I know that when it comes to this period of celebration, food and feasting is a huge part of so many people’s cultures. It’s part of how we socialise, and create and maintain traditions. Food is the best!

So, I thought I’d just give you some super easy strategies that will help you reach that point of balance between healthy enjoyment and over-indulging this year. Because that’s important too!


I don’t mean to that fancy work cocktail party. But as much as you possibly can, always be prepared with a water bottle to keep hydrated and track your water consumption. Staying hydrated ensures that your body’s metabolism, along with many other essential processes, continues powering along. Trust me, it’s a very simple gamechanger!


Are you hosting an end of year get together, or have you been asked to bring a plate? Our 28 Nutritionists have created some supremely helpful recipes and guides over the years to help you pull together food options that are healthy without sacrificing any of that delicious factor. Check out Shahna’s guide to a healthy platter here.


Going to have a couple of drinks at the next event you go to? Plan ahead. It’s worth understanding the difference between the drinks you can choose from. A glass of wine can sit around the 120 – 150 calorie mark, whereas a fancy cocktail can sit anywhere between 170 – over 500 calories! This is just more for your body to process and burn through. Alcohol can also be detrimental to our sleep (which we all know is super important) and hinder our ability to manage our food choices. So just plan what you’re going to have, and really enjoy that one or two.


Try to never go to parties or any kind of celebration starving hungry! A hungry stomach can make it really difficult to make good decisions. Before you head off, have something that is high in protein like a couple of boiled eggs, some carrot sticks and hummus or even a couple of protein balls.

Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.