It’s Christmas time! I love everything about Christmas! I try my hardest to hold out until 1st December to put up the Christmas tree. I love how busy everyone gets, the hustle and bustle of town, the Christmas tunes blaring, the happy faces everywhere! I purposely walk around town to soak up the atmosphere. It only comes around once a year after all!
Christmas time is all about family for me. There aren’t a lot of my family members in Tasmania, and my husband only gets every third year away from work, so Christmas is quiet and relaxing. Exactly what is needed after the build up!
We eat simply. It has always been tradition that we cook our meat Christmas Eve and serve it cold the next day with salads, followed by a special dessert (chocolate mousse is a family favourite!).
No hassles, no dramas, just enjoying each others company. Maybe a trip to the beach if the weather allows.
Quite the opposite of the build up to the big day! Parties, events, that little voice in your head that says “it will be OK, it’s Christmas, eat what you want!”.
While that is all well and good for special occasions, I always find that once my mental ability to be strong wavers, I completely lose the plot! Anyone else find this?
So I thought I would give you a few tips on how I survive the silly season!
Without a doubt, no matter what, stay hydrated. It tends to be the first thing we forget about when we are busy. I always have a water bottle, or a glass of water close by. With the warmer weather water will help you stay energized, stay mentally alert and stop you wanting to eat!!!
It’s OK to fall off the healthy eating wagon occasionally, just make sure you get back on as soon as you can. For me, small meals made up of protein in the form of meat or eggs, good quality fat such as avocado, olive or coconut oil and low carbohydrates (lots of low GI vegetables) every three hours keeps my blood sugar levels even, and hunger at bay. If you are going out, it’s OK to change your routine up, but try to be as regular as possible the rest of the time. I know once I lose routine, it’s hard to get back into it again.
Make exercise part of your daily routine! This is a no-brainer for me. I’m a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. I couldn’t live without it. I know how much it helps me to physically and mentally cope with each day. While I will be away from the gym over the Christmas/New Year break I will be walking and bike riding regularly. Got to get that endorphin fix!
This is the most important point. DON’T BE HARD ON YOURSELF!!! Everything comes down to our mental ability to cope. If we tell ourselves we are getting bigger around the belly, we most likely will! If we tell ourselves we are constantly disappointed in our bad decisions, we will end up being disappointed in ourselves! These thoughts are a choice. Choose to NOT be mentally negative, a few bad choices won’t ruin your life! After all, The Green Room will be waiting for you to help you make better choices and create positive healthy habits in 2018!!!