Top Tips To Survive The Silly Season


Believe it or not today is December 1, 2017. 

First official day of our summer, the beginning for many of the Silly Season and the signaling of yet another year coming to its end.

Crazy!

I always find it amusing that there is the pre-christmas surge for catch ups, as though it wont be possible only one month away in January…

So how best do you manage all your lunch, dinner, drinks and party invitations this festive season?

More importantly, how do you survive so that you can come out the other end with your health and waistline intact?

It is timely and of course, following in the true Christmas spirit of giving, to share with you a few strategies that will help both you and your waistline have a lot of fun without the usual fallout!

♥      ALCOHOL: Yes no doubt you will be imbibing more often than not. That’s OK.

Just remember the “one pearl one plain rule”.  For every glass of bubbles, pinot, or vodka that you have, ensure you have one glass of water – make it bubbly to keep the festive mood!

On a side note if you don’t want weight gain from this increase of alcohol intake then I suggest you imbibe in clean spirits. Of course the are still calories in there, but without the added sugar ie vodka with a non sugar mixer like soda water. Just add a squeeze of fresh lime. Yum! And the  bonus – extra water intake.

You know I’m not all about calories (I’m all about mindful eating) but I do have the motto knowledge is power so hence my list below! **

  • 1 vodka & soda: 64 calories
  • 1 glass of white wine: 100 calories 
  • 1 glass of champagne/sparkling wine: 100 calories
  • 1 glass of red wine: 120 calories
  • 1 full-strength beer (250ml bottle): 155 calories
  • 1 gin and tonic: 200 calories
  • 1 rum and coke: 248 calories
  • 1 espresso martini: 285 calories (seriously yum but lethal 🙂 !!)

*note we are talking standard size drinks here not the restaurant size ones!

♥    Remember also, that alcohol consumption plays havoc with your willpower, and with each glass you have your, will power retreats out the window, scurries down the street and usually is not found until very late the next day! End result, too much Brie, chocolate fudge and/or Christmas cake is consumed and the double barrelled sugar gun plays havoc on your waistline and scales!

♥    If you know drinking a little too much is your forte, perhaps word up your BFF or partner, to play fun police before it’s too late and you end up crying in your glass of stale bubbles…not a good look! And of course, you can thank them in the morning!

♥    FOOD: If you know the party is a drinks party then there will no doubt be lots of yummy nibbles being handed around, and depending on the venue perhaps some not so healthy…you know the ones… of the deep fried variety?

What ever you do – do not arrive on an empty stomach.

Do not arrive hungry!

Eat something healthy before you go, then you wont be so tempted to consume everything in sight. Stay away from the pastry laden treats and indulge in the protein based – prawns, chicken pieces, salmon, beef bites etc etc.

And it goes without saying veggie sticks are your best friend!

♥   When you make the mindful decision to indulge in something sweet…savour and enjoy it….. but perhaps consider just having two or three  bites and leave the rest – it is those first bites when it tastes the best and your taste buds explode with delight. Bite 7,8,9,10 etc never taste as good and you probably don’t even notice the flavours. Better in the waste than on your waist.

Now is a good time to download my Mindful Eating Guide – its’ free and gives you the exact steps you need to take to add mindful eating into your everyday.

♥   Remember the basic rules –  eat mindfully at all times, breakfast is mandatory, eat when you are hungry and only eat till you are 80% full – or eloquently satisfied – as your grandmother used to say!

Realise that if you have a ‘heavy’ night the night before, then you probably will not be as hungry the next day…pay attention to what your body tells you.

And a great rule to remember… never miss twice.

What does this mean? If you have a big night or big lunch or big day, then don’t do it again at the next meal/day. Go lighter, your body will thank you for it!

And one final tip…

Don’t stress over it!

If you over do it with food and drinks, don’t beat yourself up. Instead look at what was going on, check in to see how you can do it better and do it better next time around.

Life is too short to give yourself a hard time all the time!

 

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x

 

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Wow I’ve been slack…but according to who?

caroline silk

 

I knew that I hadn’t posted for sometime, but I was a little surprised to see that its been 6 weeks!

My intent is to blog weekly, ideally on a Monday, so that I can share my musings of wellness and weight loss with all of those amazing people who care to listen.

But as each week came along, each week I’d think about it and each week I’d do nothing about it.

Was I unmotivated?

Maybe a little…mmm maybe a lot. I think I had a case of the can’t be bothereds.

Interestingly it was not as though I was not doing anything at all when it came to my business. I was sending out my weekly newsletter, posting in my private wellness & weight loss Facebook group (hint hint: come join me here) being active in various social media groups, running one of my 14 day programs. And then of course there is the other half of my life – being a mum, partner, friend, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, aunt, dog walker and employee!

In fact now that I’ve thought about it and listed it above, I have been doing quite a lot…just not blogging. 

When I entered this online world as I did in March 2014 with my enrolment into Bschool (online biz school), I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I knew I wanted to join this world, I knew I wanted to reach more people with my wellness message…share my musings, expertise and stuff!

As we all know hindsight is a beautiful thing, or as one of my coach’s liked to call it kindsight.

If I was to start again I would do it all very differently. I would turn it all around, do it in a way that felt good for me, rather than what I thought I should be doing, or what someone else told me to do.

What is the right way for someone does not mean its the right way for you or me. Each person is unique and everyone has their own path to walk.

It’s true in business, it’s true in your wellness journey and it’s so true in the path you choose to walk in life.

Hindsight is a beautiful thing.

I think we are all guilty of judging ourselves a little harshly.

We have an expectation of where we should be, whether it be in business, in health, in life. There are in many cases, unwritten laws of how we should behave, how we act and where we should be on life’s ladder.

We compare. We feel judged or we pass judgment on others and ourselves.

How do you rate yourself, right now?

Are you a kind or a harsh judge? And if you judge harshly, what or who is your measuring stick?

Be kind to yourself…always. And I’ll be kind to me too!

caroline silk

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing

Caroline x

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Spring’s almost sprung! It’s time to detox, reset and renew!

 

In my Melbourne town, it does feel like Spring is in the air. It’s almost like every second day the weather shows us a glimpse of what it to come, teasing us, then quickly hides behind another rain cloud!

Spring is time for spring cleaning, and I know I get the bug and in my house a few rooms get a complete and long overdue overhaul!

Have you ever thought that maybe your body could do with the same?

Spring is the time for growth and renewal and your body is energizing itself for the busy summer months to come. It is the perfect time to get rid of the toxins in your body and gain some rejuvenation after the colder months.

There is no hiding that many of us pack on a few kilos/pounds physically and emotionally from the heaviness of winter. Same for me too!  I can feel it right now, smugly sitting on my thighs! So now is the time for a cleanse. I like to call it a Reset.

Let’s Reset our bodies together, remove unwanted toxins and drop some unwanted winter weight that is hanging tightly onto your waistline or my thighs or your but…your back….or…..?

Interestingly many cultures have historically fasted or cleansed during the spring months, and all in radically different fashions. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to a spring cleanse, but it is something everyone can benefit from. You need to choose one that is the best fit for you and your health. Your body may tell you what kind of cleanse it needs and for how long!

Spring as a season supports a Reset, as its the time nature produces many fruits and vegetables that are perfect for a natural detox. This includes berries, sprouts, greens, and bitter roots that also help improve your immunity and fight off toxins and diseases. Your body should crave different foods to prepare for and get in sync with the new season.

You know I’m a big advocate for listening to our bodies and and if you’re feeling vaguely sluggish and lacking in energy, then it’s more than likely that you will benefit from a spring clean!

There are so many benefits to cleansing your body. A Spring detox will help get rid of the toxic waste that has built up in your organs and cells which keep them from doing their job properly. As the snow melts, a detox can help you shed some added weight as well! Other benefits of a cleanse include healthier skin, improved digestive system, MORE ENERGY, improved immune system, clearer thinking, improved movement and flexibility, and the general feeling of renewal and rejuvenation filled with motivation as you feel lighter.

Some other ways to enhance your Spring cleanse is by taking some probiotics, antioxidants, massage therapy, saunas, aromatherapy baths, and exercise (sweat it out!).

Foods, ideally in their organic raw natural form, that you should focus on with a Spring cleanse include:

  • lemons
  • spinach
  • radishes
  • pineapples
  • artichokes
  • green tea
  • green peas
  • coriander
  • celery
  • sesame seeds
  • turmeric
  • cabbage
  • dandelion roots
  • citrus fruits
  • berries
  • asparagus
  • garlic.

During your cleanse, be sure to:

  • Hydrate: As you become more active you will need to drink more water
  • Practice clean eatin
  • Practice mindful eating
  • No caffeine, sugar, or alcohol.
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Try to eliminate animal protein, eggs, wheat, gluten, corn and soy for the duration of your cleanse. These products have allergens, and you want to be as clean as possible.

If this is your first detox, you will need support from a health coach like mmmm me! I can walk you through a whole foods based detox program. Not only is it important to plan your detox, but planning your post-cleanse is just as important. You want to be sure to continue a healthier lifestyle by eating clean, hydrating, and limiting sugar, caffeine and alcohol intake.

And drumroll…….

If you’d like to make your life very easy and have all the work done for you, then I have what you need!!

My Eat Clean Reset Your Body 14 Day Program is ready now and I’d love you to take a look. I know it works as I’ve run this Reset twice now with great results for all of my Resetters. We have great fun along the way, there is a private supportive Facebook forum is available to you and the best thing about it is it all happens in 14 days!!

Surely you can give your body just 14 days of devotion and nourishment?

Join me …if not now….when?

detox Eat Clean Reset Your Body

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x