Tuesday, 11 December 2012

How To Stay Healthy Over The Festive Period (Pt II)

Happy New Week!

Two weeks to Christmas, whoop!

So, I did well enough at the Fitter London Christmas party on Saturday. Like I mentioned in the previous post, I ordered the yummiest cake ever from Vickii. Well, I had a couple of generous slices. What saved me wasn't my self control, it was the yumminess of the cake! Almost everyone came back for seconds so it was gone with in 2 hours.

I didn't get the chance to eat before the party so I ate more cake than I should have (because I hadn't eaten before leaving home, so I was hungry). Which leads me to today's tip that should help you eat responsibly at one of the many parties you're going to attend this month:

Tip #3 Eat In Advance.

I've found that when I eat a big, healthy meal before going out, I do so much better at sticking to my healthy goals. Imagine going out on an empty stomach, and having to wait a while before your food is served (if it's one where food will be served). You'll most likely keep picking at anything that's available, healthy or not. And by the time your meal arrives, eating everything on your plate and having a second helping would be the natural thing to do.

Even if it's a party that serves 'nibbles', that's more of a reason to eat a meal beforehand so you don't end up picking at the usual unhealthy sweets and treats that would be lying around.

Tip #4 Water Down Your Alcoholic/Sugary Drinks

Alcoholic and sugary drinks contain empty calories - a high sugar content. And these are usually available in abundance at parties!

An 8oz glass of red wine, which is the least sugary alcohol option, contains 2-4g of sugar, depending on the type of red wine. (It helps to check the bottle.)
A 330ml can of coke contains ~40g (10 cubes) of sugar.

The best thing to do is to control your portions of alcohol and drink a lot of water too. This is important, not only to control your sugar intake, but to help keep you hydrated as high alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration.

Another thing you should take note of is - alcohol causes a sharp spike, then dip in blood sugar levels and you're more likely to want to snack with a high consumption of it. If you eat in advance, I expect you'd drink less and snack less too!

Christmas Parties in 2011 and 2012. I always seem to find myself hovering around the cake ;)
Yes, it's the festive season and it is okay to relax on your eating of course, I'm not going to pretend I don't! BUT try not to overdo it. You don't want to start the next year feeling like you've set your progress back by months just for a few weeks of celebration. 

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