5 Ways to Survive Christmas and New Year

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Information | Posted on 04-12-2012-05-2008

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I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas already…

…this year has gone REAL FAST!

With only a couple of weeks to go I wanted to give you some tips to help you through the festive season.

For those of you that look forward to having several different Christmas dinners with family, friends and work colleagues, I’m going to show you how you can enjoy each and every one of them and still stay lean.

Here are 5 Ways to Survive Christmas and New Year

1. Use Christmas Dinner As Your Weekly Cheat Meal

If like me you’ve just had your first dinner of the season, great.

However, if have 3 or 4 big dinners planned, that doesn’t solve the problem. So we need more solutions.

2. Pick Your Treat

If your 2nd big dinner doesn’t fall on a cheat day, then you need to prioritize your preference for tasty pleasures.

At the meal, you get to choose just ONE of the treats. It could be…

– extra potatoes with gravy
– Auntie Mary’s yule log
– a glass of Uncle Bob’s hard-core eggnog
– Grandma’s famous homemade cookies

But only have ONE of the above. Pick your treat and enjoy it guilt-free.

3. Be Perfect The Rest Of The Day

From breakfast to lunch focus on protein, fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Then enjoy your big dinner. It’s that simple.

Okay, now that you know how to survive your Christmas dinners let’s take a look at how you can approach the New Year.

I could tell you not to drink alcohol at all. That would be the sensible thing to do for sure.

It doesn’t do anything for your diet, it can make it harder to lose weight, and it can throw off your workouts the next day.

But come on. We all do it! We go out, we have drinks with friends and family, and sometimes one or two drinks become several.  Just a few little things could make it all the easier to avoid hangovers, keep working out, and lessen the sometimes brutal impact that too many alcoholic calories can have on your diet.

4. Here’s My Pre-Hangover Cure

Make sure you eat something with sugar and carbs, and drink lots of fluids.  This will prevent your hangover before it starts.

5. The Secret Is To Hack Your “Buzz”

You do this by constantly ordering a pint of water along with your beer.  Drink your beer, then drink the pint of water as quickly as possible.   Then repeat the process, your buzz won’t be affected at all and you’ll still feel as drunk as any other time you go out.

You’ll have to hit the bathroom a little more often, and you may drink at a slightly slower rate, depending on how much you can take. But drinking water will allow you to:

– have a slightly more normal sleep
– go to work the next day without a splitting headache
– and most importantly, get back to your diet or exercise program

What Have You Got Planned?

Tell us about your plans for the festive season and if you have your own ways to survive Christmas and New Year?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

–Nigel

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