This post shall give you tips and tricks to surviving the holiday season!
To be completely honest, this is my first really big holiday season! In past years, I have either worked during Christmas or haven’t worked for companies that have Christmas parties so I could never understand why people had to “survive.” Now I work for a great company that receives a lot of gift baskets for the employees, we are getting a breakfast catered for us (super excited about that!) and then there are all the Christmas parties as well!
I have never seen so much food in my life!!!
And by food, I mean: chocolate (so much chocolate!), chips, cheese, antipasto platters….. the list just keeps going!
So how am I going to survive all this? I thought that I had some pretty good will power but in the first couple of days of the gift baskets, I knew that I was going to have to devise a pretty good game plan to avoid all the temptations that (literally) sit on my desk!
So what is my game plan you ask? Well it simple, but so far it has worked so I am going to share it with all you fine fellows:
Olivia’s Game Plan For The Holidays
1. Start your day with a good breakfast and a strong cup of coffee
If you come to work hungry then by 10am you are going to be grabbing for the first thing that you see and guaranteed, you are not going to feel too great if your first meal of the day is chocolate caramels. Having a good, solid breakfast is going to leave you satisfied and a good strong coffee…. well everyone needs one of them in the morning 🙂 But if you are feeling alert, you are not going to be craving a sweet treat so soon.
2. Drink lots of water
When you are thirsty, your body sometimes tells you that you are hungry. If you work in a climate controlled office, this is especially true as the air is so much drier so you become dehydrated faster. Have a large water bottle next to your desk and sip from it regularly. It jazz it up, add some lemon or orange slices, and you will find it easier to pass on that giant cheese platter that is calling your name.
3. Have a “sweet” tea to curb those cravings
I love tea!! My favourite at the moment is Earl Grey with some milk in it. Whenever I am at a dinner party and desserts are coming out, I have a cup of tea first. The proteins and fat from the milk fill me up and the warmness of the tea is like a hug from the inside (I love hugs) so if I do have some dessert, I don’t feel like I need as much.
4. Treat dessert like you could have it at ANY time
Talking about dessert, you can have some, totally do! If you don’t then you will feel like you are missing out and maybe even eat more at the next party. The human psychology can be so twisted so times….. Anyway, what I mean by this statement is remember that dessert is everywhere, it’s at work, it’s at this party, it is at home as well. If you wanted dessert, you could literally have it at anytime. So if you can have it whenever, you only want a small amount now. No big deal, if you want some more later, there is going to be plenty around. I find this one helps me a lot as I hate missing out.
5. Choose your treats wisely
In addition to statement 4, you also want to choose which treats you are going to have. Personally, I love pumpkin pie and ferrero rochers, so I am going to hold out for them. If I have another chocolate, it just doesn’t taste as good so why eat it when I can have the ultimate chocolate!!
6. Don’t starve yourself before a big meal
You know how it goes, don’t eat all day because you are going to eat so much tonight. No, no, no!! Don’t do it to yourself! Have a good breakfast and a light lunch and then treat that dinner like any other dinner that you would have. If you starve yourself all day, a few things are going to happen but it’s mainly going to be lots of bloating after your big meal and no one likes that feeling!
7. Walk it off
If you do overindulge, it is so easy to sit down and not move because you are so full. Especially if someone puts on a movie, then it’s impossible! Before you settle into your little food coma, challenge yourself to a little walk. Just 5 minutes to get some fresh air, that’s all you need. Getting outside is the hardest part, so once you have done a 5 minute walk, you can probably handle being out there for a little bit longer. Get some family members to join in and you will all feel a little bit better.
8. Be kind to yourself
This is probably the most important point of all! You are a human and you are wonderful and if you eat an extra slice of pumpkin pie (I know I am going to!) then it’s OK. The world won’t end, your jeans are still going to fit and when you have a positive attitude towards your food, it is easier to go back to eating how you would normally. Christmas is a time of celebration so celebrate! and enjoy those foods that only come around for this time of the year.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and if you have some questions or suggestions of how you “survive” the holiday season then leave a comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts!
Have a great week, Olivia xx