Planning is important. Know when you’re going to be getting merry and try stick to those dates. I have 4.5 dates in my diary where I know I will definitely be eating naughty food and drinking a little too much (yep, precise)
1. A dinner with my best blogging girls Allie and Sarah
2. Office Christmas lunch
3. The office Christmas party
3.5 the day after the office Christmas party – bacon sandwich will be needed.
4. Christmas Day
Now I have these big indulgent days pencilled in, I can plan to do a really big workout. That way I will have earned at least some of the naughty food and drink, guilt-free.
On the days where you aren’t indulging, eat as healthily as you possibly can.
Feeling guilty about eating certain things often leads to more unhealthy eating. It’s the “fuck it” effect, if you will. So you eat all of the chocolate in your advent calendar by 3rd December. Don’t think fuck it and go and eat your sisters and then 10 mince pies. Abandon the guilt and let yourself enjoy the indulgence guilt-free, then get back to your normal routine around it.
What happens in December stays in December, right? Wrong. What happens in December – i.e. eating all of the chocolates, sweets, cake, roast potatoes, and drinking a gallon of gravy – goes with you into the new year in the form of a few extra lbs. The biggest mistake people make is seeing December as a get out of jail free card for eating and drinking whatever, because well, December… and you’ll start a gym membership next year because new year new you. Stop the excuses, cut the crap, and let yourself indulge only when you really need to.
Mince Pies! Chocolate coins! Christmas Pudding! Pigs in Blankets! Stuffing! But are you eating these because you really like them, or because they are just Christmas foods you don’t usually eat? Do you really want a gingerbread latte smothered in cream from Starbucks because it’s a special one-time-of-year thing, or just a normal one? Work it out.
Rather than indulging in every naughty treat on the table, choose your two favourites to treat yourself too. They will feel more special that way. Eat what you love, leave what you like.
I’m not saying skip the free bar or say no to every glass of mulled wine, but unless you have something special planned, it’s best to avoid it as much as you can. When you drink alcohol, your body starts to burn that off before you burn off any food at all. Any food that you eat after or whilst you drink will more than likely be stored as fat – unless you really dance hard on the D-floor. Work out when you’re major festive parties and meet-ups are planned and allow yourself to drink then, but skip that casual glass of red by the fire on your evenings in.
If you must, take a less calorific option! A big hefty squeeze of lime will make this better. Or cucumber.
Oversized clothes look cool, but they’ll encourage you to eat more as they have oh so much room for expansion! Body-conscious clothing will keep you just that – body conscious, so you won’t want to over indulge so much.