Sick of feeling bloated during and after the festive period? Well, with smart choices and sticking to a healthy plan you no longer need to. It has to be said for many of you, this time of year is an excuse to slacken and ignore the healthy lifestyle you have created for yourself. There are lots of unhealthy, poor choices to have and many of you will make these with a view to re kindle the healthy eating 'flame' back in the new year. But I want to remind you of why it is important to stick at it and not go off track this time round.
Don't Be A Scrooge
Peer pressure is one of the reasons why you will skip the healthy stuff and go for a festive treat(s). If you so much as merely point out you are eating healthy over the Christmas period you could be labelled a scrooge. Oh and by the way, this isn't a good thing! Work parties, night outs, alcohol and all the other frills and frolics that come with Christmas could steer you off track. It's proven that when you eat a food which contains artificial chemicals and sweeteners your body becomes adjusted to it and craves it. Your body will crave these foods for 14 days (depending on your body type) and will leave you wanting more of it. Stay smart, make the right choices.
Stick To A Plan
Often I will be told the reason why you went off track was because you couldn't help it. The temptation was there and you couldn't help yourself but enjoy the treats. Erroneous, the reason why you veer off track is because you don't have a plan to stick to. You have nothing telling you to stick to something and this then means you can't keep track of what is healthy and what is not. It is far too easy to neglect the healthy foods and eat something bad because it is Christmas.
Christmas Is Not An Excuse
Do not use the Christmas period as a time to forget your goals and forget the healthy lifestyle you have built up. For months and months you have been eating, exercising and leading a lifestyle which makes you happy, energetic and productive. Do not forget that. Read on to find out what you can do.
What Can You Do
Write a plan and keep to it for the 31 days of December. If you work in an office environment you will face foods and drinks which will just look at you and want you to eat them. How can you resist? Easy!! By having a plan in place which prevents you from eating such rubbish. Now, it is important to note down also that you can have one of these treats every now and then, just limit them and not go overboard with them. To stay full and resist temptation really is an easy task and you can stay full by eating protein. Protein helps keep you full and will limit your risks of temptation.
I practise what I preach and with that said I will eat some unhealthy food this Christmas especially when I spend time with my family. So I am not saying you can't and shouldn't have some bad options, it is a case of choosing the right options and balancing everything out. Be sure to stick with the healthy eating and only reward yourself with a few treats this festive season.