December can sometimes feel like a month-long party – with an endless parade of tempting morsels and sugar-loaded cocktails always in your line of sight.
It makes the work you've put in for the last few months hard, very hard indeed.
The over-indulgence doesn't have to be the end of the road for your health journey. With Intermittent Fasting, you can still keep yourself on track while making an appearance at all your Christmas parties, just like Michael Buble's Christmas album.
1. Embrace a fast
Eating large quantities of heavy or sugary foods can be stressful for your body. Your blood sugar is spiking and crashing from the carby treats. Your body is trying to absorb all of this deliciousness, but it is hard and time-consuming work inside your gut. The best thing you can do is to enjoy the Christmas delicacies, but then give your body at least sixteen hours with no food to process and digest them.
2. Fasting keeps you focused on what really matters
Restricting your eating window can force you to keep your attention on other things besides the bar or buffet table, such as engaging in meaningful conversations or meeting someone new. If you find yourself fasting on a night when you have an event, challenge yourself by keeping your primary focus on enjoying the company of others.
3. Cut yourself some slack
What you eat between New Year's and Christmas is far more important than what you eat between Christmas and New Year's. January is right around the corner – and a fresh start to the year is a fantastic time to re-energize and re-focus on your health goals.
4. Cut down where you can
If you do need a drink to get you through those summer Christmas parties – we've got you covered with an easy, healthy mocktail recipe:
Cinnamon highball mocktail
Prep time: 5 min
· 15ml lime juice
· 5ml cinnamon syrup
· 30ml natural cloudy apple juice
· Diet tonic water
· Apple to serve
1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes and pour over the liquid ingredients.
2. Gently stir together, then garnish with the cinnamon stick and slice of apple.
TIP: To make this mocktail into a cocktail, add 25ml aged rum.