It’s very easy nowadays to get swept away during the festive season, especially with all the parties and feasts. However, you don’t need to deprive yourself or only eat “boring” foods or consume sugar treats with a side of guilt. Here are some helpful tips to get you through the holiday season without feeling the need to add “Go on a Diet” to your new year’s resolution.
1. Before indulging on festive food at a party, make sure you consume a balanced meal beforehand, that way a few bite size pieces of brownie will be all you need to feel satisfied.
2. Low blood sugar from hunger increases cortisol levels, which leads to cravings for fatty, salty, and sugary foods. Instead of restricting food intake before a big meal, nibble on healthy snacks such as raw veggies, nuts, and fruit throughout the day to avoid a full-blown gorge-fest where no crumb is left behind.
3. It sounds silly, but lots of people don’t even realize when they’re eating! Taking the time to choose the food you really want to consume and then actively focusing on enjoying the taste, texture and even smell of each bite, this will naturally help you slow down and stop when you’re full.
4. Don’t just eat something because it’s holiday themed- if you don’t enjoy the food then don’t eat it. Do you really even like Mince Pies or Eggnog Lattes? Or if you could have any treat, would you choose your favourite ice cream or hot cocoa instead? Just because a food is seasonal doesn’t mean you have to eat it.
5. If you do like seasonal food, such as Mince Pies, try making them throughout the year and prevent some of that “last-chance eating”. By promising to make festive treats all year round you know the food is available again, which means you won’t feel the urge to “Go for Broke” and overeat.
6. Between work schedules, holiday travelling, and all that shopping, it can be easy to skimp on sleep in order to get your “to-do list” done, but getting a consistent six to ten hours of sleep every night helps regulate hormones, promotes recovery from workouts, and prevents daily fatigue—plus it keeps you from face-planting directly into your mum’s apple pie & high calorie treats. There’s really no such thing as “catching up” on sleep, so the key is consistency
7. Take 10 before taking seconds. It takes a few minutes for your stomach’s “I’m getting full” signal to reach your brain. After finishing your first helping, take a 10-minute break. Make conversation. Drink some water. Then recheck your appetite. You might realize you’re full, or only want a small portion of seconds.
Finally, have a wonderful time