Warmer days, longer nights, endless party invites and end-of-year catch ups … it’s safe to say the silly season is officially upon us! If you’re worried about keeping your health and weight-loss goals on track with temptations flying at you from every angle, you’re certainly not alone. So, we’ve created this handy guide to surviving the silly season in one piece. Ready, set, bookmark!
1. Eat before you go out
Find those chips, lollies and party pies completely irresistible? It could be because you’re arriving at all those end of year parties with an empty belly.
Have a healthy, satiating meal BEFORE you head out. Trust us, greasy samosas are a lot less appealing when you’ve loaded up on something healthy and delicious.
A failsafe option? Grab an Isowhey shake before you go. Add to your favourite smoothie ingredients for a quick, healthy, protein-packed meal that actually supports weight-loss and digestive health. And with flavours like Salted Caramel and Ivory Coast Chocolate, it’s basically dessert for dinner.
2. Walk to the party
If your celebrations are within an hour’s walk away, make time to get your stroll on.
As well as packing exercise in to your day, you’ll also save on taxi fare. Win, win!
3. Make it a spritz
They don’t call it the silly season for nothing; it seems inevitable that most of us end up drinking way more that we’re used to especially with all that warm weather and holidays to celebrate.
Unfortunately, extra boozing won’t do much for your health and weight-loss goals. Alcohol provides all the calories and none of the nutrients – in fact, it uses up stored nutrients to process it. Plus, too many tipples can weaken your willpower and steer you away from your better-health goals.
So, if you partake in a glass or two, slow it down by alternating a glass of sparkling wine or beer with a glass of sparkling water. Or, opt for a refreshing spritzer – half sparkling water and half wine and with all the bubbles!
4. Don’t be afraid to say no
News flash: you don’t actually need to squeeze in Aunt Mavis’ curry buffet, Brenda from work’s birthday drinks AND your neighbour’s street party all in the same night.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by frivolity, don’t be afraid to say no to a few social events.
Make sure you’re taking at least a couple of nights a week to stay in, cook a nourishing meal and get an early night. Your body (and your waistline) will thank you for it!
Wishing you all the best for a healthy, happy party season!