Firstly – stop stressing! We’ve all done it, and by ‘it’ I mean eaten our body weight in Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and Celebrations chocolates. Christmas is about family, love and giving, but it’s also about food and LOTS of it. I don’t know why it is? But it just is, ok!
I can just imagine how many people out there are thinking right, it’s the New Year, I’ve eaten too much over Christmas and so it’s time to cut out all the treats and junk food and eat only healthy for from here on out. Firstly, what is ‘too’ much? You can’t put a limit on the time you spend round the dinner table enjoying Christmas with your family, or those Christmas Eve and Boxing Day treats you have with your friends, and how can you ever turn down an extra pig in blanket from your Grandma, or a slice of her pavlova? My advice is to leave the Christmas period for what it was, having had the best time not worrying about how much you ate or drank. You’re not going to remember that in a few years time so don’t worry about it now.
I also want to highlight how when you’re looking at being healthy, nutritious and balanced- it’s a lifestyle. It’s so important to remember that you’re in it for the long haul, so don’t let a few days at Christmas where you relax and enjoy foods you wouldn’t normally eat daily, make you feel like you’ve lost all progress or need to punish yourself post Christmas because you haven’t, and you don’t need to. Anyway, how hard is it to avoid foods you love when there is still leftovers lying around the house! I’m writing this post to let you all know the tips to do and don’t in your post Christmas period, to get you feeling balanced again.
- Punish yourself and feel guilty for eating the foods you love, and lots of it.
- Restrict yourself completely from all of the above foods.
- Go into a ridiculously high calorie deficit – you’re likely to fall into the starve/binge vicious circle!
- Cut carbs thinking that this is essential to lose your Christmas weight – Yes, reducing carbs may help drop the water weight you might be carrying, but overall it’s a calorie deficit that is necessary in order for you to lose weight. Whether this comes from cutting carbs, fats or protein, depends on what’s best for you.
- Drink lots of water. Keeping hydrated will help to flush toxins out your body, increases energy and helps to reduce fatigue.
- Get moving! We all feel better after a gym session or a workout, but even getting out for a long walk will get your muscles moving, heart rate up and release those endorphins to make you feel good!
- Get back into your daily routine – Christmas is that time where we are veggies! We sit around watching Christmas films and the only movement is picking up chocolates from the bowl on your belly and moving them to your mouth.. There are no set meal times as eating tends to be 24/7 and activity is minimal. So, it’s the New Year, it’s time to get back to normal! You’re back at work, probably eating at the same time and similar things each day again and doing your daily routine. This will make you feel better already!
- Swap your meals for healthy, balanced and nutritious dishes. Instead of eating chocolate for breakfast, make sure you’re keeping your meals balanced and full of nutritious fats, carbs and protein.
- Keep a little bit of what you love in there! I’m not going to be cutting out all of my favourite foods, but will be restricting them a little more so that I have them when I want them, and not all day like I have been. I’ve eaten so much that I feel a little sick of them all now, so maybe the break is welcome!
Finally, Christmas is not a time for food-guilt, and New Year is not a time for punishing yourself for all the fun you’ve had! Just start fresh and get back to normality – as I mentioned before, this is a lifestyle so a few days of your year won’t do any harm. Remember that the weight gain you may see on the scales (I have avoided the scales altogether lols) is not going to be all fat, it will be water and Glycogen and a very happy Christmas belly!
Happy New Year!
Love, L x