Plan for a Healthy Christmas

December is here which means it’s officially Christmas. 

I know plenty of people that will have decided they may as well scrap any sense of healthy eating and exercise now and start again in January. You’re not those people though are you? 

I know you’ve got loads of socialising to do, there’s mince pies and quality street in every office up and down the land so it feels impossible to have any semblance of a healthy lifestyle.

I’m not suggesting you avoid the whole thing in a bid to stay healthy but I am suggesting you at least try and add an element of balance into negotiating the festive period.

Firstly, stick to an exercise habit. It doesn’t have to be your full regular training schedule if some of it clashes with social events; but trying to maintain at least a couple of gym sessions or a short morning run or lunch time walk will actually help to keep your energy levels up for the extra partying you’ve got to do-as well as helping to keep you in shape for those sparkly outfits lads….

Get your diary out now and put in your exercise sessions, taking into account social events, hangovers the next day etc and you might be surprised at how easy it is to fit in 2-3 sessions across the week with a bit of planning, even if it’s just a walk.

Ok, whilst I can’t banish all those treats from your office I can help you plan how to manage them. Back in my office days I got around this by insisting my secretary did all of the coffee making so I didn’t have to go near the treats,  Obviously this showed no regard for my secretary’s health but it s every woman for herself! This of course is not a viable solution…….

Firstly make sure you have your own healthy meals and snacks with you so you aren’t reaching for the chocolate because you’re hungry. Secondly be realistic, you aren’t going to abstain completely but you can limit yourself to one treat per day. So maybe one mince pie or a couple of celebrations instead of your usual afternoon snack is a good way of a having a treat without it being a month long blow out.

Then there’s the alcohol conundrum. Now this stuff appears to be the only advice anyone ever takes on board from me so here goes!

Unfortunately there is no getting around the fact that alcohol has a high calorie content. You can switch to light beer, low alcohol wine but let’s be honest it doesn’t usually taste as good! So, just try not to have a month long drinking session, have some days off and save your drinking for your socialising not just for your regular Tuesday.

Here’s a couple of top picks though if you do want to watch your calories.

 

Champagne-90 cals a glass = winner! Basically fizzy wine tends to be lower calories than other wine so that’s essentially permission to pop corks.

 

Spirts such as Gin, Vodka and Whisky have a calorie content of around 100 calories, it’s the mixers that add calories so stick to diet mixers or soda water and you’re saving hundreds of calories. The supermodels current drink of choice is Vodka, lime and Soda so of its good enough for them…..

 

I’m imagining you’ve all stopped reading now as you’re already on route to the bar…..

 

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