healthy eating dietYou may have the best intentions when on the  28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and your motivation and enthusiasm might be high. But have you prepared for those times when temptation strikes during the Challenge?
Whether it’s a party, your child’s birthday, a special event or family gathering, there are many times when we can easily fall off the Challenge wagon.
The key things to remember to get you through these times is that:

  1. Life is for enjoying so don’t deprive yourself when you’re at a fun event. Following the 28 Day Challenge should be something you can maintain most of the time, don’t be so strict on yourself that you want to throw away all your hard work.
  2. If you’re prepared before you face these temptations you’ll get through them with a lot more success.
  3.  If you do have a slip up and go crazy on the cupcake table at a wedding – don’t beat yourself up about it. Acknowledge the slip up but continue on with your healthy lifestyle goals asap.

When you know you have a tempting event or situation coming up then try to follow some of these tips to help you enjoy your time and still stick with your healthy goals:

  • Eat before you go: if you arrive to a party ravenous it’s going to be very difficult to make healthy choices. Have a healthy protein-rich snack such as a banana, some nuts, yoghurt, or a Healthy Mummy Smoothie before you go.
  • If at a wedding or cocktail type event, plan to have say 3 canapes, and choose them wisely. There will always be some healthier options so you can try to include those. Things like rice paper rolls, grilled prawns, and tomato and basil bruschetta are good options.
  • Take it easy on the drinks. Try to alternate each alcoholic drink with mineral water; or even try half wine/champagne and half soda. It will reduce your total calories and keep your head clearer the next day. It also helps to strengthen your resolve not to dive head first into the chocolate fondue. If you really struggle with not drinking too much, it might help to give yourself a specific limit such as ‘I will have 3 drinks tonight and that’s it.’ Some people also find that giving themselves no option (such as needing to drive home) is a great way to stay focused.
  • Don’t stand near the food or drinks. If you park yourself next to a canapé-laden table it’s going to be difficult to think of much else. Try to keep away from the food table as well as the bar, so that you are not so focused on them.
  • If you need to, tell your friends that you are trying to lose weight. This might stop them from sticking a creamy vol-au-vent on your plate when you aren’t looking.
  • Remember that it’s OK to say no sometimes. You don’t have to try everything that is offered to you. You can politely decline with an ‘I’m OK for now thank you’ and get back to having a good time.
  • Have a good time: nothing helps you steer clear of the food table like dancing or a great conversation.

Enjoy the Challenge, you will get out of it what you put in.
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