The holidays are a tricky time when it comes to eating healthy because of all the social events, dinner parties, BBQs and of Christmas Day all of which are centered around lots of delicious food.
I definitely think that you should enjoy yourself over the holidays, eat all of your favourite foods and not stress about what you are eating.
But I did just want to give you guys a few tips that will help you to still be able to sort of eat what you want while still not compromising your health and end up feeling bloated, unable to fit a lot of your clothes at the end of the holidays.
1. Exercise regularly
And by exercise I don’t mean going to the gym, just mean moving your body and being more active. Wake up in the morning and do some sort of exercise every morning. You can go for a walk, a run or even make a short workout to do outside. I recommend you do it in the morning as when your on holiday, for most people by 45pm everyone is hanging out together outside with nibbles and drinks and the last thing you will feel like doing is leaving the fun and exercising. And also it will make you feel amazing and could even help to make better food choices during the day.
Something that my family do often is also go for casual evening walks after dinner. Awesome in summer that is doesn’t get dark until 9pm. It will help your food to digest and you can get away with eating more.
Do fun and social exercises and activities during the day like going for bush walks, beach walks, go swimming, hire bikes or canoes, go fishing. Activities like that where you can get your family friends involved and it is a lot of fun at the same time.
2. Mindful eating
You can eat whatever you want but just pay more attention to what and how much you are eating. It can be hard when you are in a social setting to over eat and eat more than you usually would and I think that is because you are chatting with friends and you get distracted….or the food is just really delicious!
So make sure when you eat, you really think about how body is feeling (hungry or not), what you eating, how it tastes, make sure you chew at least 20 times,
3. Load of up your veggies
Experiment with meals that are based around veggies, like these veggie kebabs with satay sauce - they will be great for the BBQ.
Google some yummy summery salads to make, this is something I do – I actually love Analbel Langbiens salads that she has in her recipes books.
And when you dish up your dinner plate, fill half your plate up with your veggies meals.
4. Choose your treats wisely
If you live for Christmas pavlova then go for it, but if you think it is just ok then I would avoid it and go for something else instead where you can really savour and enjoy every single mouthful. Also make some healthy treats as well. This is definitely something I’ll be doing!
5. Enjoy your holiday and don’t stress about your food
This is the time of year where you can really escape the stress of real world and relax with family and friends. Eat your favourite food and enjoy it! Celebrations really are good for your soul so embrace it and switch your mind set to more about enjoying time with family and friends and less so about eating all the delicious holiday food.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year ❤️