is yummy! Portion control!!!!!!! When you start to feel full. Stop eating!
3. Drink LOTS of water!
If you know you have a big night ahead, make sure you have a nutritious breakfast, and drink lots of water.
4. Eat your veggies!
Rather stock up on the greens instead of the unhealthy options!
4. If you can't get to the gym, go for a run (or a walk)!
You don't need a gym to get a workout in! Put on your trainers - and go. And the benefit of hitting the pavement - you have to get back to point A! So you have to keep going! :-)
5. Think about it.
Think about your health & fitness journey so far. Is it worth it? Don't undo all the good you have done until now.
But most importantly, whether you celebrate Chanukah, Christmas or whatever, enjoy this special time with your friends and family! If you are travelling, do so safely!
See you in the new year!