Day 1 – Try not to overindulge
Think about what you eat and drink. With so much food and drink right at your fingertips, it can be tempting to have that extra slice. As lovely as all the food is be mindful of when you are full. Don’t forget to fit in your fruit and veg.
Day 2 - Be prepared
With so much tempting food on offer in the shops, it’s so easy to get carried away and buy things that will take you off course. Try to think in advance what food you want over the festive period. If making a menu plan helps, then sit down a few weeks before to decide what you need to buy. When shopping try to stick to your list!! Don’t be hard on yourself if you sneak in just the one treat!!
Day 3 - Have fun
There is no point sitting there feeling left out while everyone around you is having fun. Eat in moderation, be kind to yourself and fit in those walks or exercises if you can. Or why not have a good boogie in the front room – burns those calories just the same. Make it a bit of ‘me time’ – this is something you can indulge in!
Day 4 - Get plenty of sleep
Sleep restores your body and gives you the energy to get up motivated the next day. Let’s face it, you are going to need all the energy you can get for cooking all those healthy meals or for last minute shopping - not to mention how early the children will get up on Christmas Day.
Day 5 - Set realistic goals
Set yourself some goals that you know you can stick to, and make them before you get caught up in the festive moment. Can you do 5 mins exercise a day? Can you resist that mince pie or extra chocolate? But be kind to yourself, don’t make it unachievable because if you feel like you’ve failed that will not make you feel motivated. If it helps write them down as it makes it more real and you can refer to them if you feel a bit lost.
Day 6 - Drink water
It is good for your metabolism as it keeps it moving, and means you are less likely to put on those extra pounds after the Christmas dinner. It also keeps you hydrated which is essential for a healthy body as it stops you feeling sluggish and having a headache. You also eat less too. Bonus!!
Day 7 - Stay balanced
Have some downtime alongside the hectic preparation that is expected around this time of year. Taking time away for a bit of space to renew yourself, is essential for maintaining balance in your life. Perhaps go for a walk/run or have lovely long bath.
Day 8 - Don’t skip meals
It’s tempting to think that by missing meals in the day you can overindulge for your main meal, or make up for the extra chocolate you had the day before. This is counterproductive and will not help your metabolism. Remember, breakfast is an essential meal as it sets you up for the day.
Day 9 - Prioritize what you need to do
None of us are superhuman, so we can’t do it all. No matter how many directions you may feel pulled in, or how perfect you want it to be, make sure you know what is important for you. Some things really can be left for another day. What will make your day perfect for you!!!
Day 10 - Take a walk
After that lovely Christmas lunch, or that mince pie treat, why not get out in the fresh winter air for an hour. The movement is good for your heart and you'll burn a few extra calories too. It will make you feel more energised.
Day 11 - Play
Enjoy being able to play with the children. Play music and have a dance. Play family games where you can all join in. Play outside with the dog. Give yourself time to have a laugh. It’s good for the endorphins and makes us happier.
Day 12 - Have some treats
There is so much food out there, you don’t have to feel like you are missing out but choose your treats wisely. How about dates or nuts as your snacks or a lovely satsuma from your Christmas stocking?