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Staying Merry and Well this Festive Season

Written by Vitality Clinician Jonny Kibble
There are plenty of office parties and Christmas events going on at this time of year. But have no fear, you can still stay healthy while going out and enjoying yourself with a little bit of planning. The best way to stay healthy consistently, is to live a life you love.

If you fail to prepare then prepare to fail as they say! So here are some simple ideas on how you can go out to your office Christmas parties, enjoy yourself but still keep on track with a heathy lifestyle.

We need to look pre event, during and post. Most things can be done before you go out so you're prepared. Most importantly of all though, don’t beat yourself up for enjoying your office Christmas party, it’s a time of year to enjoy yourself and relax.

Pre – 

Work out what you are going to eat before going out.
Having a solid, filling meal before going out will reduce the amount you want to consume during the event. Protein should be key here as it has high satiety value (it fills you up). Something like steak and veg or a chilli would be great. If you're a vegetarian then get in those grains and beans!

Reduce your calorie intake. If you're consuming a lot of calories at an event and you know that you will be; reduce your intake either on that day before hand or during the week. If you need 1,800 calories/day to lose weight then maybe try having 1,600 on a few days so you have extra calories to play around with at the event!

During -

Consume food and drink in moderation. If you are drinking, why not try to alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and sticking to spirits with low-calorie mixers? This is where planning what you'll have beforehand comes in. If the aim is to enjoy your drinks, take it slow, enjoy!

Know what drinks are available. You'll edge towards what you enjoy or what’s cheapest so take some time to look at what they serve when you first get there. Give yourself a limit on what you'll drink so once you're there you know to stop. Setting this while sober is the best plan of action.

Post - 

Make sure you have fresh and healthy food in the house ready.
One thing that can add a lot of un-necessary calories post event is junk food. If you make sure you have some nice, healthy meals prepared in the house beforehand, you'll have these meals in place ready to eat and thus, less likely to snack on bad foods. Drink plenty of water, rehydrate.

Go for a brisk walk. Try to stay as active as you can the day after. Wrap up warm and go for fast-paced walk. The fresh air and steps will make you feel a lot better! Happy holidays!