How you can still enjoy the silly season without a seasonal blowout

The festive season is upon us, and for most of us, this means far too much to drink and eat (and not of the good stuff).

Letting your hair down at this time of year isn’t necessarily a bad thing – you deserve it! – but this year why not do things a little differently, so that your waistline doesn’t make it onto your new year’s resolution list.

Here are some simple tips that can help you avoid a seasonal blowout.

Stay active:

Keep moving to keep your mind and body in shape. Family time doesn’t have to be limited to catching up over food and drink.

Set up a game of backyard cricket, go for a walk with your visiting relatives, or try some fun activities like surfing, kayaking or beach volleyball to get yourself active.

Self-control:

Before grabbing that second serving of ham and potatoes at the Christmas lunch table, ask yourself, do you really want it?

If the answer is a definite yes, wait ten minutes and see if you still do. Chances are you won’t. This will not only benefit your waistline, but you might avoid that post-lunch food coma too.

Create a reward system:

Before you dive into the Christmas trifle, why not tell yourself that you can have it after you’ve done a solid exercise session? It will keep you active and allows guilt-free indulgence.

Learn how to say “no”:

Do you really need to go to those Christmas drinks? If you do, be the designated driver. Most of the calories we consume this Christmas will be from the many drinks at Christmas parties, catching up with friends and then the big day itself. Do a world of good for your waistline, liver and even your mental wellbeing by cutting out just a few of these drinks along the way.

Brunch not lunch:

Seeing old friends is one of the best parts of the holidays. Instead of the afternoon or evening, try catching up in the morning. You’re far more likely to resist the urge to hit the cocktails at 10 am. A good breakfast might leave you less inclined to overindulge at lunchtime too.

Mindful eating:

Slow down and enjoy what you’re eating; be in the moment and really be aware of your food and your surroundings. Someone probably slaved for hours over that beautiful meal you’re sitting down to. At the best time of year, doesn’t it make sense to slow down and take it all in?