Last Minute Holiday Health Hacks to Avoid Falling Off Track!
The holiday season supposed to be an exceptional time when family and friends travel to celebrate and share meals together. However, enjoying holiday cheer doesn’t require you to replace your daily salad with a plate of cookies. Avoid “holiday weight gain” and the guilt that often comes with it, and, instead, take and stay in control of your fit-style.
Health is not about deprivation, but about all things in moderation - a crucial concept during the holidays.
Check out these tips, tricks and hacks below to ﬁnd out how you can, in fact, have your cake and eat it too this season.
- Remember, a holiday is a DAY. Don’t spend it making up for all the cheesecake you’ve missed out on the rest of the year; have a slice. Then get back on track tomorrow.
- Shop online. Surprised to hear me say that? During this busy season, you could opt to run yourself ragged, stay out late shopping, and well, treat yourself to a few late-night donuts, as a reward.. Forget it. Stay home, get organized, save your energy for your workout with me :)
- Work out. (You knew that was coming, LOL!) There are no excuses, and it will keep you centered, grounded and focused, during this chaotic season.
- Buy an incredibly sexy red dress in your “skinny size” for that holiday party you’ve been invited to. Cut off the labels and throw them away. There. Now you have to stay on track.
- Water. It’s a wonderful thing. It hydrates, detoxifies, and helps you feel full. It helps your skin stay clear. Rehydrate after burning fat from your workout.
- You know those decorative treats displayed in the lunchroom at holiday time? They are loaded with sugar, butterfat, carbohydrates, and secret ingredients that add cellulite to your hips... just saying ...
- Be prepared! Have protein-rich snacks on hand at work; nibble a few nuts or seeds or whole-grain crackers to stave off hunger before a party.
- Carry your weight-loss journal with you, now more than ever.
- At holiday parties, fill up on healthy stuff; i.e., fresh raw veggies without the dip, plain chicken or turkey. That entitles you to a nibble of calorie-rich desserts.
- Walk around and talk to people. Concentrate on socializing, not on endeavoring to sample each and every delicacy on the buffet.
- Don’t give in. “You just gotta try this,”... no actually ou don’t gotta.
- Get excited about exercise! Choose to start that new class now! Focus your attention on that- not on baking cake bars for the office.
- Don’t give up your healthy habits just because you’ve got a ton of errands to do. It’s just as easy to hit the health food deli and get some hot lentil soup and an herb-grilled chicken breast, as it would be to go next store and buy a pizza.
- Ditch it... everything that has sugar, which impedes fat loss, and fill the fridge with raw carrots, bags of green salads, avocadoes, almonds, hummus dip, and soynut butter.
- Get enough sleep. Let your body heal itself. Let your hormones calm down and stay at normal levels. Increased cortisol = increased belly fat.
- Just say NO to eggnog. An 8-ounce glass contains 35 calories, 1 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of sugar, 4 grams of carbohydrates, and 16 mgs of cholesterol. And that’s without the rum.... JUST DON'T!!!!
- Go green! Green tea, that is. Iced or hot, green tea helps you burn fat, fight off free radicals, and build stronger bones. Try jasmine-flavored, or mixed with yerba maté, for twice the fat-burning power!
- Seaweed: It blocks up to 75 percent fat, has thermogenic properties, and is loaded with minerals and phytonutrients. Have some miso soup, a nori roll stuffed with brown rice and avocado, and tasty seaweed salad.
- Clean the house from top to bottom, in preparation for the holidays. “Cardio Cleaning” burns almost 600 calories a house.
- Avoid fruit juices; you might as well be drinking pop. Twelve ounces of Coca-Cola has 10 teaspoons/40 grams of sugar. The same amount of orange juice contains 8 teaspoons/33 grams; apple juice has 10 teaspoons/39 grams and grape juice contains 15 teaspoons/58 grams!
- Eat vitamin and fiber-rich whole-grains and complex carbs like sweet potatoes! They keep you satisfied, and keep blood sugar and insulin levels stable.