Firstly, happy December!! The countdown to Christmas has officially started and it has now become acceptable to eat a chocolate every morning before 8am. I love the build up to Christmas, probably even more than the day itself. I love the Christmas markets, the gift buying, making cookies and gingerbread houses. Christmas brings out the inner child in me and I love every second of it!
That said, I also find December and the Christmas period the hardest time to stay Healthy. I could happily eat a Mince Pie every hour of every day washed down with a pint of mulled wine. There is so much temptation around and it’s everywhere! You can’t walk down the high street without someone roasting Chestnuts or warming up mulled wine. Every single coffee shop advertises their new Christmas drinks and the bakeries are full of Christmas related goodies.
Every single year, I give into temptation and every single year, come January, I feel awful. I’m a stone heavier, I have no energy, my stomach hates me and my motivation is zero. So I’ve made a deal with myself – this year, I’m going to stay healthy in December. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to enjoy all the things I love, I’m just going to do it a little differently this year.
So here are my top tips to keep healthy in December (and all year round for that matter):
- Keep on exercising. I know it’s cold and I know all you want to do is go home, heat up a mince pie, make a cup of tea and sit in the front of the TV. I get that it’s really difficult to go for a run when it’s raining outside but that doesn’t mean you have to skip exercise all together! Take up a new class, go to the gym, find a workout to do on the treadmill – just make sure you do something!
- Don’t have sweet treats in the house. I know it’s difficult to walk past a box of mince pies at the supermarket without wanting to fill your trolley, after all, you can’t beat 6 mince pies for a £1! But having these in the house is not going to help. Having temptation close to you means you’re more likely to eat it – if you had to go for a 25 mile run to get to your mince pie, would you still do it? Instead of buying sweet treats, put that money into a jar and treat yourself at the end of the month!
- Don’t overcompensate on food after a workout. We all know what it’s like; you’ve been to the gym for 30 minutes so why shouldn’t you have a mince pie, you’ve earned it. While this may be true, if your goal is to lose weight and more importantly fat, eating a mince pie after a workout isn’t going to help your cause. Your body needs nutritious food including a good amount of protein and carbs so it can recover ready for the next workout. Make sure your portion sizes are in line with your body’s needs – if you’re working out to lose weight, eating 600 calories after a 300 calorie workout is going to have the opposite affect!
- Have a cheat meal, not a cheat day. I love cheat meals; I love them because I feel like I’ve earned them! There is no point working out 5 times a week if you can’t enjoy the food you love. Just make sure it doesn’t become a cheat day – choose which meal you’re going to cheat on and stick to that. Make sure the other two meals and snacks that day are healthy.
- Treat yourself, everything in moderation! With all of this said, there will be times where you’ll find yourself in a coffee shop faced with a selection of delicious drinks and sweet treats. Life shouldn’t be about depriving yourself, everything should be done in moderation! If you really fancy a cake, then have one. Balance it out with healthy meals and make sure it doesn’t become a regular occurrence.
My goal this December is to stay healthy, keep exercising regular and make good choices that will nourish my body.
What are your goals for December?
On a complete tangent, I saw this the other day and couldn’t agree more! Has anyone got any tips on getting taller?