December is just around the corner and you know what that means...... Festive parties!!!!
You have trained so hard to get where you are now, so the last thing you want to do is ruin it with the 3 Cs (bad carbs, chocolate and cocktails)
Here are a few tips to help keep you on track this festive season.
Top up on Vitamin D
With weaker sunny day's and shorter daylight hours it can be a challenge to get enough vitamin D from the sun in winter. Having low vitamin D can lead to Vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets and bone deformities like osteoporosis.
You can get vitamin D from red meats, oily fish, liver, egg yolks. If you are on a plant based diet you can always take Vitamin D pills.
Calm your carb cravings
The cold season tends to ignite our cravings for more carbs and comfort foods. To counter this try eating a protein-packed breakfast to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
When the 3pm lul hits be sure to have low-fat and healthy snacks on hand.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are a healthy type of fat that are naturally found in many foods types including fish, plant seeds and nuts.
Studies have also shown that omega 3 fatty acids help lower levels of depression, which people commonly feel during the shorter days of winter.
Eat more fiber
Soluble fiber found in apples, oats and nuts is an important way to decrease inflammation and boost immune system function. Soluble fiber also helps reduce cholesterol levels in the body and aids weight loss and protection against diabetes.
Eat more Green and Orange vegetables
Sticking primarily to vegetables and fruits that are dark green and orange is important in ensuring you're getting healthy nutrients sugars and fats.
Spinach , kale, Swiss chard, squash, carrots and oranges are all delicious during the winter.
Cook with spices
Onions, Garlic Ginger and Cilantro are the perfect items to add flavour to your dishes. Not only do they make food taste great, but they're also shown to help improve immune function.
Plan your exercise a week in advance
Try to stick to a weekly exercise plan so you don't put off your regular exercise schedule for the next seven days.
Knowing what you're scheduled to do each day ahead of time makes it easier to stick to it.