Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Naed Nutrition’s Christmas Survival Guide

Tis the season to eat more, drink more and move less but as a result Australian’s will gain 3-4 kg over December through to January (because let’s face it the festive season doesn’t finish until AFTER the Australia Day long weekend.) Here are my top tips to surviving the silly season

It’s ok to say no

It’s ok to say no I won’t have another drink, it’s ok to say no I don’t want have a second dinner it’s ok to say NO. It’s not about being rude it’s self-preservation and understanding that it will probably bother the person asking you more than it bothers you. People show love with food so it’s about being tactful with your response. It’s as simple as saying

“No thanks I won’t have another wine I am driving “or

“Thank you so much for the offer for dessert but I am so full from dinner can you pack me a takeaway portion so I can have it later (this doesn’t mean you actually need to eat it)”

Re-gift those sweet treats

if you get chocolates as a present (& we all do) don’t even let them cross your front door. Re-gift them or bring them into work/school/family members’ house/social gathering. The less temptation in your house the better

Shop a normal shop

During December it is almost like the apocalypse is coming and everyone is stocking up for hibernation. Stick to your normal portions, shop with a shopping list and don’t feel like you have to overspend because everything is on special and you think you might eat it or so & so is coming over so maybe you should have a backup (who are you kidding) – shop on a full stomach and stick to your list

DO NOT skip the exercise

Yes it is a busy time of year, yes there are more events, but guess what there is more food & alcohol so if anything you should be exercising more. You have worked your butt off to get where you are this year DO NOT get slack because others around you may be. You will have to work twice as hard to get where you are, remember consistency is the key

It’s not just about the food & booze

 Remember this time of year is for spending time with your family and friends – enjoy the company and divert your attention. Have your event at the beach & play some backyard cricket, if it’s a party get up and dance

Never arrive hungry

No matter what event, what function it is always pre-eat, especially if you don’t know what’s there or what time you are eating. It will make it much easier to control your food intake over the day/evening

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

The first thing out the window is water – water will be your saviour. It will be your saviour from over eating, over drinking, feeling hung over, skipping workouts & being productive. Always bring your bottle of water with you

Have a safe a happy holiday season from everyone at Naed Nutrition

P.s Don’t forget to check out Naed Nutrition’s Christmas Special