Christmas is such a tricky time of year nutrition-wise. There’s delicious looking food everywhere you look, everyone tells you to relax your rules (‘it’s
Christmas!’), and you’re being invited out for drinks and food every other day. It leaves you stuck constantly needing to use your willpower to fight off the urge, temptation and encouragement to give in. And we all know willpower runs out fairly quickly!
My answer is that it only happens once a year. Have what you want, but don’t have everything; if you fancy a mince pie, have a mince pie. Don’t eat the whole pack.
Of course you’ll put weight on. And that’s ok, if you’re making conscious decisions. Christmas is really only 2-3 weeks, and whatever weight you do gain will go quickly once you get back to your usual way of eating.
The key is in deciding IN ADVANCE what you’re going to do. Always decide beforehand, never when you’re hungry and trying to decide how much willpower to summon.
If your friend makes a mean mince pie, its ok to accept one, and enjoy it guilt free! If you also know she’s likely to try to pickle you in mulled wine and you’re not that bothered by it, decide in advance to only accept a half glass, or none at all if she won’t be offended.
Forward planning is also a great practice to use for small things you might not otherwise think about until the moment is upon you; like how many Quality Streets you’re going to have when Corrie comes on Christmas day. Know yourself well enough to know how detailed your plan needs to be.
Above all, it IS Christmas, and if everything goes to pot and you find yourself needing to start afresh in January, that’s ok, no punishment required. Just pick yourself up and get back to what worked for you before Christmas.