It’s the holidays – full of fun, festivities, fetes, fanciful feasts and…
…phew, they sure can be tiring days. How do you get through the holiday season as a mum and still retain your glow of good health? After all, you’ve worked so hard during the year to keep yourself fit and nutritious. No need to ruin that now…
Here are tips for busy mums at the holiday to get through your avalanche of commitments and come out on top, health-wise:
Dressing for a ‘do? Skip the loose duds:
While kaftans may be trendy this year, wearing such a flowy garment to a party may not be in your best interest. Don’t give yourself the excuse that you can over-eat because you’re wearing baggy clothes. Wear a waisted garment, or add a belt. Not only is this a chic, pulled-together look – but it’s also a great way of reminding yourself when enough is enough!
Go easy on the cocktails:
Watch your alcohol that you consume at parties – but even more so, the food you eat with it. Food that is consumed with alcohol is easily stored as fat. So when you tipple, try and avoid high calorie foods – think fried, breaded or rich with gooey cheese. Also, keep in mind that alcohol increases your appetite, so you’re likely to munch more.
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Do the maths:
It’s elementary, my dear Watson! Smart eating is about numbers. Remember, for weight management, energy in (food) should be less than energy out (exercise). So it’s a simple equation: you MUST exercise on a party day to ensure this occurs. That’s right, no skipping the gym or beach walk – in fact, that bit of sweating is more necessary than ever! And grab a friend to make it twice as fun.
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