The average Australian will put on a kilo or two over the Christmas Holidays.
Christmas is hardly a time to be trying to shed excess kilos. You've got to be realistic – aim to keep your weight stable over the holiday season and simply not put on any.
No-one can eat healthily one hundred per cent of the time, here's my 5 tips to help you avoid looking like Santa by the time we start up again in January:
1. Limit the pig outs! Keep those wildly-overindulgent days to a minimum. One or two day's real overeating won't be bad but a month of festive feeding will pile on the kilos. Excess weight is gained slowly, not just from one overindulgence. So please avoid the whole "I've eaten so badly the last two days so may's well just keep going" mentality. Have your pig out, and eat clean the next day to repair your digestive system.
2. Be selective. This is my NUMBER ONE sneaky tip - if you know you're going to be drinking booze, eat a high protein, low carb dinner. Nothing is worse than eating a high carb dinner (pasta, breads etc) and washing it all down with sugary alcohol (4-6 teaspoons of sugar per glass of wine / beer).
Have your alcohol, but keep your macro's in check!!!
3. Drink plenty of water. DO NOT wake up with a coffee or diet coke hangover fix. Eat clean fruit and wash it down with plenty of water to aid an alkaline gut - this will help you eliminate, rather than store, all the bad food from the night before.
4. Keep moving. Keep up your exercise to counter the food. Visit the gym (you'll pretty much have the place to to yourself up here!), take up swimming or go for a brisk walk after dinner in the cool of the evening. Walk the dog. Play cricket in the back yard. Try to get enough sleep.
5. Keep your healthy breakfast going. Start the day off well and limit your 'cheat meals' to ONE per day MAX. The damage is done with repeated efforts, a bad lunch and 'stuff it' attitude for dinner will lead to stored fat. ONE bad meal a day backed up with clean eating won't hurt you too much ;)))
AND most of all, have a fantastic holiday and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!
I have to say, Sara and I have had an awesome 2015, and with Colin and Sam Rooney coming along has really topped it all off! We have some great plans and ideas for 2015, and the motivation to keep going is because we really do love working with you all. It is hard being self employed at times, getting caught up with all the back end hassles, but I couldn't ask for a better culture, bunch of people and smiles that working with you all brings.
So thank you, enjoy your holidays, and look forward to seeing you in 2015!
Sam (S & R!), Sara and Colin