If you are like most people through the holiday season, you throw caution to the wind and eat and drink to your hearts content through November and December. Then, losing the average 10-pound-holiday-weight-gain is put at the top of your New Year’s resolutions.
Here are 10 tips for you to indulge in holiday goodies and cheer and still keep your weight and health in check.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day. Two glasses of water to each alcoholic beverage will help neutralize the negative effects of your spirit of choice. Adding a squeeze of lemon to your water also helps digestion and reduces the acidity of rich holiday foods.
- Another great secret, before you open that bottle of wine and pour your first glass, take a teaspoon of chia seed and a big glass of water. The chia seed is an excellent source of fiber, packed with antioxidants, full of protein, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and the richest known plant source of omega-3. It also holds 10 times its weight in water (hydrophilic) which helps you feel fuller longer and prevents dehydration as the water is slowly released from the chia seed as the body digests and absorbs it. No more fuzzy head from the wine hitting an empty stomach.
- Eat your fruits and vegetables to get your antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they produce by-products called “free radicals” which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as free radical scavengers that prevent and repair the damage. Spinach, broccoli kale and other leafy greens as well as berries like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries have the highest level of antioxidants.
- Chase those sugary treats with some veggie sticks and hummus. Sugar suppresses your immune system and makes it easier for you to catch that flu or cold that’s going around the workplace. Like antioxidants, fiber-rich foods help boost your immune system too.
- Take a 10 minute walk after heavy meals, preferably in the fresh air. Breathing fresh air and getting your body moving greatly helps to move that turkey and mashed potatoes through your system.
- Drink peppermint or chamomile tea to aid digestion. Carry a couple tea bags with you and have a tea-break during the day.
- If you’ve had a few too many eggnogs at the office party, add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and chase it with another glass of water before you go to bed. Your head will thank you for it in the morning.
- Get your rest. Resist the urge to go all-out and attend every party invite. Take a break and get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night or at least every few nights throughout the season. Your body needs time to detoxify, repair and regenerate and this can only happen when you’re sleeping.
- Some helpful supplements to boost your health during the holidays include digestive enzymes, greens like wheatgrass and barley grass, probiotics and Vitamin D. Check with your local health food store for advice on what may be the most beneficial for you.
- Stay active and exercise. If you trade your lunch-hour work-out for a Christmas luncheon, take the stairs rather than the elevator for the rest of the week or get off the bus five stops early each day. Whatever exercise you can fit in, your body and mind will thank you for it.
Most of all… Don’t overdo it every day. Eat, drink and be merry while following these 10 tips and listen to your body. All of these things will help you keep the 10-pound-holiday-weight-gain off the top of your New Year’s Resolution list.