I can’t believe it’s December! The year seems to have flown by but there is still nearly 1/12th of it left so make the most of it! December is the time when most people forget about healthy eating and exist on sugar, caffeine, alcohol and little sleep. No wonder so many of us end up ill at Christmas! But, I get that it can be difficult and you don’t want to be the boring one that just has salad and a glass of water each time you go out. Well, it doesn’t have to be like that!

A glass of wine or 2 can still be enjoyed a couple of times a week

A glass of wine or 2 can still be enjoyed a couple of times a week

On the flip side, December doesn’t have to just be one big long binge of too much food and alcohol making you feel lousy for most of the month and even more hideous when you brave the scales in January. That then sets off the yearly setting of New Years resolutions and losing weight is usually featured on there somewhere. If losing weight was one of your resolutions, how did it go? Watch out for my January packages and offers launching soon and make sure that weight loss never needs to be a resolution again by ditching the diet once and for all.

If you don’t want to pile on the weight this December, then here are 3 tips to help you:

  1. Stop dieting and telling yourself you’re fat! Maybe you’re not the weight you would like to be but your brain is crafty and if you tell yourself you’re fat, guess what? You’ll get fat! Tell yourself instead that you’re healthy and your brain will look for the healthy choice. Willpower is about 5% of this and your subconscious thoughts about 95%. Make sure you give yourself the right message!
  2. Have healthy options in the house for your visitors. They won’t be offended if you don’t have a cupboard full of mince pies and 5 large tubs of chocolate ready for them. How about putting out some unsalted nuts and getting creative with non alcoholic drinks such as flavoured sparkling water? Of course, you may still want to offer alcohol which is fine (it is Christmas after all). Offering non sugar options will help you keep that sweet tooth in check and reduce the cravings.
  3. Allow yourself a treat. Depending on how many parties and social occasions you have, this may not be every time but don’t feel guilty for the times you do have a treat. This is really important and often where a lot of people go wrong. They can’t quite get the balance between having a treat every now and again and it helping them stay on track and having too many so they go off track. What works for you? My advice is 1-2 per week depending on you. If you’re having a works Christmas party, you might choose that to be your cheat night but then nothing else for the week.

I’ve been asked to keep the Drop A Dress size program registration open for a bit longer so here’s your chance to grab it before the price goes up. Register here then follow the link from the email to buy and download your plan. There’s no boring salads and nothing is completely banned. The plan is low gluten and diary, high real food and protein with tons of taste thrown in too for good measure. Interested? Register here and buy before Friday at 9am when then price goes up.

You can also visit the Facebook page for our daily advent calendar full of hints and tips to enjoy the Christmas season and stay healthy too https://www.facebook.com/WiseChoiceNutrition/