Whether you are approaching Christmas, Thanksgiving, a Birthday or any other celebration, diets tend to get thrown out the window! It’s entirely inevitable and even the best of us will be drawn into a feeding frenzy of processed foods, refined sugar and other poor dietary choices.
If you’re unable to remain a perfect feeder here’s my top five tips for damage limitation:
• Motivation: find a way to stay on course. Maybe that’s by sticking a picture on your fridge to remind you to make smart eating choices. If your goal is a hilly sportive next summer, why not a picture of that.
• Accountability: find a way to track what you eat. Apps like MyFitnessPal are great for setting yourself a limit. Give someone access to your food diary, it’s amazing how much smarter people eat when they know someone could be watching.
• Keep Riding: yes, don’t stop for the occasion, even if you can only manage half an hour, get it done. You’ll burn some of the food you’ve eaten and limit some of the damage done by over indulging.
• Fill Up On Healthy Food: you might still over indulge, but, if it’s healthy foods then the damage to your body might be less. If you have a sweet tooth then keep a stock of fruit, much healthier, will provide quality nutrients and might satisfy sugary cravings.
• Water: this is another little trick, drinking plenty of water might help you feel full. Replacing as much of your fluid intake with water is a smart choice too. Try drinking a large glass of water before every meal or when you’re hungry.
One of the most important factors at family gatherings and occasions is to allow yourself to relax and have fun. Pressuring yourself and giving yourself a hard time just add to the stress of training and life. If you slip up, just get back on track! No hard feelings, no guilt, just motivation to get back to your best.
Remember that you might need the support of your family nearer to your events, ensuring you have fun with them now, relaxing and not fussing about what you eat will inevitably be paid back to you later on.
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