The holiday season is upon us again. At this time of year it's easy to get swept up in a whirlwind of office parties, socialising with friends and family get-togethers, but if you're not careful the indulgences of the season can catch up with you and as the New Year begins you find that your jeans don't button up quite as comfortably as they once did.
But with a little bit of planning you can still enjoy some holiday treats and then breeze into January rather than spending weeks trying to undo the damage you just did.
Start by printing out a one page calendar for December (you can download one here) and write down all your upcoming social events. Make a note of whether each event will include a meal, buffet, nibbles, drinks etc.
Now choose one or two events where you'd like to enjoy a little bit of everything that is on offer. This doesn't mean you're giving yourself permission to binge eat/drink all day long, rather you're allowing yourself to enjoy some foods and drinks that might not be the healthiest but you know you will thoroughly enjoy.
For the remaining events be sure to set yourself limits BEFOREHAND so that you can plan and prepare ahead of time:
But the temptation to overdo it over the holidays isn't restricted to social nights out. Huge tubs of chocolates, giant boxes of biscuits and hundreds of seasonal treats are stacked floor to ceiling in every supermarket at this time of year.
Personally I find it so much easier if I simply avoid buying any Christmas extras until a few days before the big day. When there are mince pies in the cupboard it's all too easy to justify your indulgence... "it's only Christmas once a year" after all. So keep the temptation out of your kitchen so you don't have to deal with an extra inch or two on the waist come January.