The silly season is in full swing, but often the sea of never-ending canapés, bottomless champagne flutes and too many late nights can leave you with blotchy skin, tiredness, a grouchy mood and unwanted weight gain.
Here are 5 simple party tricks to have up your sleeve for a guilt-free festive season.
TAKE THE FIRST BITE
That first bite of creamy cheese or scrumptious dessert is usually the best one! No one wants to deprive themselves at this time of year so enjoy a couple of bites mindfully, rather than continue to nosh because it is there. If you savour a small portion of the not-so-healthy food you will enjoy it more and be less likely to overindulge.
While its fun to enjoy a drink, liquid calories quickly add up and lower your inhibitions, which means you’ll probably end up eating more than you planned. Be kind to your waistline (and your liver) by alternating each alcoholic drink with sparkling mineral water to keep you hydrated (and avoid a nasty hangover). Better still, ask the bar tender to pour the sparkling water in a wine glass with a squeeze of fresh lime, so it feel (and looks) like you’re still taking part in the fun.
It’s tempting to let your exercise routine slide a little when sunset drinks are calling, Even the healthiest among us are bound to overindulge, which is totally OK if you are still moving your body regularly to burn those festive indulgences. In order to ensure you stick to a regular workout regime, get it over and done with in the A.M. Research shows that morning exercisers are better at sticking with their workout schedule because an impromptu meeting or happy hour is likely to interfere.
TAME THE HUNGER
If you know you are one to overindulge on the finger-food, make sure to satisfy your hunger at least a few hours before arriving to an event. The last thing you want to do is rock up ravenous and eat whatever is on hand. If you set yourself up with a great a wholesome breakfast and lunch, and a light snack late afternoon (green smoothie, nuts or veggie sticks), you’ll feel energised and satisfied and therefore less likely to eat on autopilot.
SOCIALISE INSTEAD OF EATING
Focus your energies on making conversation with others instead of focusing on foods. Avoid standing right next to the food table so you’re not distracted by the sight and smell of food.