Fixable mistakes that could ruin your healthy habits at Christmas
Are you dreading ruining all your healthy habits at Christmas? Are you anxious about having to start from the beginning again to reach those health goals that you worked so hard to achieve?
It is possible to look forward to Christmas and not worry about ruining all your healthy eating and exercise habits
Here are some tips to fix mistakes that could ruin your healthy habits at Christmas.
Having too much ‘Christmas’ food hanging around.
If you know those extra boxes of mince pies or chocolates are still in your cupboard you are more likely to think about them and find it difficult to resist finishing them off.
- Make a shopping list of the food you need and stick to it. Avoid going into that mindset of ‘what if I don’t have enough? I better buy double the amount just in case’.
- If you are hosting Christmas, encourage your guests to take home leftovers.
- Take any unopened chocolates, crackers, biscuits, cakes to the food bank as soon as you possible.
Eating too much, especially the ‘treat’ food.
‘Treat’ food is more likely to be refined, processed and high in sugar. These can lead to blood sugar imbalances and cravings, encouraging you to eat even more.
- Stick to 3 meals a day with no snacking – have those mince pies, chocolates or slice of Christmas cake for dessert instead. You are much more likely to eat less of them.
Very tempting to curl up on the sofa with netflix, a box of chocolates and a glass of wine, especially when it is cold outside.
Make sure you move everyday, even if it is for as little as 10 mins. Eg
- Walking in the open air – a walk after a meal is a great way of using up some of those extra carbs you’ve eaten.
- Dance to your favourite music and have fun.
- Do 10 mins of a YouTube yoga or pilates video
- If you are away from home or your gym is shut, you could try some resistance band exercises
Focusing too much on what you MUST NOT eat.
If you keep telling yourself you mustn’t eat that chocolate log or those mince pies, the brain will ignore the MUST NOT. Instead it will just focus on ‘chocolate log, mince pies’, making it even harder to resist.
Focus on healthier alternatives or foods that you can eat:
- Use sparkling water or soda water to mix with your gin or vodka
- White wine and sparkling water is a refreshing alternative to Prosecco.
- Drink water before having the next alcoholic drink.
- Dark chocolate instead of white or milk.
- Panettone is a tasty less sweet alternative to chocolate log.
- Goats cheese and grapes rather than stilton and port.
- Chestnuts, sprouts, nuts.
Feeling guilty and angry with yourself for falling off the wagon
This can make you give up all together. Then it is even harder to get yourself back into heathy habits.
- Remember Christmas is only a few days, so give yourself permission to enjoy the festivities without feeling guilty.
- Keep hold of as many of your healthy habits that you find easy. Eg, protein at every meal (turkey, nut roast, eggs), vegetables everyday (brussel sprouts, red cabbage, carrots, rocket with your scrambled egg breakfast), keep to your exercise weekly routine (even if it is only 10 mins walking instead of 60mins in the gym).
- Remember to congratulate yourself on the habits you stick to rather than punishing yourself for the habits you have broken (you might surprise yourself and manage to retain more of your healthy habits than you thought!)
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Loliya Harrison is a registered nutritional therapist, personal trainer and pilates teacher from London. She helps menopausal/perimenopausal women reclaim their confidence, feel amazing in their clothes and enjoy their life more.
Source of statistics: thebms.org.uk