Updated: Jun 17
Well this time of year it all seems like party party party. Chocolates and mince pies going round the office and not a healthy piece of food in sight. It can get a bit overwhelming so I'm here to give you a few tips on how to stay well balanced and make the right choices over the festive period. I'm not saying don't eat them at all and stay well away. No of course you can't do that. Being healthy means making the right choices but also not depriving yourself of a treat every now and again. You are the one in control of what you put in your mouth. We'll start with breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Do you remember your parents saying that everyday, well it's actually true. You body has been starved for 12 hours or slightly less because of your sleep. Where as during the day, you probably eat every 3 - 4 hours or so. Once you are awake, your body needs good fuel to function. Think of it like a car, you wouldn't put diesel in a petrol car as that would not work. So your body is the same. You need to good foods to help you fuel your body for the day ahead. Your body needs protein and good carbohydrates. For example Porridge (carbohydrates) with your choice of milk, a spoonful of nut butter (protein) a sprinkling of seeds (I love Chia seeds) and some fresh fruit (fibre) on top. I also mix 2 squares of 100% dark chocolate for my chocolate fix. Good carbohydrates are a slow release energy source so will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Make your snacks a healthy choice. - Carrot sticks and Hummous - Rice cake with a nut butter on top - Apple slices dipped in nut butter - Whole boiled egg - Greek yoghurt, honey and fresh fruit - Protein Shake - Fruit (and lots of it) - A handful of nuts Lunch should be another choice with slow, releasing carbs and protein. There's no point in having a salad which consists of a couple of tomatoes, cucumber and a bit of wilting lettuce which has been at the back of the fridge for a few weeks. This is just not sustainable and definitely won't fill you up. You need a good protein source. Chicken breast, or eggs included in your salad. Add some nuts (cashews) I love in salads. Dinner should include whole foods for example Whole grain rice, lots of veggies and again a good source of protein. Anyone who knows me, knows I absolutely love protein. An example of a good dinner would be chicken breast, lots of greens (steamed to keep the nutrients in) and whole grains (brown rice, whole grain pasta) etc. So if you are going out partying, then try to be savy about your choice of drinks. Of course you will probably be going out everyday or nearly everyday after work with your office pals. Have one or two drinks but mix it up with a pint of water in between drinks. This will then make you feel fuller but also allow you not to put those empty calories into your body. Before you go to bed, drink a pint of water and you'll feel better in the morning. This will keep you hydrated throughout the night, whereas alcohol will dehydrate you. When it comes to food during the party day, don't limit yourself throughout the day so you feel you can overindulge at the actual party. If you did this, your stomach will shrink and you will feel less pressure to overeat. Before going to the party, eat a nutritious snack, that way you won't feel to bad about eating the party food. Remember eat till you are feeling full. Don't just eat because its there. If there are canapés floating around, try to limit your amount, that way you will eat your dinner. If it's a buffet style dinner, choose a smaller plate, I know this sounds weird but it'll trick your mind into feeling fuller for longer. Also put your knife and fork down in between bites. This will allow your food to go down before your next bite. If you feel you are eating to many mince pies or chocolates, then just add a few more greens into your daily routine. I'm definitely not saying don't eat them, I'm just saying be a little more savy when it comes to your choices. Everyone over indulges this time of year then wants to 'go on a diet' in January only to then stop the healthy eating 2 weeks later because 'it's so hard'. Start making the right choices now and you'll be set up for January. If you make the right choices you will have an amazing festive period and not feel guilty about the goods you are eating. My signature program gives you a nutrition plan for you to follow and stay healthy. Have a look at the Signature Program section on my website www.easyoga.co.uk or contact me for more information. Happy festive period everyone.