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Booty Camps guide to surviving the festive period

Surviving the festive period

How to avoid being silly during the silly season

We all know just how frenetic the festive period can get. There always seems to be too much to do: presents to buy, parties to plan, meals to arrange, rooms to decorate, food to cook, and the list goes on. And, to make it worse, calories loom everywhere. The silly season is a season of excess with all the calorie-rich food and drinks that seem to feature every day. So how do you survive all of this? How do you seek your sanity and keep your figure? Here’s how…

You’ve heard this before: everything in moderation
You’ve no doubt heard this wisdom countless times before. But it is just that: wisdom. Allow yourself to relax and enjoy your time with family, friends and colleagues, but don’t let it get out of hand. Have small portions of food several times a day and try to focus on the healthier elements of any meal. Try to limit the amount of unhealthy snacks and desserts that you eat. As for drinks, after each soft drink or alcoholic drink, make sure to drink a glass of water. But try not to overindulge in too many alcoholic drinks: they are, after all, liquid calories.
Focus on maintaining your weight
This is not the time when you should be expecting to lose lots of weight. With all the parties, meals and other celebrations, calories lurk around every corner. And, as we’ve said, it’s okay to enjoy yourself and have the odd little treat. Having said that, that doesn’t mean you can completely ignore your body. Whilst trying to lose weight right now will probably result in guilt, frustration and disappointment, you can focus on maintaining your weight. So try to stick to a healthy diet and make sure that you exercise regularly.

Always opt for the healthier options
Avoiding unhealthy food can be difficult when you’re attending parties and functions, but there are some ways in which you can limit the damage. When it comes to drinking, have a glass of water after every alcoholic drink. As for your choice of alcohol, opt for lite beers, wine spritzers, or skinny girl cocktails. As for the food, look for fruit or vegetable based snacks. If you’re hosting the party, or taking a plate of eats somewhere, always include healthy options. Think of things like vegetables with salsa or hummus, a seasonal fruit platter, or a fresh salad.

Stash healthy snacks in your handbag
All women know that shopping is tiring work. If you’re heading to the mall with a long list of presents to shop for, you’ll no doubt feel the need to have a snack to keep you going. Unfortunately, shopping centres are littered with tempting but unhealthy snack options. Rather than giving in to those baked festive goods, keep a small portion-controlled snack in your handbag. A combination of carbs, protein and fat will satisfy those hunger pangs and keep you fill while you finish your shopping. Great options include a few nuts with some dried fruit, some turkey jerky, or a snack bar with less than 200 calories.

Keep yourself hydrated
Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the festive season. This will help you to keep hydrated and feel less hungry. You’ll end up eating less, and drinking fewer calorie-rich drinks. And if you do happen to have too much to drink at a party, it’s even more important to drink lots of water the next day to rehydrate your system.

Keep sane: have a good workout
Having a good workout is always a good idea, but it’s especially important at this time of year. Running, circuits, boxing, and other exercises are a great way to burn off those extra calories that you’ve probably consumed. Get outdoors and let the sunshine invigorate you while you work up a sweat. You’ll start to feel normal again and get the energy you need to tackle the next item on your festive to-do list.

Get those 40 winks
With all the parties and endless lists of things to do and prepare, sleep becomes a rare thing during the festive season. Try to make sure that you get enough quality sleep. It’s important to look after your body and let it gets the rest it needs – this is when your body will recover from the excesses and frenetic activities that are all too frequent at this time of year.

Manage your workload
Trying to balance work with all the other elements of your life is difficult enough at any other time of year. In the build up to Christmas and New Year it is even more of a challenge. Now you’re adding all your preparations to everything else that you usually have to get done on a daily or weekly basis. If possible, try to take leave or reduce your time at work at this time of year. This way you’ll have more time to enjoy the preparations and time with family and friends. It will also enable you to make sure that you can still keep up your exercise regime and avoid the dreaded holiday bulge.

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