Ok, so its the silly season and we all know that means drinking and too much food and heaps of fun! So what I wanted to do was to give you a guide to bulletproof your body against all the goodies you are going to stuff in your mouth this month 🙂
Here is a list of things that I use myself and with clients to soften the blow. Its NOT a prevention plan – that would be sticking to normal habits – but it will go a long way to making sure January 1st is not a devastating day when you visit the beach!
Enjoy and pass it on to your friends so you can keep each other on track!
1. Do a burst of exercise right before you pig out or eat danger foods.
Your body is designed to send nutrients to your muscles after you exercise – its a reward for the hard work of hunting and gathering food!
You can cheat the system a bit here by doing some form of exercise right before you are going to slam down some cookies. An example would be to do burpees or bodyweight squats for 30 seconds before you eat.
Now obviously if you are at the office party then this isnt going to work – you will raise eyebrows pumping out burpees in the staff room before you have egg nog! So if its not covenient to do it right before, then simply up your training frequency during the month.
If you do decide to train more often, its a good idea to shorten your workouts slightly so you dont overtrain.
2. Eat extra good fats.
Fats can slow down the damage to your blood sugar when you eat sweet things. This is good because blood sugar spikes are not good for the fat on your hips and stomach.
Make sure that if you are drinking or eating sweets then you have some coconut oil, butter, avocado or fish oil with the meal.
Fish oil caps travel well in your bag and you can take 2-3 when you have your indulgence without anyone noticing.
3. Start the day off well – eat a high protein and fat brekky.
Most parties dont start before breakfast (even though some continue before brekky!)
Eating a breakfast with a good amount of protein and fat will set you up for the day so that even if you stray later, you will be well prepared. Try eggs cooked in butter with some wilted spinach and small amount of nuts.
4. Don’t eat just because its “time”.
We are all creatures of habit. Normally you eat brekky, lunch and dinner at the same time of day – whether you are hungry or not – just because its “time”.
If you ate 3 helpings of dessert last night and washed it down with a few glasses of pinot, dont just cram breakky tomorrow. See how you feel, if hungry then eat. If not, then you might only need a protein shake with chia instead.
5. Make red wine your poison of choice or vodka and gin (not necessarily together).
Youre going to drink, so lets not pretend otherwise! Red wine has lots of things in it that are beneficial to the body, especially a substance called resveretrol, which is really good for women.
Its not a licence to have a bottle to yourself but 2-3 glasses in a night isnt the end of the world.
If you like something a bit harder, or wine beats you like you stole something, then try vodka or gin. A vodka / gin and soda (not tonic) has very few calories.
6. Try to skip the gluten.
If you can, avoid the foods that you are intolerant to. Most people in my experience that are trying to lose weight dont do very well on gluten. So choose other delicious foods rather than the cake or pastries.
7. Give your liver some help coz its doing all the work!
Your liver requires nutrients to detoxify – it doesnt just happen – and you will definitely eat less veggies this month. Its a fact. This means you are going to miss out on many vitamins and minerals that you normally get.
Taking something to help your liver would be a good idea (and if you get the right thing then it can reduce hangovers!)
A quality greens drink will help replace these missed nutrients and can help your detoxification, or you could take a specific liver support supplement.
8. Take a probiotic.
Sugar, booze, flours and late nights all play havoc with your gut. Make sure to give your gut some help by taking a quality probiotic.
9. Be mindful.
I dont judge anyones choices – except my own I suppose! But I do encourage people to be mindful. There is a difference between eating crap food because its there and indulging when having a really lovely time.
Just be aware, are you eating and drinking because the atmosphere is fun and connected? Or are you using christmas as an excuse to pig out on crap?
Well there you have it! Some tried and tested tips to help you out this Christmas.
Dont try to use all these tips at once, it gets overwhelming. Just choose 2-4 and keep them in mind, whichever make the most sense to you.
Enjoy and much love.