Silly season!

Bonjour,

Parties, celebrations, drinks, lazy long summer lunches… I hope you enjoy the silly season as much as I do… You know me, I’m not at all going to ask you to stop! Never. However, we also need to face the reality: we all know these few days or even weeks for some (many?) are not the best thing for our health.

Our diet and lifestyle become hyper acidic (too much alcohol, too much sugar, too much food, less sleep, sometimes more stress), which has a direct negative impact on our body, health and waistline.

Good news! I have a few solutions for you.

The first thing you can do is to go back to my recent article here on my approach to an alkaline diet, the best way to feel better while losing weight.

You also can follow my 13 tips to navigate (and enjoy!) the silly season…

No need to use all of them… Try the ones that are the easiest for you. My advice? Focus on tips #4, #7, #12 and #13!


silly season tip #1: 

CHECK-IN WITH YOURSELF before a meal and assess your hunger. Decide how you want to feel at the end of the meal. You don’t have to leave the table stuffed and miserable.

silly season tip #2: 

DON’T RUSH your food and overeat. Remember, you will have many of these festive meals: there’s no need to fear missing out! Relax.

silly season tip #3: 

LIMIT triggers as much as you can: caffeine, alcohol (I know it’s hard!), refined sugars and packaged foods. The more you eat, the more you want.

silly season tip #4: 

IF YOU CAN, have a healthy substantial snack (made of proteins and low GI carbs) half an hour before big festive meals. A few of my clients eat 20 to 40% less when they follow this simple rule.

silly season tip #5: 

THINK FIBRE, FRESH, GREEN, CLEAN: unlimited amounts of organic leafy green vegetables: a spinach and lettuce leaf salad with a beautiful dressing.

silly season tip #6: 

DITCH the processed mayonnaise or dressing and other nasty pre-made sauces. Always choose: olive oil, sea salt, lemon, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard.

silly season tip #7: 

EAT MINDFULLY AND SLOWLY and savour your food. Meals with others always taste special and better, so don’t speed through them. You may want to go back to my last article. It could help your waistline a lot!

silly season tip #8: 

FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, EVERY DAY: lemon juice (or 3 tbs apple cider vinegar) diluted in warm water. You can add 1 tbs of maple syrup or raw honey.

silly season tip #9: 

DRINK MORE THAN 2 LITRES a day of filtered water. I can see some of you frowning already… It’s non-negotiable, sorry! Alkaline water is my water of choice in particular during the silly season.

silly season tip #10: 

SWAP COFFEE (even if you love it like I do) for green tea as often as possible, or even better for coconut water.

Don’t be too silly! 2 glasses of water for each glass of Champagne!

silly season tip #11: 

ON THE DAYS BEFORE THE ‘BIG’ DAYS:

  • Eat lots of green vegetables and fruit.
  • Also include neutral and restoring foods like whole grains – brown rice, quinoa and couscous.

silly season tip #12: 

ON THE ‘BIG’ DAYS:

  • Choose seafood and fish over meat.
  • If you do eat meat, accompany it with plenty of mustard it helps break it down more easily.
  • Don’t go for second servings, and certainly not third!
  • Try to eat lots of leafy green vegetables and salads at each meal.
  • Drink lemon in water during meals.
  • Drink 2 large glasses of water for each glass of wine/Champagne/alcohol.
  • Portion control: once again, relax. Remember that you will have many of these festive meals, there’s no need to fear missing out!
  • To avoid binge eating, never sit down to a meal feeling super hungry: have a healthy snack before each big meal.

silly season tip #13: 

HAVE FUN, make memories, let go and relax: quality time with those we love reduces stress hormones and promotes health. Celebrate the good.

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during 2016. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my clients, my supporters and Facebook fans here in Australia and overseas…  It means a lot to me.

Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)!

Yves

PS1. I’ll be in France for the next few days celebrating Noël with my family. I can’t wait to see you… next year! I’m back to Sydney on 1/1 and will take new client appointments from 9/1.

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