During holidays like Easter and Christmas we tend to eat more and exercise less, so it’s a good idea to map out a strategy. Make sure that the days leading to the holiday are full of activity, healthy eating and lots of water. Limit the amount of treats since you’ll most likely have enough of them during the upcoming days.
Make a plan for your training before going on holiday. Note the days when it won’t be easy to train and implement strategies to balance food, alcohol and training. Avoid reaching a point with holidaying where you don’t have the motivation to train and you’re back at square one when returning from your holiday. As always, something is better than nothing, so aim for what is realistic and feels right for you!
IDEAS FOR MANAGING PARTIES AND SOCIAL OCCASIONS
- Eat before you go out.
- Bring your own plate of savouries or healthy treats.
- Check if there’s a substantial food item being served rather than small snacks.
- Choose veggies, protein and low-fat foods and try to avoid sugar. Your body won’t crave sweets as much if you’re eating healthy, so you’ll be less tempted to hover near the dessert table.
- Move away from the food table. If the food is right in front of you and it looks good, you’re more likely to eat more than you should.
- Avoid sweet cocktails.
- Add lemon and lime to sweeten drinks if necessary.
- Have a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink.
- Don’t feel pressured to eat or drink more than you want to.
- Enjoy being social, don’t limit yourself to staying at home because you’re afraid of eating too much or having unhealthy food.
Happy Mindful Easter Eating!