Since Christmas is quickly approaching, I have had so many of you express your worry that Christmas will undo all your hard work. Fear not!
To begin with I think it is really important to express that food should never be a worry or a concern, I truly believe eating well should be enjoyable and satisfying. You should never feel restricted or stressed out by eating well. If this is the case then I suggest you contact a nutritionist to help devise a plan which works for you.
Having said this, I also believe Christmas is the time of year which is filled with food and drink. There are certain tips you can use to ensure you stay healthy but that will also enable you to enjoy your mince pies or your glass of mulled wine.
1. Exercise - I strongly recommend a 20 minute HIIT session in the mornings, there are so many fantastic videos on YouTube which takes you through step by step. This won't take up loads of time and doesn't even require you to leave the comfort of your own home.
This morning routine will set you up for the day and enable you to enjoy the extra roast potato or glass of prosecco (or two).
2. Eat a sensible breakfast - Many of us dive straight into the chocolates on Christmas morning. This is not the best idea as the chocolate acts as the catalyst to your blood sugar roller coaster which will continue throughout the day. I suggest you start with a savoury protein packed breakfast (eggs in any form are always my go to) to stabilise your blood sugar and keep you full enough so by the time lunch is ready you're not feeling as though you're eating for two.
3. Pick your times - by all means it is totally ok to eat the chocolate or the cake or to add an extra yorkshire to your plate (after all that is what Christmas is all about) but pick your times to ensure you aren't piling up a little too much throughout the whole Christmas period. The same goes for drinking. Pick a few occasions where you know you'll have a few glasses, just ensure it doesn't become a month long drinkathon!
I hope with these tips you'll be able to stave off the extra Christmas pounds and so by Janurary you'll be feeling fabulous!
All that's left for me to say is - MERRY CHRISTMAS!