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4 Super Simple Ways To Reclaim Healthy After The Holidays

The Christmas holidays are a time of massive indulgence for many of us. In fact, even those who have managed to stick to healthy diet and exercise programs all year long often fall off the wagon at the end of the year. You're in good company!

Let's be honest. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying some extra nibbles and champers from time to time, or at this time of year. In fact, studies show that following restrictive diets actually makes things harder in the long run for most people. However, it’s important not to let loose and go completely overboard, otherwise you’ll undo all of your good work and make the start of the new year that much harder!

So let me share a few Health Coach secrets that I give my clients to help you get back on track and avoid any further kilo creep. I promise these suggestions won’t take away all of your fun, but it will mean you’ll feel a lot better about your health this month. Pinky promise!

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Watch What You Drink

All those extra parties are a big source of excess calories during the silly season. Not just because of all the festive food, but because of all the beers, cocktails and other alcohol that is usually consumed along with it!

Cocktails and seasonal drinks can contain far more calories than you might realise - especially cocktails and creamy liqueurs. Try to limit your alcohol intake if possible--and yes, I know it’s hard after a hectic day toddler chasing or juggling the kids on school holidays.

If it’s too hard, try a vitamin enriched fizzstick. These are a fantastic alternative to alcohol and provides a nourishing dose of essential vitamin Bs (which the body needs to produce energy), antioxidant-rich green tea, chromium (weight loss) and other trace minerals. They fizz like champagne and offer a tasty pick me up or hangover cure.

If you just can't give up the vino, red wine is better for you over white varieties and is known as the healthiest type of wine you can drink. White wines are usually lower in alcohol and calories than red wine. Choose from Pinot Grigio, Riesling, or Vino Verde which have fewer calories than other whites such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Viognier. For reds, choose Pinot Noir which has a notably higher resveratrol concentration than any other red wine making it a "healthier" choice. Resveratrol decreases bad cholesterol (LDL), while increasing the good cholesterol (HDL).

If cocktails is more your thing, then try making mocktails and use shaved ice to make up the bulk of your glass and help keep you hydrated and cool in the Aussie heat. Blend up high fibre berries such as blueberry, strawberry, raspberry and blackberry, or a combo of each.

I am not a big drinker so I love making up refreshing and nutritional mocktails with fizzsticks (see above) and crushed ice. A replacement for your morning coffee or for when you start to feel the afternoon sleepies, fizzsticks to create a refreshing bubbly drink based on vitamin Bs for natural energy. If you are not a drinker, these definitely a must for all your holiday party nights!

To keep hydrated, try these easy to use apps such as Daily Water, iDrated, and Waterlogged. These apps make it super easy to track your water consumption on a daily basis, and range from free to just $.99 per download.

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Balance Your Calories Day to Day

If you went all out over Christmas, restart weight loss now and balance this out by eating fewer calories earlier on in the day if you know you will be attending dinner parties.

Now this does NOT mean that you should starve yourself or skip entire meals before parties – doing this can actually lead to overeating when you do eat. Instead, eat lighter meals full of high fibre fruits and vegetables that’ll help you feel fuller before the party. Balance this out with clean, lean protein and a healthy fat.

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Plan Your Workout Schedule In Advance

Many of us find that our schedule is all over the place after New Years, so it’s that harder to stick to a routine. But making sure that you work out regularly comes down to mindset and routine. If it is not booked as an appointment with yourself, it is far too easy to skip your workouts when you’re overloaded. The thing is, exercise is just the thing to help you destress and burn off steam. Don’t fall off the wagon!

Try to plan things in advance. If you have time you can escape from the kids (or stuff them in the gym creche), be sure to plan which days you’ll be getting up to workout. And, if your gym closes over the holidays, either put together a home workout schedule for yourself or re-arrange your workout days for when the gym is open.

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Get Enough Sleep!

I can't stress this one enough. Your social calendar has probably been chockablock for weeks with the kids on school holidays. Be careful not to sacrifice your sleep in order to keep up with everything! Studies have shown that a lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain. It’ll affect how hungry you feel, mess up your hunger hormones and it’ll also make it harder to resist giving into cravings when you’re tired. Sleep is one of the secrets to weight management.

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