The Holiday season is ahead of us and keeping the motivation for healthy eating on holidays and weekends can be difficult. A question I have been asked lately is, I do so well during the week and it gets to the weekends and it all goes out the window!
The weekday routine is key and is what keeps us on a time frame. Alarm set, breakfast, kids to school, workday. The arvo routine: home, prepare dinner, rest time and sleep. Add some exercise, day is done.
Planning meals and exercise makes life so much easier to juggle weekday life. The busier we are the more we get done, so why not make a plan for the weekends?
Weekends and Holidays are when you don’t want to think about structure or plans getting the kids to sport just has to be done. It seems to all go pear shaped when you realise you have to cook, it can become a never ending cycle. Shopping on a Saturday too hard, just pick up something easy from the corner shop to get buy for the weekend, when all else fails Take Away.
Returning from a week’s holiday, I wanted to see if I could integrate the lifestyle changes I have implemented this year whilst on holidays. I achieved the impossible, I incorporated healthy eating whilst enjoying celebrating with friends and family. I made smarter choices.
Being Realistic: Previously holidays I ate and drank whatever I wanted, I always felt heavy. Having alcohol free days made a huge impact on my energy levels, balancing the good with the bad really worked.
Planning and making time for exercise is important it prevents weight gain and offsets the eating and drinking. Sweating helps detoxify the liver and is a good time to form a new habit.
Food and drink is the core of the holiday and weekend festivities keeping to a habit of eating until 80% full, eat until satisfied.
Alcohol induces overeating, keep a large bottle of sparkling mineral water with you, keep hydrated this will help with constant feeling the need to nibble whilst having a few, stick with soda or mineral water anything else is packed with sugar.
Add a vegie dip, chopped vegies and nuts to platter. Processed chips and crackers have certain flavourings and additives to them that send a message to your brain make you wanting more.
Eat healthy 2 out of 3 meals and make a plan of ordering and sharing. This is good for portion control and keep costs down as well.
By doing these small things on the weekends or on holidays it does make a difference. Your body and mind will thank you for it.