Tired? Irritable? Hungover? Gippy tummy?

`Tis the season to be jolly – jolly over-fed, jolly tired and jolly hung over

If the seasonal spirit you enjoy is usually mixed with tonic water, then it is not surprising if you feel delicate. But with a little judicious planning you can limit the damage and get through to the other end of the festivities without feeling like you need to go to bed for a week.

So here are our top 10 tips to try this season….

 1. Don’t try to diet over the festive period.  Set a maintenance goal instead.  This is more realistic and more achievable.  This will give you the freedom to enjoy yourself without the feelings of deprivation or the pressure to rebel…!

 

2. Normal routine tends to go out the window over Christmas.  However make sure you don’t forget about yourself and still take the time to plan your food.  That way you will still have the right choices in the house and it will be much easier for you to succeed.  At a point where you don’t want to eat the wrong things it is a shame to fail just because that is all we have to hand.  This is so easy to avoid just by giving it a few minutes’ thought and preparation.

 

3. Make the effort to continue with your exercise programme.  If your usual classes aren’t running, choose other options instead eg. Brisk walks or jogs or better yet interval training with friends and family, exercises you can do at home such as lunges, press ups, squats and mountain climbers.  Click here for my home workout the 300. Do 1 to 3 rounds for a 10 to 30 minute quick workout.

 

4. Don’t go to a party hungry.  If you do, you will be fighting your body’s urges for sugar…  Ensure you have a protein based snack before you go.  This will put you back in control.

 

5. Watch your portion sizes – particularly fast release carbohydrates and fats together. Remember fat with out starch will not promote weight gain.

 

6. Make good alcohol choices.  Avoid creamy or sweet drinks.  Stick to one drink and drink a pint of water for every drink you have. Try to drink with food as this will reduce the impact of the sugars on your blood stream.

 

7. Drink plenty of water.  This will encourage you not to over eat and will also improve how you feel the next day!

 

8.Be gentle with yourself.  If you do happen to overindulge, enjoy whatever you are indulging in and get back on track afterwards.

 

9. Wear a tight fitting dress or fitted shirt (for the lads).  This way you will feel less likely to indulge in a huge dinner.

 

10. If you are hosting, send left over food home with your guests and if you are going to a party bring your own dish. This way you will know there will be something there for you to eat.

 

Have a great holiday season and lets make 2019 a Healthy and Happy New Year!