Staying on Track with Nutrition in the run-up to Christmas and a Giveaway

Hello all, I hope you had great weekends and are looking forward to the week ahead, after (let’s be honest) a pretty crazy last week in many people’s eyes! I have an absolutely fantastic guest post today that is definitely worthy of a space on my blog, by the lovely Sharon from New Dimensions Fitness. Sharon’s a firm believer that living and eating healthily is about changing your mindset, and not just yo-yo dieting or following the latest fad. 

This post of her’s couldn’t have come at a better time for myself, as it’s this time of year that I find it hard to stay on track with healthy eating and looking after myself (hands up who else just wants to sit on the sofa eating biscuits on a gloomy day?!), so her advice is more than welcome, and I thought it might be useful for other people too. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Autumn — the colours, the smells, the decor — but the onset of autumn and the rapidly approaching winter months often trigger a comfort switch in many of us that’s pretty hard to control.

You know the one: the instinctive hibernation, an increase in cosy nights on the sofa in front of the telly, hearty comfort food, and visions of all those Christmas indulgences to come! It really is my idea of heaven, but there is reason to be cautious.

Many of us work hard on our fitness and nutrition for most of the year, being mindful of the food we eat and what we’re doing to stay active. For many reasons, though, the onset of the colder weather and the creeping hand of Christmas can throw us way off course — something that isn’t helped by readily available booze *guilty* and treats at knock-down prices and the lure of festive markets.

But winter doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with a loss of control over nutrition, and the inevitable weight gain that comes with it. Colder weather and shorter days don’t mean we have to abandon our exercise regimes and strike up a far too intimate relationship with the sofa!

Luckily, Sharon Morrow, a Personal Trainer and Body Transformation Expert with nearly twenty years of experience, is on hand to share some advice about staying on track with nutrition in the countdown to Christmas.

Oh, and I also have a great giveaway at the end of the post to win a copy of her new nutrition e-book, either on Kindle of PDF, for two lucky readers!

Over to Sharon…

Reduce the carbs

Autumn and winter have the potential to provide us with some seriously good seasonal fruits and vegetables that can be easily thrown together into hearty one-pot meals, or left to cook in the slow cooker while you’re at work.

The thing to remember is to try and avoid an unnecessary increase in your carbohydrate intake. The temptation is to add bread or other carb-rich sides to soups and stews, when you are already getting all the nutrition you need from the main event. You don’t need the added carbs!

Carbohydrates are by no means bad for you. We all need some in our diet, but the current recommended daily allowance of around 60% is, in my opinion far too high and the recommendations of where these carbs should come from are ambiguous at best.

Your main carbohydrates source should be vegetables. Try to consume seasonal, leafy greens and vegetables that are fibrous, which in autumn and winter means things like kale, lettuce, cauliflower, leeks, and sprouts.

Carbs high in starch such as white potatoes, white pasta, and white rice can easily be replaced with less starchy alternatives like sweet potatoes, root vegetables, and quinoa.

Exercise indoors

The temptation to skip out on planned exercise in favour of the warmth and comfort of the sofa can be strong, especially if your usual regimen involves exercising outdoors!

But even if you decide it’s too cold out to go for a run, or boot camp in the freezing December rain just isn’t floating your boat, that time in your day has already been put aside for exercise, so execute an alternative!

There’re loads of free bodyweight exercises that you can do at home that do not require any equipment or expensive video guides. If you’ve got a bit of clear floor, whether it’s in the dining room, living room, or even the garage, you can do a full and proper workout at home that’ll feel just as good as a summer boot camp session.

Indulge reasonably!

Inevitably, the winter months bring with them a certain amount of indulgence — and that’s fine (within reason). Just be mindful of what you’re indulging in and don’t forget that alcohol counts too!

So, if you know you’ve got the office Christmas party coming up, or you’re planning a trip to a Christmas market, try to stick to your guns with your nutrition in the week leading up to it. That way, you can allow yourself the indulgence of a few drinks and naughty nibbles without feeling guilty.

Also, plan and prepare treats yourself so you know exactly what you’re indulging in. These no-bake chocolate peanut butter yummies, for example, are absolutely delicious and super quick to make:

Ultimately, you’re in charge of the decisions you make when it comes to food and the actions you take to care for your body.

With a bit of planning and time taken to understand what you’re putting into your body, staying on top of your nutrition in the run-up to Christmas really doesn’t have to be a chore.

To win a copy of Sharon’s e-book on how to sustain long term fat loss and get healthier, ( either PDF version or grab a copy for your Kindle via Amazon, I will sort out a voucher for you just fill in the Rafflecopter below using as many options as you’d like. 

Good luck, and have a healthier festive season!

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The terms and conditions:

You must be a UK resident to be eligible for this competition. The prize is a copy of Sharon’s ebook either as an instantly downloadable PDF or as a voucher given to download on Kindle via Amazon, no cash alternatives to the stated prize will be offered; Entrants must be 18 years and over. Competition ends midnight on Sunday 11th December 2016. Winners will be notified within 5 working days.

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  1. caroline walliss
    November 15, 2016 / 6:19 am

    I drink lots of home made organic bone broth to keep a healthy immune system.x

    November 15, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Making every meal choice count. No rubbish quick fixes.

  3. Lisa Wilkinson
    November 17, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Wash your hands often to try to keep the cold virus away

  4. Emma S
    November 18, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Eat lots of fruit and veg

  5. laura stewart
    November 18, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    running i do lot of running in the winter x

  6. Mark Bradbury
    November 18, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    running i do lot of running in the winter

  7. Danielle Spencer
    November 18, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    Stay warm, if you fancy a warming healthy meal, you can make a huge variety of soups to satisfy.

  8. Kristy Leanne Brown
    November 18, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Plenty of fresh air – if you don’t like to run etc go for a nice walk in the crisp air

  9. Liane Amos
    November 18, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Wear lots of layers, drink a lovely hot Bovril

  10. Emma Rawlinson
    November 19, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Wrap up warm when outside and make sure you get plenty of Vitamin C

  11. Phil Darling
    November 19, 2016 / 6:45 am

    Dont go for too many comfort meals – keep it healthy

  12. Daniel Harrison
    November 19, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Keep Running!

  13. Lorraine Bell
    November 19, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    I make lots of soup

  14. Adnrea Smith
    November 19, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Make sure you wear lots of thin layers when you go outside, so that you can remove some if you start to feel warm. Better than one or two thick layers.

  15. Solange
    November 20, 2016 / 6:42 am

    Drink plenty of water and eat your 5 a day.

  16. Ruth Harwood
    November 20, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Plenty of exercise and some vitamins xx

  17. CLAIRE woods
    November 20, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Exercise, trying to still eat healthy and possibly extra vitamins via tablet.

  18. jodie a harvey
    November 21, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    vitiamin tablets, make sure to wash hands and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues and an overal healthy lifestyle

  19. Stevie
    November 22, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Getting the Vicks out to keep on top of your chest health.

  20. kiya johnson
    November 23, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Exercise and eat lots of fruit and veg!

  21. Sheila Reeves
    November 26, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Eat veg that is in season and take echinacea daily in winter, seems to help me

  22. Karl Borowy
    November 27, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    vitamin c

  23. kimberley grant
    December 6, 2016 / 7:34 am

    I would say treadmill running if you enjoy running outside but it’s too cold

  24. jessica catherine
    December 6, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    taking walks in the park

  25. Andy Fisher
    December 8, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    eat, drink and be merry 🙂

  26. Jane
    December 9, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    Keeping as warm as possible

  27. Victoria B
    December 10, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Everything in moderation – I need to take my own advice!

  28. Sharon Moncrieff
    December 11, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Don’t have any! That’s why I’m say here with a respiratory tract infection and a chest infection 🙁
    Waah waah

  29. Charmian Filewood
    December 11, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Walk as much as you can, treat yourself but dont go overboard

  30. Adrian Bold
    December 11, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Eat lots of fruit and veg. Drink water galore!

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