This is probably the most stressful time of year with all the social engagements, obligatory work functions, deadlines, gift buying, cookie making… and all the Christmas chocolates and festive cakes eyeing you down. It’s time for me to gift you with tips and tricks to stay hot through the holidays.
1. LOAD UP ON VEGGIES: Low calorie, high nutritional value, high water volume therefore very filling. Enough said. I know it’s a boring one 🙂
2. DON’T ALLOW A CHEAT DAY TO BECOME A FOUR DAY BINGE: It’s called a holiDAY not a HoliWEEK or a holiMONTH. It’s great to indulge and treat yourself, just don’t make it a daily thing!
3. IT’S OK TO SAY NO: Food pushers can try and guilt you into trying everything at a party, just insist you’re full or say if there’s leftovers you’ll take it home and try it later. You don’t have to clean your plate.
4. DRINK WATER: I challenge you to drink at least 2L of water a day. You’ll be surprised at how much less hungry you feel. If you want seconds, drink a big glass of water first.
5. TASTE EVERYTHING, EAT NOTHING: Basically means try it all but just eat smaller portions. You can eat bites of everything that looks good to you but you don’t need a whole slice of pecan pie and a slice of fruitcake and ice cream, have a few tastes of each.
6. PICK YOUR POISON: You love cheese? Eat a little. You love desserts? Have a small slice of cake. Just don’t indulge in all of them. Think of what you really want, and what you love, and eat it. Don’t waste calories and space on your stomach on something you only feel so-so about. If you don’t HAVE to have it, forget it and load up on what you love. Enjoy your splurges.
7. EAT BEFORE HAND: If you starve yourself all day you’re way more likely to binge so eat lots of fruit, veggies, and lean proteins before to fill you up.
8. AVOID SAUCES AND DIPS: These add extra calories you probably won’t even miss.
9. MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF AND EXERCISE: This is important so you can burn calories, decrease your stress and not kill people.
10. DRINK SMART: Obviously no one likes to spend Christmas sober… well at least not in my house, but drink smart. This means vodka and soda or water, wine or wine spritzers with perrier, champagne… tequila shots are lower cal than margaritas so CHEERS!
My main advice is to aim to maintain. This isn’t the time to start a crazy diet and workout regime, because you will drink too many Candy Cane Martini’s and miss a few spin classes, but whatever! You can totally indulge without undoing all the hard work you’ve put in all year long.
Remember, people worry about what they eat between Christmas and New Years, but they SHOULD worry about what they eat between New Year’s and Christmas. Think about it, it’s a lifestyle and not a quick fix. Consistency is key!
Happy Holidays my Loves! Hope Santa is good to you whether you’ve been naughty or nice.
Bailey Brown – Holistic Nutritionist and Studio Happiness Manager
At GuavaPass we believe in walking the talk. Our teams around the world are filled with fitness enthusiasts who live and breathe fitness. Meet Bailey Brown, coming all the way from Canada, this beautiful blonde is from GuavaPass team Australia, sitting at our Melbourne office. More than just her good looks, Bailey is a certified holistic nutritionist and personal trainer. Discover her tips and tricks to stay on track with your health and fitness.