Christmas is just around the corner, a time of year when indulgences come from all angles, party buffets, chocolates, a friendly coffee comes with mince pies and then there is the alcohol. All this can add up very quickly and can just as quickly begin to push you on a downward slope to your old ways.
But it is christmas!
Yes it is but it doesn't have to ruin all of your good work, so here a a few tips to help you get through the festive season.
1 - Try and be the host. If you are the one who is running the party it puts you in control of the food that is going to be on offer. You set the menu so no problem, you may even surprise some of your guests when you tell them that the food is all Primal friendly and healthy.
2 - Get some movement in. Its very easy to get lazy over the christmas period. All of that excess food is going to make you sluggish, Digestion takes priority, and the energy is taken away from the other areas of your body in less use. This is a good time to try and get some kind of movement in, just a 10 minute walk can help rejuvenate you and get the blood moving again. A bit of mobility work or some body weight exercise on top will be even more beneficial.
3 - Make the most of the meat feast. The leftovers can be a real help when the temptations are about. Some cold turkey, beef, duck or goose can be a really helpful go to when the pies are being passed around.
4 - Spread the joy - If you receive chocolates, biscuits or cakes as gifts take them with you to parties and get togethers. Put them out on the buffet table and get some help getting them rid of them if you really can't bring yourself to throw them out.
5 - Try a period of fasting - Give your digestion a break, let it have a chance to recover from all of the excess and indulgence. if you haven't fasted before before then just try and push breakfast back a few hours. revisit my previous post for a more indepth look into fasting.
6 - Don't stress - If you do fall off the wagon don't worry about it. Stressing over it will probably be more detrimental to your health than the thing you ate in the first place.
7 - Aim for maintenance - Don't try and aim for any improvements over the festive period, be realistic, unless you can say that you are going to be on the wagon fully then just try and maintain what you have achieved so far. And if you do improve in any way it's just a bonus.
8 - Try and avoid the alcohol. - Sorry no tips or tricks here you know it's not good for you so be sensible.
If things do slip more than you would like then put it behind you and get back to it once the festivities are over,
I hope you have good christmas and new year.
Keep it Primal