ruby’s tuesday | dalton wong’s tricks for healthy holiday eating
posted: December 16, 2013
Since you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re already aware that eating right is an essential factor in your overall wellbeing. But with the holidays upon us, what’s the bet that no matter how careful you are the rest of the year you’re gearing up for bit of a binge (if it hasn’t started already)?
Actually, there’s nothing wrong with that says Dalton Wong, one of the UK’s leading personal trainers (he helped shape Jennifer Lawrence into Katniss Everdeen) and founder of London’s exclusive holistic fitness studio TwentyTwo Training—so long as you’re indulging with the right intention.
With his recently launched Mindful Eating Programme, Wong encourages his clients to ask themselves: Why am I eating and what is it? Am I enjoying what I’m eating? How do I feel after I’ve eaten?
Often, “people are eating out of what I call ‘habitual hunger,’” he says. And if “what you eat is actually way more important than exercise when it comes to getting the body you want,” then training yourself to stop and go through a simple process before you eat is the first step towards making the right food choices.
Dalton shared a few more things to keep in mind before we hit up the holiday buffet:
• If you’re going to indulge, make it something you’re really going to enjoy. Don’t eat the whole breadbasket in a restaurant just because it’s the holidays. Choose something that will really give you pleasure. Why waste calories on a slice of bread?
• Before you eat something thing about how something will make you feel afterwards. Getting into this habit will also help slow you down as you reach for your third slice of fruitcake.
• Remember that alcohol affects your judgement, and the best way to mitigate this is to make sure you eat before you drink too much.
• A basic rule for when it’s late and you have the munchies is to always go for a protein source.
• If you are going to eat out after drinking, go somewhere you can share your food with all the other drunken people! If you share a pizza with a group, you’ll only have a slice or two, but stop to eat on your own and I can guarantee you’ll consume double.
• If you know you’re going to be eating more, make sure you keep your exercise regime consistent. Over the holiday period you might gain five pounds, but if you stop exercising that could easily become eight.
Whether it’s interviewing Lady Gaga, unveiling the latest trends in fashion, or getting under the skin of our most neurotic social trends, Ruby Warrington is at the forefront of it all. She’s a British lifestyle writer and the celebrated creator of the blog The Numinous, but best of all is that Ruby is also a feature writer for the lululemon blog.