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10 Top-Tips for a Stress-Free Festive Season

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The Dec/Jan 2022 edition of The Ballito Magazine is out and has been distributed. Click Here to view this gorgeous edition online!

In this issue, you can read and share Kate’s article on how to survive the festive season.

It’s that party season again! How can you have a great time without either restricting yourself or putting on lots of weight? This Holiday Survival Guide will give you some ideas for what to avoid and what fabulous healthy and delicious choices you can make in order for you to look good and feel healthy in January without the stress of feeling deprived or any added pressure on yourself!

Don’t try to diet over the festive period.
Set a maintenance goal instead. This is more realistic and much more achievable. This will give you the freedom to enjoy yourself without the feelings of distress or the pressure to rebel. Science shows if we fail or feel guilty, the reward centre in our brain is triggered, and this often means cravings!

Normal routine tends to go out of the window over the holidays.
However, make sure you don’t forget about yourself and still take the time to plan your food. That way, you will still have the right choices in the house, and it will be much easier to succeed. At a point where we don’t want to eat the wrong things, it is a shame to fail just because that is all we have on hand.

This is so easy to avoid just by giving it some thought and preparation. Give yourself the best chance of succeeding!

Don’t go to a party hungry. If you do, you will give in to your body’s urges for sugar.

Watch your portion sizes – particularly fast-release carbohydrates and fats.

Take healthier dishes with you to parties, including protein.

Make good alcohol choices. Avoid creamy or sweet drinks. Try to drink with food as this will reduce the impact of the sugars in the bloodstream.

Make the effort to continue with your exercise programme. If your usual classes aren’t running, choose other options instead, e.g. brisk walks with friends and family.

Be gentle with yourself. If you do happen to overindulge, enjoy whatever you are indulging in and get back on track afterward.

Drink plenty of water. This will encourage you not to overeat and will also improve how you feel the next day!

Have fun!

TOP TIP Encourage the family to get out in the fresh air with you for a morning walk – it’s a great way to start the day and spend quality family time together too.

“Many times people back away from things they want to do, from the dreams they have nurtured, because they cannot envision a clear way to bring those goals to reality.” Les Brown

About Kate:
Kate has been in the health industry for over 20 years as a health coach, using her skills as a nutritionist, personal trainer and homeopath to ensure people achieve their goals and stop running on quick fixes and coffee to manage stress.

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