Here’s to Xmas cheer without the bigger rear!
It’s our favourite time of the year but who wants to let their entire year of sweaty HIIT sessions go to waste, over those tiny morsels of pork belly, tasty sliders and arancini balls?
Not us! Here’s the top tips in keeping those extra KGs at bay over the silly season yet still enjoying the festive cheer into the new year:
- Keeping Hydrated as you go and choose clear over beer:
We have heard it all before, a glass of water between drinks reduces the bear in the head the next day, good in theory but as the night goes on and time eludes us so too the idea of water over bubbles! So, what are the best options rather than abstinence? Gin, vodka and whisky mixed with soda water, fresh lemon or lime and in some cases mint! Try to stay clear of the fruit juices and soft drinks as they not only create insulin spikes but are laden with extra calories and caffeine (not good for sleep or the next morning). If heading to the vino bottle, red over white or champagne for its antioxidant value (antiaging also) and lower in sugar than white or bubbles!
- Eating IS NOT Cheating
This philosophy got us high fives and free jugs during my university days but doesn’t swing so well at the “real job” office Xmas party! Our new personal rule is to always eat something protein rich before drinking especially when consuming with my office counterparts! Firstly, it will slow down the intake of the fat and sodium laden sliders (albeit not give them up completely as they taste so damn good), secondly it will line my stomach ready for the alcohol bomb awaiting but also it is less bloating than a carbohydrate choice! Why? For every gram of carbohydrate, we consume we absorb 3-4 grams of water and that’s good news for the day not the night of!
- Commit to something over the silly season
Whether it be 10, 000 steps a day for 5 days of the week, a gym session twice a week or fasted state one day a week commit to it! One of our favourite quotes is “It takes 30 days to create habit and 3 months for lifestyle change”. This also works in reverse, and though Xmas and new year festivities are theoretically from 25th December to 2nd January we often start mid-December with office Xmas parties, friends and family catch-ups and keep going to mid-January due to the summer sessions here in Oz! This is a month of “silly season” food and drink consumption so by making some commitment to your wellness goals during it, the journey back to routine won’t be so harsh!
- Find a Silly Season buddy
We aren’t talking the kind of buddy you might find at midnight on the office party dancefloor! We are talking about finding someone who is committed to keeping their wellness in some sort of state and buddy up your gym sessions, or create an online challenge between the 2 or more of you to keep you motivated on those days the Xmas pudd is calling! We don’t want you to give up the Xmas cheer, but balance it out with a few wellness choices along the way! If the gym is closed or you are finding it hard to buddy up there are some great online tools available to help you with sessions, Varlah lets you create your own program based on your goals and My Fitness Pal can help keep you accountable with your food choices!
- Plan your new year goals NOW!
Don’t base your new year goals on how you feel on the 1st January 2018 as we can guarantee they will centre around weight loss, detox and getting a new job as you don’t want to go back to any kind of routine after the fun! Think about it before you finish the year out and what things you can put in place early 2018, that way you will be motivated to move into the new year rather than loathing it! Curation is a new Lifestyle Curator that combines 10 planning tools into a diary form! This helps us plan out early 2018 before the year is out, leaving us to enjoy the silly season without feeling the 2017 hangover!