How to survive the holiday party season
I’d like to share a few tricks with you on how to survive the holiday party season so we can hit the ground running pre-2015. I’ve had a number of clients reschedule their nutrition consultations with me for January because “December” and “healthy” apparently don’t go together so I’m told (!) and this got me thinking about my mindset and a few key differences which allows me to be healthy all year round. It also helps me to arrive into January cold free and in just as good shape as the other months of the year, so if you’d like to hear them, read on…
1). BE REALISTIC
It’s important to be realistic with your health and fitness goals and consider the upcoming situations you will encounter and your ability to stick to a plan, otherwise your plan will certainly fail. In my experience of working with clients, if you set your goals too high and encounter some obstacles and willpower battles, which is inevitable, then you are more inclined to abandon the plan altogether and give up on this much wanted healthystyle. In December, there are SO many temptations and a lot of fun to be had so be realistic with your goals and don’t try and take on too many new things in an already busy month.
Your long term health is a reflection of what you do on a consistent basis so in order to create a healthystyle that makes your life awesome, slow and steady wins the race, every time.
2). CELEBRATE YOUR WINS
When you drink your two litres of water in a day, or have packed a packed lunch everyday for a week, then give yourself a well deserved pat on the back! These are little steps which all contribute to helping you feel great and they’ll help you to be able to enjoy your Christmas outings guilt free.
3). AIM HIGH EVEN IF YOU HIT LOW
This may appear to contraindicate the first point, but I hope you will see the difference. If you aim for an ambitious goal and miss, you’ll be in much better health for having tried than for setting no goal in the first place or aiming low and hitting low. To give you an example of this, if you aim to go to the gym 3-4 times a week and only manage to do 2 sessions because fun December plans came up, you’ll be in a better place than if you aimed to go to the gym 1-2 times a week and managed to go just once.
Your health awareness will be much greater if you aim high but with this method it’s really important to celebrate and recognise your wins and all the things you have done rather than feel deflated about all the things you didn’t do! This will keep you in a really positive mindset and in really good shape and health.
4). MAINTAIN, DON’T GAIN
Setting a goal of maintaining your health and keeping up with some good eating habits day-to-day is a really amazing goal. The majority of us shouldn’t be aiming to reduce our body fat percentage or start training for a marathon in the month of December, though if you have and are sticking to it then amazingly well done. So what does one do to ‘maintain’ their health? It might be going to the gym 1-2 times per week rather than 3-4 times or making sure you drink water everyday in the office and take your vitamins twice a day or it may be making sure you do your 10 minutes of meditation in the morning.
We all have different habits which we find easier to stick to than others which we know does our bodies a lot of good, so my tip is to identify these and make a special effort to make sure you do them in this busy time, even if it’s not as often as usual. This is a lot more manageable and will be the difference between maintaining your healh or having your health regress.
5). KEEP HYDRATED
This sounds so simple but in winter and on chilly days it’s so easy to not drink. If you’re in an office with central heating or in a car with the heating turned up and you are wrapped up warm then it’s really important to keep your water levels topped up. Hunger is so often confused for dehydration and you need water to ensure your liver can detox efficiently so taking a water bottle to work with you and drinking en route and sipping on warm herbal teas throughout the day will drip feed your body with an essential nutrient – water.
I hope these mindset tips help to keep your health in check in December whilst also having a merry time over the next few weeks.
All the healthy best,