With Christmas fast approaching, it’s often that time of year when we feel guilty about choices that perhaps aren’t so beneficial for our health.
Thankfully, it is never too late to make changes and step forward into improving your overall health and wellbeing – even through the Silly Season! Make this summer your healthiest yet by taking these simple, achievable steps to really start to form healthy habits geared to having the most successful 2019!
Water plays such a key role in our fat-loss journey, not to mention how much better we feel when our bodies remain hydrated throughout the day. Hunger can often be mistaken for thirst so ensuring you are having adequate water throughout the day will stop you from overeating as well! Water also helps boost our metabolism and increases our energy levels not to mention helps to detoxify the body, which is so important this time of year! I cannot stress the importance of water this time of year as our alcohol consumption may be higher then usual as is the amount of treats that are sneaking into your diet ;)
Don’t be one of those people that skips out on the exercise because your “too busy”. With the extra calorie consumption over the Silly Season it is crucial we are balancing that out with extra caloric expenditure meaning move your body more to burn more calories! Continue training hard in those gym sessions, factor in time to go for a walk before or after work or even park your car the furthest away from the Shopping Centre – your waistline will thank you for it and you will enter 2018 feeling fit, fresh and fabulous ready to smash your new goals!
Get creative with healthy snacks and platters
There are SO many fun ways to up your fruit and veggies content over the Christmas period – you just need to be prepared and get creative in the kitchen! Try making your own homemade veggie dips with veggie sticks, a kiwi and berry wreath or fruit skewers! Homemade Bliss Balls and Raw Slices are also great additions for your Office Parties or Christmas day platters!
Load up the plate with nutritious options first.
One of my FAVOURITE things about Christmas is all of the delicious food options available! My tips for buffet eating: fill your plate with the nutritious options first! Salads, fresh fruit, healthy dips and lean meats. Then with the remaining space pop a spoonful of those goodies you look forward to eating every year (In my case it’s my Uncles potato salad!).
Following on from nutritious options on your plate is to be strategic!
To avoid overeating, overfilling and having a head that is WAY bigger than your stomach why not try the following:
Sleep is absolutely essential to weight-loss as it aids in balancing hormone levels, assists with maintaining a normal appetite as well as metabolism. Not to mention, being tired impairs our judgment often causing us to skip exercise, drink more coffee and crave more food causing us to over-eat. Aim for 7-9 hours sleep over the Christmas period to ensure your body continues to function optimally!
Don’t let one day de-rail you
Often one or two days, or even a week, of over-indulging sets us back mentally. Be kind on yourself and don’t let this stop you from getting back on track once the festivities are over!
Be realistic with any goals and don’t forget to still enjoy yourself!
During the Christmas period it’s inevitable that your progress or routine will be effected in some way and this is perfectly fine. After all, this is a time for enjoying the company of family and friends so most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself!
Start 2019 on the right track to become the BEST version of YOU!