How to Indulge: Mindfully.

Christmas holidays are a time to celebrate, not to feel guilty about what you’ve eaten!

Because feeling guilty sucks… doesn’t it?!

So I would like to give you some of the ways in which I think indulging can be made easy and not too OTT.

Unless you remain completely clean during the festive period don’t expect to feel zero bloating, zero water retention, zero this zero that. If you are going to indulge, those things come with it – and that’s ok!

However, there are levels of indulgence. This is what I recommend for those who realistically want to let a little loose.

This advice for festive periods does not apply to daily life if you are trying to reach a desired physique goal which requires a good diet 80% of the time.

  1. Pick a day ie. Christmas day/Boxing day – save yourself for the big lunch – skip breakfast or have a light low calorie high protein brekkie.
  2. At lunch, munch away! Try to eat at a good pace and not rush through the food. Taking your time with food makes it more enjoyable and is a more mindful way of eating.
  3. If you want to try EVERYTHING, like me, then do so. Take little bits of each and decide what it is you want to attack the most before you attack everything in one go!
  4. Don’t eat until you can’t breathe, even if there is still food on your plate. If you are full, then stop. Finish it later.
  5. And now…. For the main event… DESSERT!
  6. Don’t be scared! Enjoy. But again, enjoy mindfully and do not overdo it to the point of feeling sick or so full that you have to sit back onto your chair and slouch down until you eventually slide off… (It’s ok, we’ve all been there). Just remember that the food is not going anywhere, you can have more in 10 min, 30 min, 2 h… AND, everything in moderation!
  7. The feeling of a CARB CRASH (or for those scientists out there, REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA) is not one to be enjoyed.

 

What is a carb crash?
A carb crash is when after having eaten a medium to large amount of refined sugar or processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, fries, burgers, sweets…), our blood sugar level spikes, causing our pancreas to send out insulin, which causes our blood sugar to drop. This makes us feel sluggish, lazy, sleepy and unable to concentrate, which makes us crave sugar again.

One last trick is to do your Christmas food shop online.

Because during the Christmas period, most processed sugary and sweet delicious foods are on the forefronts of the shelves in Supermarkets. This leads to physical temptation which 80% of the time leads to buying something you don’t need or really want. If you do your shop online, you will only buy what you need and are able to control yourself better. And this, ladies and gentlemen, goes for day to day shopping too if you are like me and get easily tempted!

CREATE THE BEST POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOU

MAKE IT EASY FOR YOURSELF TO REACH YOUR GOALS

AND THAT’S IT!

GO AND ENJOY CHRISTMAS.

A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.

LOTS OF LOVE,
AB