Holidays can cost you more than restaurant and hotel bills. They can also negate the sacrifices you make to be healthy and stay fit throughout the year. Here are 14 ways to avoid gaining weight while enjoying friends and food during the holiday season.
#1 – METABOLISM BOOSTER WATER
Each morning fill a glass bottle with two liters of alkaline water. Squeeze two lemons into the water, then add one teaspoon of organic ginger powder and the following herbal tinctures: dandelion root (90 drops), milk thistle (90 drops), and nettles (90 drops).
Drink your water throughout the day.
#2 – EAT LIGHT BREAKFASTS
Start each day with a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of organic turmeric powder and honey. This will soothe your stomach and help fight inflammation. Also drink a glass of cold pressed pineapple, celery, and lime juice.
#3 – TAKE A PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT
Sugar is bad bacteria’s favorite food. To avoid the imbalance of gut bacterial flora—which causes several other issues including weight gain—take a probiotic food supplement after breakfast.
#4 – SUBSTITUTE COFFEE WITH ORGANIC GREEN TEA
Green tea is a metabolism booster and has amazing anti-aging properties. It also supplies your dose of caffeine.
#5 – DRINK HERBAL TEA AFTER LUNCH AND DINNER
Mint, milk thistle, ginger, and chamomile are all herbal teas that improve digestion.
#6 – NEVER ADD SUGAR
If you crave sweetness in your food or drink, add raw organic honey, vanilla extract or cinnamon instead of sugar.
#7 – EAT RAW VEGETABLES
Start your meal with raw vegetables. Raw veggies help you control your hunger and balance your meal.
#8 – EAT SMALLER PORTIONS
Feel free to sample everything your host serves, just put smaller portions on your plate. Try whatever you want, but limit yourself to two or three bites at a time. You will feel satisfied, full, and also proud of yourself.
#9 – EAT SLOWLY
Chew, chew, chew . . . until the food melts in your mouth. Eating slowly not only improves digestion, but it also gives your mind time to perceive satiety, so you will eat less, too.
#10 – SNACK ON NUTS AND FRUIT INSTEAD OF DESSERTS
It takes a minute to eat a creamy, sugary dessert and weeks to get rid of the calories. Instead, fill your stomach with water or eat fruit and nuts, which are equally tasty, satisfying and, most importantly, good for you.
#11 – TAKE A WALK AFTER EATING
Walking improves digestion, aids metabolism, and oxygenates your body by burning calories.
#12 – POST-PARTY STRATEGY
Never skip meals. Instead, drink a cold pressed organic veggie juice. My top metabolism and digestion boosting ingredients are ginger, celery, lime, and pineapple. Add oranges for extra vitamin C.
#13 – DETOXIFY
Brush your body five minutes a day with a natural body brush. Dry skin brushing helps get rid of toxins, enhances lymphatic drainage, improves circulation, reduces cellulite, exfoliates the skin, reduces muscle tension, and calms the mind.
#14 – CHANGE YOUR MINDSET
Planning to burn calories with extra time at the gym? Staying in shape is 80% diet and 20% exercise. You will never compensate your unhealthy food habits with exercise only. Train your brain to eat the right quantities of good, healthy, organic foods.
Enjoy your holidays by eating (and thinking) right. While spending time with family and friends, feed off their love and positive energy. You will feel great, and be happier and more prepared for a fantastic new year!