Now that many travel restrictions have been lifted many of my friends and family are popping away for a few days or a couple of weeks…but be careful folks as it seems that we also to be vigilant still as the figures are rising all over Europe again we also have Christmas and the New Year coming upon us fast…Couple that with the inches I have gained during all these quarantines plus the extra bread and cakes I have been baking…I ate too many pies…sigh!
I also haven’t been walking as much as I was…the result of too much time spent watching Netflix and eating snacks…sigh…moderation flew out of my window…
Which meant last week I called time on all of that…I know it’s a balancing act but I am determined to nip this in the bud…It is working but I don’t mean depriving yourself over the next weeks until after New year I mean pacing one’s self and enjoying what you do eat…
It is all about balance...A bit like a tight rope sometimes…but equally doable…
Of course, food and drink is a major player when on holiday and when the holiday season of Christmas AND New Year is looming…we want to be able to enjoy these foods without returning home with a waistline twice the size or because of festive overindulgence… Surely there’s a way to maintain your weight loss AND enjoy new foods on holiday?
Picture the scene...You are sitting watching the sunset or slobbing out watching Netflix …The waiter brings your sundowner…he then comes back with a plate of ” May as well ” foods…alternatively you could be watching the Christmas TV shows…those “may as well” foods pop up everywhere…You are at a social event and that delicious buffet is calling to you…we are bombarded by different scenarios which all include food and drink…”May as well”
These are foods which are there for the taking whether you are at home or away but because it’s a holiday and they are there for the taking, you’ll happily just take one until before you realise the bowl is empty … “may as well.”
So what can you do so that you are not upset at yourself and guilt-ridden by the end of your next family gathering or dinner party for overindulging in every single dish that was brought to the party?
These usually include (but are not limited to):
- Olives...Olives are a scrumptious snack that boasts healthy fats and polyphenol antioxidants. Their low-calorie density means that they may aid weight loss by helping you feel full. All the same, you should control for portion sizes because olives’ calories can add up quickly.
- Peanuts…Peanuts are full of nutrition and make for a healthy snack. They’re full of fibre, protein, and healthy fats, which can aid weight management by keeping you full longer. For best results, choose raw, roasted, or boiled peanuts free of added salt and flavouring, and be mindful of your serving size.
- Mince Pies…sigh
- Doritos…Health experts say that the popular snack should be avoided at all costs as it’s made with unhealthy ingredients, preservatives and additives. The first ingredient on Doritos list is corn, but it’s actually genetically modified corn.
- Dips…Dips and spreads make excellent condiments, snacks, and party food. However, they’re sometimes loaded with high-calorie ingredients, salt, sugar, and other additives. … At home, you can use whole foods to make your own varieties that are just as tasty but much more nutritious.
- Hot chocolate …BUT do you need the squirty cream?
- Something unrecognisable – but you take it anyway… “May as well”.
Doing this for no other reason than because you can is a sure-fire way of unnecessarily bumping up your overall calorie intake.
Now, I do believe you should try and sample the offered snacks if on holiday or at a friends or your works Christmas jolly… but remember you have a full week or two, to try and sample all the foods you fancy. So there’s no need to keep nibbling until they are gone on the first day…of the holidays…which generally carries on to the “New Year” Just saying!
I know it’s tempting and most of these little bowls are not only put there to tempt you to nibble but they make you thirsty and you have another drink…Hic!
So what else can you do?
Limit the Booze…
In the past, I have been on all-inclusive holidays with a bar in the middle of the pool…We have walked the beach stopped in a little cafe and had a wine or beer with our lunch…I also love mixing cocktails especially at Christmas and the New Year…
By this time it is only 3 pm in the afternoon and we have had a few drinkies …
It can be so easy to get carried away when you have a beer, wine and cocktails literally on tap and, whilst drinking can be a fun and relaxing part of your holiday, it’s a good idea to control your intake, helping to maintain your awesome weight loss results.
Many times we end up drinking away our calories and sugar by drinking too many alcoholic beverages or indulging in that eggnog. This doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy what this season has to offer. After all, that hot chocolate might be just what you need to warm you up, but do you really need to add all the extra whipped cream and caramel? ….sigh!
Alcoholic beverages have tons of calories and sugar, which can give you super sugar spikes and still leave you wanting more, so if you recognise the amount you are drinking. You can even use a tracking app such as Myfittnesspal or Loseit to see how much sugar and calories you are really drinking.
That might deter you or help you drink a bit less. Also, think of the sugary beverage as a dessert and that means, maybe skimping on dessert…just saying! because you have already had it.
It is also not really that much different over the “holiday” period at home...we set out our little bowls of nibbles and then have a mid-morning tipple with a mince pie…I know you do…
What can you do…?
Stay off the booze until 3pm (or later). As a general rule, the longer you wait until your first drink, the less you’re likely to drink overall in the day.
Set yourself a (sensible) drink limit. Giving yourself a maximum number of drinks to have this does help keep your alcohol intake in check… whilst freeing up when and how often you can drink.
Drinking water in-between the glass of alcohol is what works for me and it keeps me hydrated as well.
It is also important especially in the heat to keep hydrated it doesn’t just have to be water. Teas, coffees, juices, even fruits like watermelons and peaches can all help you stay hydrated in the sun. Carrying a bottle of water with you though, that can be refilled and sipped on throughout the day, is always going to be a smart idea.
Also, remember alcohol will increase your chance of dehydration because it’s a diuretic, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day if you’re on the beers.
Neglecting your body’s need for water can lead to tiredness, lack of energy, muscle cramps and an upset tummy – not what you want to experience on a relaxing holiday…or before Christmas Dinner is served…
Who doesn’t love a walk when on holiday or a break from work...some like to swim a few lengths of the pool..some even use the gym(not me) …
But a lovely brisk walk or a friendly game of footie with the family in the frosty air does wonders as well so it might be holiday time but it doesn’t mean you can’t wrap up warm and enjoy!
But, during the festive season, it would be unrealistic to expect yourself to work out every day and count your calories – after all, holiday times are meant to be a time for relaxing and taking a break from your usual day-to-day routine.
But what happens when you’re eating out?
- Make sure you eat something before you go..don’t starve yourself all day…
- Share a meal with someone…I always share with Lily and the older she gets the more eats which I don’t mind…
- Ask for a Doggie bag/To-go box at the same time you order and when your food comes, only leave on your plate a single serving and put the rest away in the box. The simple concept of “out of sight, out of mind”
- Share a dessert…
But most importantly we all have little lapses...One or two weeks of some overindulgence isn’t going to be the end of the world…
But this shouldn’t mean we just forego all common sense and eat anything and everything in sight, doing our best sunbathing /Couch sloth impersonation each and every day…Just saying…
The trick is finding the right balance and even just one or two of the suggestions above will help you to strike the difference between relaxation and indulgence, whilst keeping things under control.
And if things don’t go to plan and you do end up putting on a few pounds more than expected?…. Don’t stress.
It probably means you had a great time …but all these tips apply to many social situations there are always temptations.
We have Thanksgiving, then Christmas coming, New Year on the horizon, someone is bound to get engaged, married, divorced or have a baby…
All of these are triggers…Life is one big trigger …We have to choose how we are going to live it!