My secret to staying on track during party season

If you find it hard to stick to your healthy eating plan at this time of year, I’m here to help.

November hails the start of the party season. Invitations to family gatherings, work gatherings or long-overdue catch ups with friends start to pile up.

Trying to lose weight with constant distractions is hard. And at this time of the year it can be tempting to let your healthy lifestyle plan go to the wayside. But I guarantee if you choose this option and give up on your weight loss now, come January, you will be so down on yourself. When reality hits and you see the damage on the scales it will be a sad day.

Today I have 5 simple tips to help keep you on track over the festive season:

1. Check your diary

At the start of each week check what social events you have on. By doing this you can be proactive with your planning for the week.

2. Plan your menu

Write a menu plan for the week considering the social gatherings you have planned. If you’re going out for dinner, ensure you have a light lunch or vice versa – if you’re out to lunch, have a light dinner. On the quiet days have less calories to help compensate for the outings.

3. Keep exercising

When checking your diary at the beginning of the week, make sure you include your exercise sessions for the week. Don’t just skip the session if your social engagements clash with your exercise times, reschedule it. This is the time when you need to increase your exercise to help with all the functions and extra eats and drinks.

4. Stay hydrated

Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. So, make sure you’re getting your 8 glasses a day. Make water the first drink at a social gathering water and include several more glasses during the time out. Have more alcohol-free days in your week as well.

5. Try my secret weapon

So, this one is my personal saviour… I use my shakes to fill the gaps. For example, if I’m going to an event that has finger food, I have a shake before I go, because I know most finger food is deep-fried. If I’ve been out to lunch, I’ll have a shake and a couple of rice cakes with cheese and salad for dinner. Most importantly I know I’m not compromising my health because my shakes are filled with loads of vitamins and minerals to help me get through the busy time without falling in a heap.

Here are 5 quick facts about my shakes

  • Contains 15g of protein and 7g of fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer
  • 99% fat free and just 158 calories per serve
  • Convenient just add cold water and shake
  • 5 Star Health Star Rating
  • 14 single serve sachets per pack – less than $3 per serve

Having a plan as you head into the silly season is ideal. If you don’t plan you may find that you compromise yourself by grabbing food you know isn’t healthy. Enjoy this magical time of year and remember – Nothing tastes as good as being slim and healthy feels.

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