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Surviving the Holidays and Special Occasions

December is finally here! Lots of weddings, festivities, Christmas parties, travelling, school events, end of year celebrations and almost everyone is celebrating something somewhere! It is a time of the year where gatherings with family and friends revolve heavily around food and drinks.
 Holiday treats may tempt you everywhere you turn and eating healthy can be especially hard at these times. On average we can put on 0.5-1kg this time of year, which can be particularly hard to lose. If you do not manage to lose it, and the same thing happens each year, after a few years of festive indulges can lead to considerable weight gain.
So before all these exciting events start, here are some tips to help you stick to your healthy journeys while celebrating.
  • Avoid over-indulgence and binging. It what you do on a daily basis that defines your results, so if you end up binging on one day, do not beat yourself up about it and continue the over-indulgence. Just try to be healthier the next day and get back to your regular way of eating and drinking.
  • Ideally avoid alcohol, however, if you do decide to drink, drink sensibly and within the recommended limits. Alcohol can interfere with your blood sugar by slowing the release of glucose into the bloodstream; it also contain a lot of calories – 89 calories per glass of white wine or champagne, 55 calories in a shot of vodka, and 170 calories in a pint of beer. Drinking too much alcohol can breakdown your inhibitions and judgment, which can make you drink more, eat more and make the wrong food choices.
  • Never drink of on empty stomach. Have a meal with some protein the size of your palm, complex carbs the size of your fist and a rainbow of delicious veggies or salad instead of high fat nibbles and party food which can tempting and difficult to limit especially when you are hungry.
  • Protect your gut health. Start your day with 1/w tsp of coconut oil on empty stomach or mix into your mug of hot water and lemon as it can help protect your intestinal lining from gluten, sugar and alcohol and keep taking your probiotics daily.
  • Again, ideally avoid sugar. Try to resort to clean treats using wholesome and natural ingredients. But if you can’t resist, try to practice portion control.
  • Make moving your priority. Daily activity even for 30 minutes a day and move during your day by walking, talking the stairs and being as active as possible.
  • Workout. Try to find a way to continue your workouts in between your events, rushing around and travelling. If there is a will, there is always a way!
  • Make sure you are not sleep deprived. Catch up on your sleep since sleep deprivation can make you even hungrier during the day.
  • Don’t wait till 2017 to start your new healthy lifestyle resolution. Every day counts so start today.
  • Cleanse and support your liver. Have a smoothie rich in antioxidants by adding 1 carrot since the liver converts the beta-carotene in carrots to Vitamin A which helps flush toxins from the body while reducing fat in the liver, adding 1 handful of kale which contains 45 antioxidant polyphenols, 1 green apple which is filling and full of fiber and some fresh ginger which helps soothe the digestive tract, reduce bloating and has anti-inflammatory compounds.
Wishing you a happy December!
Nadine El Alaily
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