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7 Suggestions to Navigate the Festive Season

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Posted by Michelle M of Primal Journey under Nutrition, Wellbeing on 17 December 2013 at 12:00 AM

The indulgent Christmas and New Years season is upon us and it's inevitable that most of us will want to indulge. That's why we've got together with Michelle from Primal Journey to find out her best tips to help you navigate the silly season:

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1: Don’t beat yourself up

Chances are you are not going to be a healthy eating purist, not many of us are and if you are then you don’t need to read this.  Once in a while, it’s completely normal to indulge and nothing to feel guilty of, we live in a world full of indulgent unhealthy food and there are always going to be situations where you want to have something that is not normally part of your daily food choices. If you end up indulging don’t feel bad about it, if you stress about it the negative reaction will be worse for you than the food you just ingested, move on and tomorrow make better choices.

2: Stay active

You’ve eaten too much dinner and all you want to do is take a nap, hell I do it every year and I swear the next year it won’t happen again! Even if it’s just going for a stroll one day after you’ve had your nap (hey, everyone I know does it).  Just because Christmas day and New Year ’s Eve was a complete write off doesn’t mean the holiday days in-between should be also.  Keep doing the activities you normally do, walking is free, most gyms are still open over the holidays and realistically there’s not any reasons why we can’t at least do something active while on holiday.

3: Just because it’s free...

We all go to events or a friend’s house and they have the spread of a lifetime and once more it’s free delicious food right?! We somehow justify it to ourselves that these are free calories and that stuffing our face full of crap won’t really matter.  There's nothing wrong with some indulging but try to not go nuts, it will make it that much harder to get back on track!

4: Plan ahead

Try and plan your meals, it’s a sure fire way to help you stay on track, allow yourself a few treats and stick with it. Rotate your tried and true recipes and always make sure you have some treats available, if you are offered dessert sometimes it's easier to pass if you know that you can have a treat when you get home but don't feel bad if you do say yes to that homemade cookie that just smelt too good to pass on.  

Recipes from Primal Journey

The easiest situation is if you are going to a potluck dinner, for instance I'll take something Primal along that I know everyone will enjoy and it means I will always have a healthy option available.  There are tons of recipes out there so get googling and make sure you check out the recipe section on my blog.

5: Identify if you are an abstainer or a moderator

Try to figure out if you are an abstainer or a moderator. This is so individual and completely dependent on your personality around food.  For some of us once we start having really indulgent food we wake up from a food coma and wonder what the hell happened and feel much worse than if we hadn't have had any.  If this is you then you will know that once you start you might indulge in much more than you planned, awareness is key. For others eating in moderation might work and you can have just a little bit. If this is you then have a little taste of everything and enjoy the small portions of the delicious treats and move on.  There is no right or wrong answer, it's just a matter or how you feel when you are faced with celebrations surrounded with food.

6: Enjoy yourself

This time of year is a time to have some indulgence, put your feet up and de-stress.  It’s been a long year for most of us and we deserve to just relax.  Focusing strictly on your health and fitness goals probably won’t be on the top of your priority list, and for many of us nor should it be.  A couple of days of some amazing indulgence only comes around once a year and it will not ruin your long term health goals. Its all about managing a healthy lifestyle for the long term and a few non compliant meals won't derail you completely.  Try not be the killjoy at the dinner table informing everyone on what you think are good or bad foods, no one wants to hear about that on a day of celebration.  Treasure the time with your family and enjoy eating your favourite dish if you so desire.

7: Be happy and merry

Enjoy your life now, yes losing weight, getting fit and changing your body composition does increase your happiness somewhat but waiting to live life until you’ve dropped that extra weight isn’t going to help you with that long term goal. Be happy and grateful for all the wonderful things in your life, we all have imperfections and that’s what makes us so unique. We are going to slip up, enjoy junkfood and make mistakes, we are all human remember.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Years, may 2014 be your best year yet!

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