Check out my quick tips to keep you on track.
Do you know I can predict the content of my clients' emails showing up in my inbox on Tuesdays after any long weekend...? Even if I am not much of a psychic. 😉
Usually they start like this...
"I was doing great until Sunday"... "OMG, Hope I didn't mess it all up!"... or my favourite "I think you'll hate me for this"...
Then they go on about how the long weekend's social gatherings made their carefully crafted wellness plan go through the window. How they overindulged in the foods they should not be touching with a stick and drinks that are not available to folks under 25. 😉
Reading those confessions always makes me smile (no, I don't blame anybody for being human), but at the same time I know that pitfalls like that can easily be avoided. Social occasions are always a challenge, especially when you are just starting on your journey to improve your health and the new ways of eating have not sunk in just yet. Plus when you are out and about enjoying your time with friends and family, you are usually limited in your choices, unless you are the host. Even then, you really don't want to feel awkward preparing different food for yourself and different menu for your guests...
But here's some good news!
Here are my top 6 tips on how not to fall off the wagon of your wellness journey.
1. Plan ahead.
Ask about menu and if possible, ask if the food you CAN have is going to be available. There is a good chance the host will accommodate your needs but you can also ask if it is ok for you to bring something of your own.
2. Fill up before heading out.
Don't come to parties starving. When hungry, your body puts on blindfolds, cortisol shuts off your logical thinking and the remnants of your will power are usually diluted with the first drink. This basically means you will grab whatever remotely edible is around you in the moment, just to fill up. So to save yourself from such desperate actions, have a light meal or a snack before heading out. Smoothies are actually a great option.
If there are absolutely no options for you to meet your plan goals, simply limit intake. You don't want to be considered rude for not tasting the food offered, but it will be much easier for you to go back to your healthy routine if you don't overburden your system.
4. Slow down and savour the moment.
Social occasions are usually perfect to de-stress (unless you're visiting your prospective or current in-laws, in which case, I'm wishing you luck 😉 ), to get together and enjoy food and each other's company. It is also a perfect opportunity to practice mindful eating. Take small bites and savour your food. Not only this is a great way to prevent overeating, but it will also help your digestive system prepare for the job, making it more efficient in extracting nutrients and removing waste.
5. Drink wisely
I usually score some brownie points with clients when I say they don't have to give up their wine or beer. Even a mojito is ok 😉 . Just make sure it is enjoyed in moderation, not in bulk. 😀 Little alcohol actually may help with digestion, despite being high in calories. And it is a good idea to eat proteins while enjoying your drinks. Meat, cheese (the French kinda figured it out for us long time ago) and beans are good options, as they will help in stabilization of insulin levels.
6. Load up on veggies!
Parties and get togethers usually have some vegetables offered, so try to get them into your system first and eat as much as you'd like. They are a great source of fiber, which will fill you up and prevent overeating or reaching for less healthy options but also the more colourful those veggies are, the more antioxidants they contain, which in turn will help to offset any "overindulgences" you may commit.
And I know, that the hardest part is to say NO, THANKS, but I do hope that you find these tips helpful in order to stay on track. Or at least make it easier for you to go back to your healthy plan.
... and if you already have a confession to make, I am just a click away... 🙂