Maintaining a healthy lifestyle over Christmas

It’s upon us! There’s no way of hiding from it, Christmas adverts are everywhere, you’re up to your eyeballs in wrapping paper, every other night is some form of Christmas do and there’s even snow on the ground!

Christmas can sweep you off your feet and take you (and your diet) by surprise. With so much to do, it’s easy to say goodbye to your goals and accept they’re gone until the New Year, but we say no! Every day counts to hitting your goals, so just because it’s the holidays, don’t let it cause you a setback.

We’ve put together some top tips for keeping motivated and continuing to hit your goals this Christmas period:

Stay on schedule

It’s really easy to lose track of time over the Christmas period, particularly during the few days in between Christmas and New Year when lots of people aren’t working. The days can roll into one, plans go out the window and it becomes acceptable to have chocolate for breakfast. Don’t let this make you lose track!

The Christmas period can turn into one continuous meal if you’re not careful, so sticking to your usual meal times as closely as possible and especially eating a proper, healthy breakfast is really important to stop you from grazing and ‘accidentally over-eating’.

Our friend @hungryhealthyhappy has loads more top tips for eating healthily this Christmas!

Here’s a great and healthy breakfast recipe that’ll warm you up on winter mornings.

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Gym closed? No problem!

Remember, Christmas is just one day – not a whole month. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean your entire schedule should go out the window. If your local gym or fitness classes aren’t open, don’t use it as an excuse and get creative instead.

Winter weather and all that free time makes for a great excuse to get the family outside and go for long walks – it’ll make you appreciate snuggling up in front of a warm fire all the more! If you’re missing a night at the gym for a night out with friends, get on that dance floor and boogie the night away – you can burn up to 443 calories per hour of dancing!

If you still want to squeeze in a couple of home-classes, here’s some exercises you can do at home.

Grabits Kettlebells

Back away from the buffet

Just because the food is there, doesn’t mean it all needs to be eaten. Buffets are rife this time of year and so tricky to keep track of what you’re eating. Prepare yourself for one trip to the buffet table and one trip only – you wouldn’t usually help yourself to three or four platefuls so why do we do it at a party!

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With that in mind…

Keep track of what you’re eating

Be careful not to track calories to the letter, as it can become unhealthy and it’s Christmas after all so you deserve to give yourself a break. However, it’s good to try and stay aware of what you’re eating, particularly when out and about, as it can become so easy to eat without even noticing.

That goes for alcohol and festive drinks too – there are so many hidden calories in your cheeky Gingerbread latte or festive mulled wine, so don’t let one too many have a big impact on your goals!

Most importantly

Don’t go cold turkey (pardon the pun!)– give yourself indulgences, it’s Christmas after all! You can have a very merry Christmas and a festive New Year without feeling like you’re missing out, while also working towards your goals. Remember, it’s all about balance!

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If you’re looking for healthy yet tasty buffet food, why not try our canapé suggestions? They’re Grabits, but not as you know them!