It’s the number one rule but something we all seem to ignore (myself included). Make a deal with yourself to try and eat when you’re actually hungry. The Festive season is a killer for filling your eyes with delightful treats and subsequently your stomach and while there is absolutely no harm in enjoying yourself, do yourself a favour and try to listen to your body instead of your eyes. If it was an apple and not a mince pie, would you still eat it? If the answer is no, you’re not hungry so it’s totally up to you, if the answer is yes then enjoy it.
Opinions, everyone has them and it seems that they only get stronger during the month of December. Unfortunately, too many of us need justification for eating certain foods and love it when everyone joins in which only makes it difficult when you are the one opting out. Remember that it doesn’t matter what people say, as long as you’re choosing not to have it because you don’t need it rather than because you are punishing yourself. Remember there is no such thing as a bad ingredient and just like one delicious meal won’t make you gain weight, one “healthy” meal won’t make you lose it.
Hydrate, it’s so much easier to stay on top of your water intake during the Summer months but we tend to swap it for hot creamy drinks or beautiful cocktails in the Winter. My top tip is to have a glass of water alongside every glass of alcohol, not only will this stop you getting too drunk and feeling horrendous the next day, it will help you think smartly about your food choices instead of tucking into chips and cheese at 2 am!
Protein, it’s known for keeping you full and satisfied as well as feeling epic pre or post workout. If there’s one macro you should try to keep track of during December then Protein is the one! If you’re unsure of how to work out how much protein you should be having then check out the TDEE online calculator, try MrFitnessPal or work on the basis of 35% Carbs, 35% protein and 30% Fats.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with nibbling on mince pies, gingerbread men and all the other delicious treats that pop up everywhere over Christmas, I know I will be! However it’s always awesome to learn what’s actually in the food you eat so do yourself a favour and avoid the crazy preservatives, extra salt, sugar and God knows what else by making it yourself or seeking out homemade goodies where you can. You know it’s going to taste better and you can always lick the bowl if you’re still hungry! What’s your number one Festive feel-good tip? Photo Credit: Jenna McKone