- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:32PM
1) Make your best worst choices
Don't fret about being perfect. Often we're in situations or at events where we can't make great choices of food and drink so just make your best worst choice. Choose a glass of red wine over cocktails, add a sneaky sparkly water and lemon in the mix so it looks like a drink, and choose foods high in protein, such as prawns, nuts and eggs, when having canapes.
2) Water, water, water
We often underestimate the importance of water and around the merry season it's even more important for us. Keeping well hydrated can help minimise cravings, reduce appetite, help burn fat and reduce the impact of hangovers. Aim for 39ml per kg of bodyweight a day.
3) The first three hours of the day
Get this sorted and the rest is much more likely to fall into place. It's been known for years the first thing you eat in the morning will determine your behaviour and food choices for the rest of the day. Start with good protein and natural fats such as eggs, avocado, nuts, salmon and chia seeds.
4) Go for short, sharp exercise
Keep it simple and intense: we want to break a sweat and we don't want to spend all day exercising. Aim for three to four 15-20 minute effective sessions a week to keep in shape. That makes it easier to fit in and is more effective for fat burning and managing mood and energy.
Take time over the break to get extra sleep and let the body catch up. Sleep is imperative to function optimally, lose body fat, manage stress and recover. Doing less is sometimes doing more for body and mind.