Chances are your calorie intake will increase over the holidays, so you need to try and keep the balance (in vs out) by keeping on top of your exercise. If you are off work and away from home, your daily routine changes Its very easy to fall out of the habit of regular exercise over the holidays. Try and make exercise a daily habit. Don’t think of it as chore that will take up hours of your day, it can be as little as 20 mins. If you do some exercise first thing in the morning you will be starting your day off on a positive note. You are then more likely to make better food choices and be more active throughout the day. Pick activities you like to do. Try and do something fun and include friends or family.Maybe try out some new activities like: paddle boarding, surfing, mountain biking, hiking etc..
Keep an eye on my Facebook page for some workouts that can be done with minimal equipment. For some workout ideas go to: Workouts
Do things, don't just eat things! Put the focus on time spent with family and friends and doing things you enjoy. You dont want to look back and have your memories to based on a piece of cheesecake or a chicken parma you had!
You dont have to deprive yourself, but you also dont have to eat everything in sight! If there is a dessert you really fancy on the menu, then you can have piece. But dont just get dessert for the sake of it.
Eating lean meats, fruit and vegetables means you will be filling up on low calorie, nutrient dense foods. These foods help keep you feeling full for longer. And they ensure you are topped up with all the vitmains and nutrients your body needs.
People will often consume 300- 500 calories before their main course by chowing down the bread basket, garlic breads, bread sticks etc... They are calorie heavy, very easy to over eat and pretty much devoid of any good nutrition.
When eating out try and have a salad to start. This will curb your appetite and help fill you up with some nutritious veggies. If you are going to a party and you know there is going to be lots of unhealthy food on offer, eat a healthy salad at home before you go.Then there will be a lot less temptation to keep reaching for the junk at the buffet.
Stay away from sugary cocktails, juices and soft drinks. I am not saying you cant enjoy a drink, just stick to good quality beers, wines and spirits. But don’t go crazy on them. Avoid sugary soft drinks as mixers. Remember to drink plenty of water on nights where you are consuming alcohol to help keep hydrated.
If you are trying to be good at all these parties and functions you are going to feel like you are missing and there is a greater chance of breaking and going on a bender. Pick one or two days where you can have all your favorite treats. This works as a sort of a light at the end of the tunnel for the days when you may be struggling to stay away from the crap foods. If you have a splurge day as part of the plan, you are in control and you are more likely to get back on track the next day.
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