Before I take my one and only break for the year, I want to leave you with five tips to help you survive the silly season. I find that most people just completely switch off and let go of their healthy lifestyle and fitness goals as soon as December hits. We overindulge on delicious food and alcohol, are way more sedentary and just accept that 2kg weight gain is inevitable. Knowing that we’ll hit the diet or detox hard come January.
I'm not here to tell you to be strict and not enjoy all of the delicacies. I really want you to enjoy this time. But I challenge you to change your attitude this year and implement my top five tips for surviving the festive season without having a massive blowout.
1. Aim For Balance
I wanted to take you behind the scenes a little bit at Dietitian Approved and the Triathlon Nutrition Academy and give you some insight into what's been happening this year. The highs and the lows, the lessons I’ve learnt and a peek behind the scenes at our plans for 2022.
Today on coffee & questions I answered Shane & Bec's questions on alcohol and its place in the week when it comes to exercise and performance.
Can I have a drink after my race?
Is there a way to be sensible with alcohol intake?
What effects does alcohol have on exercise performance?
I'm not here to say don't ever drink but from the perspective of a dietitian... Alcohol is a toxin.
We don't store it anywhere - it gets processed in the liver and burnt off in preference to anything else as we try and get rid of it out of the body
It's used as a social lubricant and is a socially acceptable toxin
My advice will differ depending on who you are and what your overall goals are. Find a balance between drinking and exercise performance depending on who you are and what your goals are
Alcohol equals energy - calories or kilojoules
Alcohol = 29kJ/gram
It also depends on what calories you're drinking it with - e.g. soda water or full-fat coke
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