It’s the silly season, a time of the year that is best known for it’s higher frequency of social occasions, drinking and eating. Let’s face it, it’s been a big year- we deserve to celebrate!
It can also be a time of the year that causes anxiety for some, juggling the constant eating out, alcohol and decreased exercise. New Year comes around and it’s a familiar story, the New Years resolution is a knee jerk reaction to the Christmas Binge, based on losing the jolly spread and restoring fitness and health back to what it was. It’s a familiar cycle.
Luckily, there are some easy hacks that can ease the impact of the silly season and they come in the form of being more mindful. Here is a list of useful tips;
- Avoid the finger food that comes in any form of pastry, only a few pieces of these and you have consumed the equivalent of a main meal without the satiating effect a larger volume of food brings.
- Select the finger food that has the most veggies, these are often the more nutritious choices.
- If you know there is only going to be finger food and alcohol at an event, eat a healthy dinner before hand and avoid the finger food you will be less likely to consume as many excess kilojoules.
- When alcohol is consumed the body is more likely to store the food you eat as body fat. A good reason to avoid the greasy fast food whilst your drinking and aim for healthier, lower kilojoule options.
- Better yet, have your post night-out meal already prepared ready to be eaten when you arrive home in the early hours, avoiding any of the trashy fast foods.
- If you are one of my athletes trying to maintain or in fact gain weight over the silly season, the day after a big night is a really important time to ensure you get enough food in. This means not sleeping through meal times and catching up on any meals you may have missed the day before.
There are a lot of this=that fact sheets out there and whilst they aren’t always an adequate reflection of the energy burned by each individual this table below gives you a rough idea of the kilojoules in certain types of alcohol and how long it would take to run off a drink. The message to take home from this is that there are some drinks with less energy for the same alcohol content and hence have less potential to accumulate on your waist line, along with the fruit mince pies.
|1 Alcoholic drink||Time spent running|
|Beer (355ml)||12 minutes|
|Low Carb beer||9 minutes|
|Light beer||8 minutes|
|White wine||12 minutes|
|Red Wine||11 minutes|
|Spirits (on ice)||5 minutes|