10 ways to stay on track with your weight loss goals on Australia Day

You’ve just got past the Christmas festivities and made a plan of having a healthy start to the new year, then Australia Day hits! The day that’s associated with scoffing on snags and downing beer.

Fear not, you don’t have to give up your New Year resolutions and you don’t have to hide in your bed for the day either.

You can enjoy the celebrations AND also stay on track. Here’s how…

10 ways to stay on track this Australia Day

1. Start your day with exercise10 ways to stay on track with your weight loss goals on Australia Day

You’re going to feel less guilty if you workout first thing in the morning. Chances are, after your celebrations you won’t want to hit the exercise.

2. Don’t skip breakfastTuna Omelette breakfast for dinner

If you’re heading out for lunch then it’s imperative that you have a good, healthy breakfast. Otherwise, the unhealthy burgers and sausage sizzles may tempt you and you could overeat the bad stuff and set yourself back.

This Tuna Omelette from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is delicious and really easy.

3. Chose healthier optionsFresh Chicken Caesar Salad

You don’t have to load up your plate with everything from the BBQ! Maybe you can fill yourself up with a nice salad and a few pieces of meat. Or cut back on the burger buns and instead have a healthier potato salad.

Check out our Better For You Chicken Caesar Salad recipe here.

4. Eat slowlyHow to stay on track this Australia Day!

There’s no race to eat everything on the table. Take your time, pace yourself and eat slowly. This way, you’re less likely to overeat.

5. Watch your portion sizes

There may be a heap of food on offer, but try to not let your eyes be bigger than your stomach and eat sensibly.

6. Have healthier drink alternativesWhy-Drinking-Water-With-Lemon-Can-Help-Weight-Loss-1

Just because it’s Australia Day, you don’t have to knock back the booze like it’s no tomorrow! Have soda water in between beers or try drinking sparkling water with lemon or lime wedges in them to help quench your thirst.

Nutritionist shares her top 10 low calorie Alcoholic drinks

7. Play activitiesPCOS weight loss

There’s nothing more Aussie than a day at the beach playing cricket!

Bring a bat and ball with you and get your friends and family involved. This is what we call exercising while celebrating!

8. Go to bed early

Get home at a reasonable time. That way, you’re less likely to overeat or over do it on the beverages. Plus, if you have had a few alcoholic drinks, you won’t have a hangover in the morning the earlier you go to bed. Win, win!

9. Workout the next dayHow to stay on track this Australia Day!

If you have had a few treats, then make sure you make a point of working out the next day. You’ll feel better for it.

10. Make your own healthy meals and snacks

If everyone is bringing a dish to your event, then why not make your own healthy snacks or meals and bring them with you?

Here are some delicious, Healthy Mummy Australia Day recipes:

Prawn, Mango & Avocado Salad10 ways to stay on track with your weight loss goals on Australia Day


  •  1/2 clove garlic
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/4 mango
  • 3 banana prawns, raw
  •  1/4 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup mixed lettuce leaves
  •  2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • Heat a barbecue plate or grill pan to high heat.
  • Peel and chop garlic and spring onion. Cube avocado and mango.
  • Remove the legs and shells from the prawns.
  • Add oil to the barbecue plate/grill. When hot add the prawns and cook for 2-3mins on each side. A minute or so before the prawns are ready add the garlic and spring onion. Then add the chilli sauce and water until everything is sizzling and combined well.
  • Once the prawns are cooked through and sticky and the liquid has reduced remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a serving bowl, toss together salad leaves, avocado and mango. Squeeze over lemon juice. Place prawns on top to serve.

Healthier Hot Dogs10 ways to stay on track with your weight loss goals on Australia Day


  • cooking oil spray
  • 1 lean sausage of choice
  • 1 wholegrain roll
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon, grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach


  • Spray a non-stick pan with cooking oil spray and cook sausage over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Grate cheese and slice tomato.
  • Cut bun in half and toast under griller.
  • Top bun with tomato, spinach, sausage, cheese and mustard.

409 cals

Coconut Ice Blocks10 ways to stay on track with your weight loss goals on Australia Day


  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon Natvia
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut


  • Combine all the ingredients in mixing bowl.
  • Pour into an icy pole mould (depending on the size of your moulds you may need more than one mould per serve). Freeze until solid for 3-4 hours.

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