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How to not over indulge over Christmas

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, where we all tend to eat and drink more than we should. We then move in to the New Year feeling a little less than happy with ourselves for over indulging.

Now I’m not going to stand here up on my soap box and tell you not to enjoy yourselves over the holiday period, as I most definitely will be enjoying myself. Life is not always about strict eating and regular exercise is it?!

But I do have a few tips that will allow you to enjoy quality time with family and friends, and enjoy some lazy days with a few extra calories without over doing it:

  1. If you know you will be eating more than usual, try skipping breakfast and maybe have a water with some lemon juice in it instead, or even some apple cider vinegar. This means you’ll be burning calories from stored body fat all morning leading up until lunch. If you’re not doing a Christmas dinner, and it was all about the lunch why not skip dinner all together!? I’m sure you’ll have ingested enough calories at lunch to sustain you for the rest of the day..

ADDIT: If you are on medications that are required to be taken with food, this tip may not be suitable for you.

  1. If you can couple this morning of fasting (Tip 1) with some exercise whether it’s cardio or an exercise circuit you’ll increase the caloric burn and put yourself in a caloric deficit, meaning you can have a little more to eat than usual come lunch time.
  1. After you finish your gluttonous feast, it may feel great to lounge about and let those calories get slowly digested and then stored, but it is best to do some exercise. It doesn’t have to be much, even a lazy 30 minute stroll down the beach or around the block will do the trick. This might be a good time to take a friend or family member for a walk too and catch up on old times!
  1. Why don’t you put your hand up for making some of the food you’ll be eating, and if so opt for the dessert which I’m sure everyone will be eating. And if you manage to score the dessert making you can be a little sneaky here and opt for a low sugar option and even use some natural sweeteners such as stevia or erythritol instead. No one will know the difference, I promise!

Check out some healthy dessert recipes here. The caramel slice looks awesome!

  1. When you’re having a tipple, try a low carb/calorie option. It’s also a good idea to be drinking water in between your alcoholic beverages to avoid dehydration and a dreaded hangover.

Check out these Low calorie alcoholic drink options:

Enjoy your Christmas and holiday period, but do it in a way that you don’t have to feel guilty!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Heath..

 

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