How to Stay Healthy During the Silly Season

Lifestyle, Nutrition Advice

Healthy living is all about enjoying everything in moderation – deprivation is not allowed in my books and most definitely should not be a part of your end of year celebrations! However, the temptation to over-indulge in food and drink is all the more present in the silly season!


So, here are my top nutrition tips to get you through the festivities feeling satiated, satisfied and strong – without the overindulgence!


  • Continue to prioritise everyday healthy eating habits – just because it’s the silly season doesn’t mean your everyday habits should now fly out the window. I still start my day with lemon water, morning exercise and a healthy breakfast.
  • Don’t deprive yourself. Give yourself permission to enjoy all foods in small amounts – moderation is everything. When you deprive yourself with food – it can lead to overeating/feeling anxious around food later. The minute you give yourself permission – you actually don’t even want it as much.
  • Make healthy swaps – these days there are always healthy swaps around. If not practice the tip above.
  • Avoid fried foods and enjoy the grilled options instead.
  • Go for the greens and veggies as opposed to the heavy starches – potato and rice.
  • Stop at 2-3 drinks (sorry) and avoid cocktails and sugary cordials – go for spirits with fresh lemon juice and soda and red wine – best options.
  • If you have dessert – allow yourself a small amount and enjoy it mindfully.
  • Fill up on the greens and grilled protein,
  • Go to an event feeling satiated. Never go hungry. You will arrive at the event and not feel in control of your choices. I always have some Greek yoghurt, crudité with hummus or my Protein Power Smoothie before events.
  • Don’t put yourself under pressure to eat perfectly, relax with food and yourself. It feels so good.
  • Drink a lot of water the day of an event.
  • Inspire your friends and family with healthy food! Bring a healthy dish and treat to your Christmas lunch – see the recipe page on my blog for some ideas!
  • Be careful with canapés – party season means more catering and more canapés. So be smart when choosing your finger food; go for grilled proteins rather than fried, fresh or raw vegetables instead of rich sauces and keep track of how much you’ve had (so as not to overdo portion sizes)
  • Have a protein rich snack before you head out – if you arrive at your party absolutely starving we all know what is likely to happen. We grab a hold of anything in sight and sadly healthy choices fly out the window! So I usually eat a protein rich snack before any silly season parties such as boiled eggs, hummus and some raw veggies, Greek yoghurt with nuts and seeds or a protein shake or one of my Sugar-Free Protein Balls.
  • It’s OK to say no – be confident and politely say ‘no thanks’ if you’re offered a less healthy option that you don’t feel comfortable with.
  • Help your friends and family by cooking them delicious and nourishing meals that prioritise health, without any sense of deprivation. My blog is full of delicious recipes that are perfect for festivities
  • If you splurge, move on, don’t let it ruin your holiday. Focus on the real reason for the season – it’s not food!


To download a PDF version of these tips – click here!!


Enjoy xx 





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