Christmas,  education,  nutrition

Holiday Tips: Support System

For the ninth instalment in my series of holiday tips we’ll be delving into how you can harness your support system & achieve your goals.

Having the right support can be the difference between success & failure so do everything you can to create a great system to see you through.


Support group

Enlist family and friends to your cause.

Make them aware of what it is you’re trying to achieve & tell them how they can help.

Be really specific.

From my experience with my clients, sometimes people can (from the best of intentions) encourage you to give up on your health goals over a festive period. If this happens to you, don’t be afraid to stand your ground. They are just trying to help so let them know how they can do this & explain why it’s important to you.


The table

Make sure people know in advance what you don’t want. Ask that items that will trip you up not be available, be placed in covered containers or not be left out outside meal times. For more advice on food, check out my dedicated post.



Make sure you let people know what you don’t want to be given as a gift as well. Give them ideas that will support your goals, not sabotage them. Stay away from food-related items as much as possible. Ask for a gym membership, massage voucher or an activity instead. Again, I have a dedicated post on gifts if you need more ideas.


Family-based Exercise

Ask your family to take part in activity-based games, go for a walk or whatever floats your boat. Let them know beforehand that you’d like to do something a bit more active during the holidays so they know to expect the suggestion. For more specific ideas check out this post.

Seek out the like-minded

If someone else is trying to stay healthy over Christmas, gravitate towards them.

You might like to start a challenge with them, or make a pact.

Just as having support will help you, being the support person for someone else can also encourage you to stick to your health goals.


The true meaning of Christmas

Focus on keeping Christmas a social event, not an excuse to stuff yourself stupid. It’s an opportunity to spend some quality time with the ones you love. If you’re milling around, catching up with people, you’re not going to be thinking about food.


There we have it. Some simple ideas to help you design a support network that will help you get through the holidays unscathed.

If you have any other great ideas, please share them with us in the comments.

Would personalised one-on-one consultations with me help you master your diet &/or weight? If the answer is yes check out my 1:1 consultations or packages. I’d love to help.

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Thank you so much for joining me for this post.

Happy reading!

Kathryn Carter

I’m Kath, qualified nutritionist & personal trainer. I believe a personalised, flexibile approach to gaining physical & mental well-being is necessary for achieving sustainable lifestyle changes that support both these aspects of health. In the near future I will be offering a range of nutrition & lifestyle education services designed to gain the life my clients want in a way that works for them.

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