How to prevent weight gain during the holidays

How to prevent weight gain during the holidays
23 December 2019 Serena Sabala

Christmas is certainly a cherished time by most: a time of joyous celebration with family and friends. A time to take a break from our daily routines, enjoy some (often long overdue) time off and embrace traditions we’ve known and looked forward to since we were little. For many years, however, I was never fully capable of truly enjoying this time of the year without also experiencing some conflicting and even unpleasant emotions. The thing is, I like my routines, especially around food and eating; so for a long time, I struggled to find a way to enjoy this festive period whilst also staying grounded in my fitness, nutrition and wellbeing needs.

If you’ve read any of my blogs or watched any of my videos on Youtube you’ll now that food and nutrition was not always an easy subject for me: I don’t have any regrets, in fact through my challenging experiences I learned most of what I know and I’m now able to help busy professionals overcome their own struggles and heal their relationships with food.

It took me years, however, to establish healthy and balanced routines around eating and that is why for years I really struggled during the holiday period. 

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a treat and extravagant meal much like any other person out there however, this time of the year takes indulgence to a whole new level! I know that within the context of daily healthy eating Monday through Friday, a blow out on Saturday night is not going to affect me negatively. In fact, I’ve made such occurrence a fundamental part of my routine and I really look forward to it when it comes. I do also always look forward to going back to my healthier and cleaner meals on Sunday. 

Christmas is different though: where I’m from in Sicily, we start eating on Christmas eve and hardly take a break until January 2nd! That can be a solid 8 days of consecutive feasts and let me tell you, that’ll put a dent into anyone’s wellbeing, no matter how fit and healthy they are! So how do you navigate this time without completely losing it and getting to January feeling like you’ve set yourself back a few months? It took me years to figure this out but finally, I’ve come up with a list of 10 top tips that really work for me. They may not ALL apply to your circumstances but I’m sure MANY of them will and I truly hope you can find some inspirations and motivation to make it through this time of the year feeling empowered and in control but equally enjoying it.

Today, I will share with you my #1 of the top 10 wellness tips for a VERY merry Christmas. If you’d like to read more about this and all of my 10 tips, feel free to visit our store now where you’ll be able to purchase our e-book for only £3.99:

1.Set some non-negotiable boundaries and stick to them NO MATTER WHAT: They don’t have to be many nor do they have to be really strict. Keep them real but also constructive and then stick to them. No matter what. This will make you feel more confident, certain and happy with yourself.

So what are you waiting for? make this the best Christmas of your life and start 2020 as you mean to go on. NOW is the time to #maketheshift.

Wishing you all a joyous time and a super healthy, happy new year.

Serena