So we find ourselves in December sitting atop the slippery slope to the festive season. Just how did that happen so fast?
The festive season is really ‘feasting’ season for many of us…and all that we have strived hard to achieve throughout the year gets pushed to one side as we attend function after function. You know the stuff that takes a back seat – good nutrition and mindful eating, shedding unwanted kilos and implementing get-fit plans…often with promises of re-committing on that date: 1st January.
But then there are holidays with the kids and Australia Day and suddenly it’s February…and we are already feeling defeated.
How do you stay on the healthy train without getting de-railed? The concept is simple but it takes hard work and commitment – the changes we make to live a healthier life have to be sustainable for the long term (your entire life, really).
So take a moment to sit back, breathe and take stock of how far you have come and how you will continue to move forward:
- Priortise your health and well-being – and understand that just a few fe(a)stive weeks can take months to undo.
- Commit to continuing your exercise routine – it is in busy and stressful times that we need exercise AND routine even more. Build movement into your diary (just like that catch up with your bestie – it’s just as important for you).
- Recognise that there are days when the journey won’t go to plan (you missed the alarm, didn’t exercise and you have catch-ups with three friends – breakfast, lunch and dinner). It happens. Don’t beat yourself up. Just get back on track tomorrow.
- Listen to your body – something that we often forget to do. Are we really hungry or are we thirsty? Do we really want that extra piece of Christmas pudding (this is my particular struggle). Have I taken the time to rest/meditate/sleep/play? Have I moved enough? What food does my body need?
- Plan to stay on track and to re-commit every morning. Help others to stay on track – plan time with your gym buddy and plan healthier food options with your family and friends for gatherings.
- Celebrate your family and friendships. Celebrate you. Celebrate and be thankful for the gift of nourishment – a gift not to be splurged or squandered but respected and honoured.
Above all enjoy the season…sensibly.
Article by Nutritionist Melinda Overall. Melinda is a popular guest speaker at Golden Door and will be returning Saturday 7th February, 2015 presenting on the topic ‘Busting Food Myths’. For information click here.
For more information on Melinda and her private practice click here