The ‘silly season’ is just about upon us and you probably have lots of end of year functions to attend and navigating all of these parties can make it really tricky to stay focused and on track with your health and fitness goals.
My advice is ‘moderation’ for every day life and the same applies at this time of year too. Navigating these end of year gatherings with a few simple ideas can reduce your chance of a blow out or sabotaging the efforts you have already put in to date. Here’s a few tips:
1/ Ensure you Fit in Your Workouts – prioritizing your workout schedule over this period is even more important than ever before. Don’t let the invites to end of year gatherings push your workout sessions out of the picture entirely. Make sure your workouts are on the calendar first before you start scheduling in all the party invites – or if there is a clash, shift your workout to another time or day to make it up.
2/ Eat before you go – Try eating something light and healthy at home before you go. Heading out on an empty stomach usually results in heading to temptation foods first and/or over eating. Arriving with a little bit of food in your system really helps to reduce blowing out with unnecessary snacking and unhealthy options.
3/ Offer to take a Plate of Food – This way you can make sure there is at least something healthy on offer at the party. There’s lots of healthy options and the easiest ideas are a simple plate of fruit or cut up veggies with hummus dip – get creative with the type of veggies or fruits you choose – especially with fruit as there is so much great variety in season at this time of year. My favourite seasonal fruit for this time of year is mango! And it’s always a great hit with adults and kids alike.
4/ Be Conscious of How Much You are Nibbling On – while you are chatting away it can be super easy to over indulge on nibbles – especially the unhealthy hot food that might get served at gatherings like sausage rolls, meat pies, chips and crisps. This is why eating before you go can make it easier to hold back or refuse the naughty stuff that gets passed out. Avoid the urge to reach out every time a plate of food gets passed around and ask yourself if you really are hungry or just eating for the sake of it and if the food you are being offered has any nutritional value.
5/ Drink Plenty of Water and Limit Alcohol – go easy on the alcohol and make sure you have plenty of water which will also keep you fuller and help avoid the sweet temptations that may be on offer. Alcoholic beverages are just empty calories and as a diuretic your body then has to waste energy ridding it from your system before it can even burn anything else off. You can certainly enjoy yourself with a glass of wine, just avoid going overboard with binge drinking and ruining your hard work…. besides nobody enjoys a hang over or a drunk!
Lastly, avoid the OVER INDULGING! Let’s face it, this time of year always presents us with a few unhealthy foods and desserts – you can still have the in moderation – just don’t go overboard and choose wisely!
Enjoy the Party Season and Stay on Track! – Best wishes & happiness always, Di xo
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