It doesn’t have to be that way. You can step off the devastating slippery slide by taking a fresh look at how you think about and react to ‘wayward’ consumption.
For a start, one day of ‘wayward’ eating or drinking is not a concern
A one-off doesn’t ‘wreck your plan’, ‘ruin your success’ or ‘mean you’ve blown it’.
'Wayward' doesn't exist.
Your body doesn’t clock on and off every day; it runs on a continuous adjusting cycle over your entire life. Tap into that cycle and look at how your week and month are going.
There are plenty more days in the week and month that allow you and your body to adjust and account for the extras you have.
What happens in the longer time-frame is more important than what you just did in a single day or single meal.
It is perfectly okay to eat more one day and less the next. It is actually very normal to eat more sometimes, less at other times.
It is perfectly okay to balance your food choices over a week and not get locked into or wound up and worried about daily targets.
It is perfectly okay to save up red-extras (you might call them forbidden foods but I don’t) for a feast.
Extreme food restriction and dieting will trip you up, each and every time
Your body and mind will fight you all the way if you cut down the kilojoules too low or start putting too many foods in a totally forbidden zone.
You will go to the event starving which makes you more sensitive to the effects of alcohol.
Persistent self-talk will convince you to break lose with a ‘what the heck’ attitude, ‘after all you’ve been good’, and entice you to party hard and overindulge because ‘you can jump back on the strict diet tomorrow’.
Accept that over the silly season with more wining and dining, preventing further weight gain may be the new season’s goal if you are overweight.
Be more discerning about when, where and with whom you celebrate.
Finger food and platters
Formal sit-down dinners
- Offer to help the host plate up the meals - that way you can serve the best amount for yourself.
- Feel comfortable about leaving some of each course behind knowing that there is more to come.
- Taste and enjoy each course and stop when you have had enough or the taste is no longer exciting or enticing.
- If necessary, explain that you’re not used to eating three courses and you want to keep room to try each one.
- Don’t want dessert but don’t want to say no thanks to the hosts?
- Say you’re too full already but you’d love to take a little serve home. You can choose to bin it straight away or eat it another day.
Look forward to the Christmas goodies on Christmas Day.
Anticipation is part of the excitement of special occasion foods.
By keeping special foods truly special, you’ll feel good about enjoying them on the big day.
avoid attempting a trade-off between exercise and food
Think you can easily burn off the kilojoules in a night of partying? A nice thought and being active is great but in reality, trying to burn off excess kJs with more exercise is close to futile.
Exercise is great for clearing the cobwebs and freshening up.
An active body is also better able to naturally regulate its size and intake.
Exercise does burn calories (kJs) but the amount of effort you need to put in to burn a meal’s kJs is more than most normal folk can dream of doing.
Consider locking in an exercise session or walk with a buddy for the morning after a party, not to burn off the booze and food but because you just might be less inclined to overindulge when you know you have an early start the next day.
better manage your social diary
Be selective about which invitations you accept.
Arrive late or depart early to reduce eating and drinking time and opportunities.
Plan get-togethers and social catch-ups that don’t involve eating and alcohol.