Christmas is nearly upon us, we throw caution to the wind, let our hair down and indulge in everything that’s offered at parties and social gatherings. We are surrounded by temptation weeks before the 25th. I love this time of year but for those that count calories it can be extremely difficult and hard to keep track of those extra bites. Here are my ways of staying in control without gaining extra pounds whilst still enjoying yourself.
- DON’T EAT STRAIGHT OUT OF THE POT
When we do this, we throw portion control out of the window. One spoonful becomes two, two becomes three and before you realise it you have reached the bottom. Don’t do this! Take what you need and put it into another bowl. Your eyes will help tell your brain when your tummy is FULL.
- LOOK AT THE SERVING SIZE ON THE LABEL
Have a read. If it says serves 4, it probably isn’t your greatest moment if you’ve polished it off in one sitting. Be start.
- START SMALL AND GO BACK FOR MORE
Of course, you can have more food but there is no need to load your plate sky-high. Going back not only paces you but gives you a little ‘pause’.
- DRINK WATER BEFORE AND DURING YOUR MEAL
We often mistake hunger with thirst. Having a glass of water before a meal means the you’re likely to eat less. It will also keep you hydrated.
- SLOW DOWN & CHEW
This is something I need to work on. I’m always rushing around after the children, bowl and fork in hand whilst trying to do 100 other things before dashing off to work or tagging the husband as soon as he steps in the door. By slowing down and chewing your food (15+ times per mouth full) you have a greater mind, body connection therefore less likely to overeat, more likely to enjoy every bite and stop when full.
Finally, let’s not forget to KEEP MOVING. Just because it’s December and the calendar has gone BOOM with additional social events you MUST continue to exercise. A short 30-minute HIIT session or 5k run is totally worth it. Plus, your less likely to be reaching for the chocolates, cheeses, or mince pies once finished. KEEP IT UP, don’t wait until January for that health kick.
Stay in control, you’ve got this!