Are you one of the many people that finds it easier to make healthier choices when you are in your typical weekly routine but then struggle to keep in control at celebration events or social occasions? Sometimes all it takes is for one heavy night out to completely derail your healthy living intentions. Here are my top ten tips to stay on the happier, healthier track if you have an upcoming special event or social occasion to look forward to.
- Plan Ahead
If you know you have an event or social occasion approaching, plan a healthy week in the lead up to the event – get lots of exercise in, have healthy meals and snacks and limit the sweet treats and alcohol.
- Exercise on the day
An exercise session on the day of the event will put you on top form, feeling energised and in a good mood with your body feeling that little bit firmer! Great for feeling good about yourself.
- Eat before you go
Many people make the mistake of doing the complete opposite, practically starving themselves the day of the event. When you are in a state of hunger, your body craves fats and sugar more. Eat first and you will have more control and make better decisions.
- Make a rule
Pick a simple rule for the evening that will keep you focused. You could try; not having any nibbles, only having two courses, having a glass of water between drinks. Whichever personalised rule you make for yourself, stick to it!
- Drive, don’t drink
If you are the designated driver it will be easier to refuse alcoholic drinks when they are offered. If you are planning on drinking alcohol, a glass of water between drinks and choosing a lower calorie/sugar option, can act as damage limitation!
- Ask for support
Many people have special dietary requirements these days. You have yours also. Although they may not be allergy related, if you are trying to eat healthier, perhaps you could let your host or the people you are with know. We all need to be healthier and they may be inspired to plan a healthier menu for everyone because of you request!
- Sit away from the nibbles!
Not eating before you go can lead to feeling like a savage beast when the nibbles are sat down beside you! If you never got a chance to eat first, move to a place where the nibbles are out of reach!
- Smaller portions
Sometimes you may not have control over what you are served, but you will have control over how much you eat. Ask for a smaller portion. If you’re at a buffet choose a smaller plate. Eating before you go will give you control over this too.
- Plan a healthy aftermath
In advance of the event, ensure you have your cupboards stocked with healthy foods so that there is no excuse that can stop you getting back on track as soon as possible. This most important – a one-off event won’t do too much damage in comparison with days and weeks of unhealthy habits.
- Enjoy yourself
Life is to be enjoyed and social occasions are the perfect opportunity to do so. You can enjoy yourself whist also feeling empowered that you are in control and making better choices. Whatever the outcome, never beat yourself up, just accept what’s happened and move on as quickly as you can.
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