Can't believe its the first of December!!! Eeek! With all the Christmas festivities coming up I thought this was a good topic to write about.
I have always been that person who thinks “to hell with it, I have given in and eaten a crisp, I might as well forget my healthy eating for the rest of the day” and this is followed by more crisps, multiple visits to the buffet food … and a very uncomfortable feeling afterwards (oh, and a bit of guilt!!).
This year I have been desperately working on this side of eating, the psychology of eating. There is so much more to food then knowing what is good and bad for you. In the summer I felt like I had finally started to crack it, but this winter has been a test! Many feelings of wanting to climb into the duvet after work, and eat a warm pie with gravy. Yes we all get those cravings, even a nutritionist and soon to be PT! Getting to the gym and sticking to the healthy meals planned has been tough at times – and the true test will come at Christmas.
For this reason, I have developed some rules to try and stick to over the holidays, which are as much for me as they are for you!! I hope they help you enjoy Christmas whilst not going so overboard that you have a lot of work to do in January!
1. Eat the pie and accept it.
If you want to eat a pie, Christmas pudding, or even eat chocolate for breakfast – do it, embrace it and most of all enjoy it! Savor it as much as you can and eat it slowly. There is NOTHING wrong with having a treat. If we don’t have a treat that we really want, all we will do is crave it more and you probably won’t be enjoying the company of others as all you will be thinking about is that dam treat! HOWEVER … only have that treat if that is really what you want … which leads me nicely onto the next step …
2. Stop mindless eating.
I am sure some of you are with me on this one, and sometimes find yourself eating a plateful of food that you aren’t actually enjoying that much, or having Christmas pudding that you would never choose if eating out … just “because it’s Christmas”. Yes have a treat, but don’t eat mindlessly just for the sake of it. Be aware of what you’re eating, and think to yourself, “do I actually want this, or need this”
3. Portion control.
This is a difficult one at Christmas when there is so much on offer. I quite often find myself with a Christmas lunch overflowing with gravy, or a buffet plate with a small mountain on it. But try to be aware of portion control this Christmas. When a buffet style lunch or dinner is up for grabs, start with a small plate and only fill it with the things you really want, and limit yourself to one of each thing for now. If you really aren’t satisfied 20 minutes post eating, then you can always have more if you need it, but best start off slow and see how you go! (Oh and don’t forget those veggies and fruit too – colour is great on a plate!)
Your exercise plan doesn’t have to go to pot over the holidays. Yes the gym might be closed at times, or you might have family round and feel you can’t get to it. But there are still many things you can do! I enjoy going for an early morning jog on Christmas morning (when people are getting showered) or Boxing Day morning (great to burn off any excess form Christmas day!) … I also love to go out with the whole family for a nice wintery walk after Christmas day lunch. You can also find many at-home workouts to follow online (I am hoping to post one next week, so look out for it!)
5. Small switches.
If you do end up overeating slightly (which is quite inevitable at this time, compared to a normal day), make up for it another time. Whether this be having a smaller evening meal that day, or making a small change to your snack (have a satsuma and a small chocolate, instead of sitting with the tin of chocolates and putting yourself in a food coma!)
So I hope by doing these five small changes you can enjoy Christmas, but also stay on top of your game a little, and feel great in your LBD on New Year’s Eve!!
HAPPY FIRST OF DECEMBER!!!!!!!!!!