The silly season is officially upon us! Which means those party invites, end-of-year events, work wrap ups and holiday celebrations are rolling into the calendar.
Worried about how you’ll survive? Here’s how to come out the other side with your health goals intact… (and without a sugar hangover!)
Offer to make dessert
The silly season events mean that, inevitably, there will be cake. And lots of it! If you’re heading to a dinner party or birthday celebration, offer to make a sugar-free dessert option to bring along.
Eat before you party
Ever arrived at a party ravenously hungry and gone gung-ho on the mini pies and caramel slices, to realise later you probably ate enough fatty, sugary crap to feed a small army? We hear you.
Start your event right by eating a balanced meal full of veggies, proteins and healthy fats before going out. Trust us, it will be way easier to say no to 15 mini cupcakes.
Choose your booze
If you’re planning on having a few drinks this silly season, choose your alcohol wisely.
Ditch the sugary mixers like lemonade, ginger ale or cola and opt for a glass or two of wine, or your spirit of choice with sparkling water and a squeeze of fresh lime.
If a cocktail or two is on the menu, make your own and switch out any sugar in the ingredients for Lakanto’s Sugar Substitute.
It can also help to finish your entire drink before filling up again so you can always keep track of how much you’re drinking and having a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage.
It’s okay to say no
No, you don’t have to go to Aunt Bertha’s morning tea, Kate and Phil’s afternoon BBQ and Shelley’s Christmas-Birthday-Bonanza all in the one day.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the season, it’s absolutely fine to politely decline an invite or two so you can prioritise some you time, exercise or sleep.
Same goes for boozing. We often feel pressure from friends and family to ‘just have one’ at a celebration. If you’re feeling like you need a night off, remember that’s. okay. Others should respect your decision to put your health first.