10 Tips For You To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

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It’s no secret that people like to eat during the holidays. There’s a reason for this: holidays are centered around food, whether it is a party or family gathering. The fact is that people gain more weight in the holiday season than they do the rest of the year. It’s time to break the mold and stop indulging in pies, heavy carbs, sweets, and a lot of meat this holiday season. Let’s stay slim throughout the holidays.

 

The danger zone is from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. It can be hard to stop yourself from indulging, which is why we have assembled the top 10 tips for you to stay healthy and slim during the holiday season.

 

#1: Grab a Friend

It can be hard to walk the healthy path alone through the holidays. A great way to keep the pounds off is to stay slim with a friend. Meet up for walks, yoga classes, or head to the gym together. Plus, you’ll have someone to talk to about all the gossip from your family gatherings.

 

#2: Watch Your Portions

Many people overindulge during the holidays. You don’t need two plates of food and one plate of dessert. Controlling your portions can be hard, but a great way to do this is to make sure your plate is halfway full with veggies. You don’t have to deny yourself a roll or a slice of pie, but fill up on low-calorie food before you treat yourself.

 

#3: Think Skinny At The Buffet

When it comes to buffets, it can be easy to make several trips. The best way to handle a buffet style meal is to scope out the healthy options before grabbing a plate. This way you will know exactly what to get when you get food. Sitting far away from the buffet removes the temptation from eyesight, which helps you only go one time.

 

#4: Make Water A Priority

When you are properly hydrated, you feel full, which means you won’t be tempted to eat food that happens to be out. You can also drink lemon water to help alkalize your body and keep your skin healthy in the dryer weather.

 

#5: Do Festive Activities

There are many activities, which burn a lot of calories, which you can do throughout the holidays. And you can do them with friends and family! You can go ice skating, sledding, or have snowball fights, provided you live where there is snow. You can even go hiking!

 

#6: Make The Most Your Workouts

It’s the holidays, which means there is shopping to do, parties to attend, and bundling and cuddling to be done. If you only have 30 minutes in the gym, maximize your workouts by doing interval training. Do high-intensity exercises with short rest periods. This will ensure that you are burning a lot of calories.

 

#7: Air Squats Before Your Meals

There are a lot of holiday dishes that can be rough on the digestive system. Proper bowel movements, which play a key role in staying healthy, can be established by boosting your metabolism. Before every meal, do air squats for 60-90 seconds. This will boost your metabolism and keep your digestive system happy.

 

#8: Start Your Days Off Healthy

Holiday treats and pastries are always abundant in every store. Say no to these! It is beneficial to start you day off with a healthy smoothie with vegan protein powder. Just remember too use fresh fruit and vegetables.

 

#9: Nibble on Apples When Cooking

When it comes to preparing holiday meals, you are likely to take extra “taste” bites or lick the frosting/batter. We like to call these fat traps. To avoid these traps, slice an apple before you start cooking and eat that when you feel like taking a bite of food. They are rich in fiber, help you stay full, and you’ll nibble less.

 

#10: Have A Morning-After Pig-Out Plan

Sometimes we have moments of weakness. You may eat too much dessert or too much food at your holiday meal. Don’t be upset with yourself. Have a plan for the morning after, so that you reset your mind and body back on the healthy path. Commit to walking 10,000 steps the next day or doing cardio for an hour.

 

While these tips can help you stay slim throughout the holidays, it is important to have fun too. Make sure you are following a diet regimen and exercise routine that works for you. Stay on track and you’ll stay slim this holiday season. You can also use our weight loss hacks to help you through the holidays.

 

Sources:

https://laurenconrad.com/blog/2013/12/how-to-stay-slim-during-holidays-winter-fitness-tips-allison-norton-december-2013/

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20870314,00.html

http://natalieparamore.com/10-tips-for-staying-skinny-during-the-holidays/

http://fitnessblackbook.com/diet-tips/gone-in-60-seconds-one-minute-of-activity-to-avoid-storing-calories-of-a-meal-as-body-fat/

2016-11-03T15:37:44+00:00

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    Thanks for the question,

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    Q: Hello, I have the herpes virus that occasionally causes me to get a cold sore about once a year. I eat very healthy i.e. no dairy, fried foods, red meat etc. What do you recommend as a cure for this virus. I don't want to take something that will make the virus continue to stay dormant in my blood stream but something that will completely kill it out of my system so I never have an outbreak again. I'm certain there is a remedy that exists. My belief is that God has created a natural cure for every disease. Can you help, thanks?

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    Q: I recently completed the Full Body Detox, which I loved. Now, 2 months later, I am very interested in the weight release program. Last year, I lost 40 lbs in 8 months, in the most healthy way (good nutrition and exercise). This year, I slowly started gaining weight back, and 1 year later, I continue to gain weight much more quickly. I am still working out regularly, and eating well. Would you recommend the Weight Release Kit? I am looking to take off 20 lbs at the most. Is that realistic for this formula? However, I want to build muscle and strength as well. Can I maintain the results of the program with the directed nutrition plan, and add white meat for protein (chicken, turkey, tuna). I am also wondering if the formulas simply release excess weight, or can I expect to lose inches and lower my body fat percentage? Thanks for your time and dedication to natural health!

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    You will release weight (waste)! Your weight is nothing but waste!

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    Being nervous is a sign of doubt and doubt is the subconscious will to fail. The best thing you could do is think positive and feel secure right now in the moment!

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    A: The best thing for you is the Full Body Cleanse. The Full Body Cleanse will allow you to remove unwanted weight, while also optimizing your entier body so that you can maintain that weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

     

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