If you have been working to lose weight and still have a way to go, then Christmas, with all its social events can be rather daunting. In this newsletter Maria shares her top tips on how to enjoy your Christmas parties and still keep on track. Introducing the new "Diet Buddy" affordable on-line weight loss coaching programme for women and how to make Christmas as stress free as possible! 
Welcome to December 2012


  • How to Manage Christmas Parties When Your Goal is to Lose Weight!

  • "Diet Buddies" Programme for 2013

  • Stamp out Stress at Christmas

  • Seasons Greetings

How to Manage Christmas Parties, When Your Goal is to Lose Weight!

I know that many of my clients are starting to feel a little vulnerable about their weight loss as the onset of the party season begins. Meals out with friends,work parties,Christmas dinner on the 25th December,and more socialising- all of this can really be challenging when you are trying to lose weight and eat healthily. Don’t despair! With a few tweaks,you can still enjoy your Christmas social activities and not ruin your weight loss. Here’s how:

1) Stay Focused:
yes you have a few more social events on the calendar that involve eating and drinking,but you know exactly what you are working to achieve and how good you are going to feel when you achieve your weight loss. You know why you want to lose weight,why it is so important to you and you know that it is possible to lose weight. Before you go out,remind yourself of why you are losing weight and set yourself a limit of what you will drink in the evening. (Remember alcohol is liquid calories!) Focus on what you do want rather than what you don’t want!

2) Plan ahead:

In many restaurants at this time of year,you may well be given the menu before the event (especially at work outings,due to the large numbers often involved) so in the cold light of the office (when you are not seduced by spontaneous cravings or fuelled by a couple of glasses of wine) make your healthy choices for your dinner. Could you choose a clear soup for starters or a salad or melon? Choose the healthiest option for dinner (Turkey is usually ok!) and if you are choosing a pudding,could you choose sorbet or fruit? If you decide that you wish to have a richer dinner,maybe decide not to have a pudding,or share it with a colleague or friend.

3) Watch your alcohol intake:

We all like a glass or two of wine at Christmas and you don’t have to deny yourself your favourite treats – just keep it all in balance. Select drinks that are lower in calories or maybe have a spritzer (wine and soda or with diet lemonade). Spirits and a low calorie mixer are also a good option as they are lower in calories and a longer drink. Drink plenty of water in between each glass of alcohol,this will keep you hydrated and will slow down your alcohol intake too.

4) Treat the buffet table with caution:

If attending  a buffet,if possible sit well away from it. Don’t linger chatting with your plate in hand at the buffet as there is the temptation to eat what’s on your plate and then keep picking as you natter. If having peanuts or crisps,take a handful and put them on to a plate (rather than cramming the handful immediately into your mouth without a moment’s thought!) and eat each peanut or crisp separately. You will be more aware of what you are doing,rather than mindlessly just stuffing food into your mouth. Perhaps have a healthy meal before you attend the buffet and then just choose a couple of things for your plate:crudities with low calorie dip,fruit,hummus,oat cakes are good “picky” options if they are available. Ensuring that you are not hungry,will stop you from over indulging.

5) And finally….if you do eat or drink too much,don’t turn that into a full stop. Just remind yourself that it’s one day in amongst 365 and be flexible. The next day,drink plenty of water and eat healthily to counter balance,or up your exercise a little. It’s not failure it is feedback – what can you do differently next time,so that you can still have fun and remember what your goals are and why they are important?

So have fun,enjoy the party season and think about how wonderful you will feel next year,when you have managed to not only lose your weight,by making sensible choices,but also be able to maintain it – and be able to get into an even more gorgeous outfit for the party season!

"Diet Buddy" Coaching Package - NEW -
The first Coaching module in the "Diet Buddy" coaching package is being launched in January 2013. The first coaching module is:

"How to Eat Chocolate and Still Lose Weight!"
This on-line coaching module is designed for busy women who are struggling with losing weight or keeping motivated to reach their weight loss goal. As most of you know, dieting can be a lonely, miserable pathway - one where it is very easy to start with high motivation and excitement and then within a very short time, to fall by the wayside, self-sabotage, binge on "forbidden" foods, feel full of guilt, telling yourself that you will "start again" tomorrow and then give up entirely.

This coaching module is an affordable solution for you if:
  • You are thinking of going on a diet in January and know that you lose motivation quickly and usually give up
  • You are fed up with not being able to eat certain foods
  • you are constantly thinking about  "forbidden" foods
  • you know you can lose weight on a diet, but then very quickly  revert to your old eating habits and put the weight back on again
  • you are miserable about what you see in the mirror and have now tried so many different diets to lose weight and failed
  • you know what you should be eating to lose weight, but cannot stick to a "diet" regime
  • you would just like to find another way to eat healthily, lose weight and have a life that is not ruled by dieting.
How to Eat Chocolate and Still Lose Weight, is going to assist you in transforming your eating strategy, so that you can have a more balanced approach to what you eat, and you may find that you will choose to lose weight without resorting to dieting in the future.

As you work through this on-line coaching programme, you will
  • learn how to create a flexible eating strategy, that enables you to socialise, enjoy life and still shed those extra pounds
  • be able to stop obsessing about being "good" or feeling guilty about being "bad" in relation to food
  • Start working towards transforming your mindset and behaviour around food and food choices
  • stop supersizing your portions
  • create a "snack control" button to stop you overeating.
In a nutshell, working through this self-coaching module in the "Diet Buddy" series, will enable you to take time for yourself, to focus on your health, what you eat, how much you eat and why you eat, in a fun, stimulating and non-judgemental manner, so that you will feel empowered to make changes to your own eating habits, lose weight and keep it off in the long term, without feeling deprived or miserable. And Yes, you will be learning how to eat chocolate and still lose weight!


This programme is based on the high end 1-1 coaching I do with my clients and is the result of years of working with women, their mindsets, patterns of eating behaviour and attitude to food,  to successfully lose weight. However, not everyone can afford high end bespoke coaching or they cannot travel to where I am based to see me on a regular basis. Hence this programme was borne: to assist as many busy women as possible in changing their eating habits and behaviour so that they can lose weight with the goal of keeping it off in the long term.
How to Eat Chocolate and Still Lose Weight contains 7 on-line self coaching modules to work through, with all the relevant materials, audio files, reports and information you will need to reflect and gain greater understanding of your own eating and behaviour and the coaching and ideas contained within the module will assist you in creating new habits and behaviour to serve you better in losing weight.

For the first 10 people that either telephone me on 020 8395 5471 or email me at I will offer this programme to you for  a one off payment of only £9.99! (the price of less than 4 coffees!)

So if you know that one of your new year goals is to lose weight, what are you waiting for? Pick up that phone and bag a bargain before the New Year Sales have even started!

Telephone: 020 8395 5471

Nearly everyone I talk to cannot believe how near Christmas is and most of them have also said “ I still have so much to do!” Feeling that you still have so much to do as the Christmas deadline approaches,can make you feel stressed and overwhelmed.

In times of stress you need to “slow down” – I know that this is hard when you feel that you have so much to do,but it is actually the “counter-balance” to stress. Below are my top 10 tips for stress busting your Christmas Stress:

1) Turn off the phone and have a long soak in the bath. Just allow your aches,pains,tense muscles to relax and empty your mind really enjoying the warm water soothing your body.

To read the remaining 9 stress relief tips, click CALM

As Christmas is fast approaching and 2012 is drawing to an end (and hasn't it gone quickly this year?) I would like to wish you all a very relaxing and happy festive season and I look forward to catching up with you in the New Year.

With warm wishes

Maria x

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