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.

Photo source: ambernambrose via Flickr Creative Commons

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.

Photo source: mikebaird via Flickr/Creative Commons

Learn more about great nutrition this holiday at www.facebook.com.scdietetics

  • I hardly ever eat out. I eat sensibly for most of the year so I think that entitles me to some splurge moments, such as family celebrations and dining out


  • I find it so hard to stay focused without calorie counting :/


  • After a few cocktails its hard to do Math ;)


  • Some good little ideas, so easy to over-indulge.


  • Great article, lots of sensible advice however I find this goes out the window when I am tempted by all the treats that come out at the festive season, I find that I am exhausted most of the time anyway so this exercise thing is out of the question, I think we all know the theory but it is very hard to put it in to practice, but this may keep things at the front of my mind when I am next tempted by naughty things.


  • Thanks for the tips. It’s hard when there’s so much yummy food around though.


  • Thanks for sharing this interesting article; the pants tip made me laugh!


  • Nibblies are definitely hard for me, I keep thinking I’m only ‘having a few’ then before I know it the entire platter is gone & there’s only 4 or 6 of us. Sigh.


  • I remember I used to put my belt on tighter just to remind myself not to over eat!


  • Alcohol and “nibblies” (nuts, chips, dips, hors d’oeuvres, etc) can be the real killers at Christmas parties and family gatherings. Before you know it, you ingested double your calorie intake for the day, and you haven’t got to main course, never mind dessert.

    • So very true, and I love the nibblies, crackers and dips, don’t even want to think how many calories I add haha


  • I love the dont dress loose, I can see how this would work to my advantage, not allowing myself to eat too much


  • Good ideas and nice to see they are from a reliable source.


  • when it is called silly season, I think it is ok to let go


  • I try to keep to one drink and sip it most of the night


  • Some great ideas, thanks for sharing them.


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