When life gets a little crazy busy, aim to be prepared for the weeks with meal prepping. Try double batch cooking and freezing. Keep canned or frozen foods handy, such as vegetables, eggs, baked beans & wholegrain bread for quick and healthy meals. If you can, take some time for yourself to do something you love.
2. Don’t restrict yourself
Though there may be more treats around than usual, it’s important not to restrict yourself before or after social occasions, by skipping meals. Stick to fresh whole foods where possible, with loads of fruits and vegetables, and remember this season is a small part of the year, so enjoy it and listen to your body.
3. Find time to move
Movement is so important for both your physical and mental health. Small steps count, so even 10-15 minutes of activity is a great start, try gradually building up to 30 minutes a day. Switch off by playing a podcast or your favourite music.
4. Listen to your hunger cues
It’s easy to overeat when food is plentiful. Tune into your hunger & fullness signals by taking your time. Remember it takes 20-30 minutes after eating for these signals to occur. Eat with awareness; choose foods you really feel like, to avoid mindless grazing.
Don’t let a day, a week, or even a month derail your overall health and wellbeing. It’s a small part of the year and whilst it’s important to make healthful choices and keep moving, it is also ok to indulge sometimes. If you can give yourself permission to enjoy, and tune into your body’s messages, it can help to avoid unhelpful guilt. Aim to keep routine and structure where possible.
By Emma McShane, Dietitian & Nicole Bando, APD, IBCLC