Do you ever feel that you have been so good with your diet for so long, only to blow it all during the holidays? It’s almost as though it is impossible to eat well during the holidays, but what if there was a way?
OK, no one wants to diet during the holidays. But it is possible to enjoy your favorite foods almost without guilt. Here are 5 easy holiday diet rules that will help you enjoy your holidays while maintaining a ‘holiday diet.’
Eat lots of vegetables and salads as this will help you create a balance with the not-so-healthy foods. Dress your salads with olive oil, salt, lemon, a few herbs and spices of your choice. The simpler the dressing the better it is for you. No sugar and no commercial salad dressing, please! According to Dr. Kessler, as featured in the Washington Post, the combination of sugar, salt and fat in regular dressings hijacks our brain and makes us eat more than we should.
Not coffee, not soft drinks, but water. Water not only hydrates the body, it also helps flush the system of substances that the body rejects, such as artificial flavors, colors, corn syrup and food additives. Plus, you will consume less alcohol and therefore fewer calories if you are well hydrated.
Healthy fats help you stay slim. Healthy fats send a signal to your brain: “I am satisfied
When you don’t sleep enough you most certainly eat more, you are also more cranky and less happy. You need good sleep so your body can regenerate and provide you with energy, so you don’t crave extra calories. Restful sleep also makes you happy, so you don’t need look for comfort in additional calories.
Most likely you won’t be able to get the same level of exercise during the holidays as usual, but you can do something. You can still go for a run or a long walk even if you are away from home. If you like going to the gym, you can find one almost anywhere, you just have to be determined. A little something is so much better than nothing at all. Then, when the holidays are over, you can go back to your regular exercise routine and won’t feel that you have fallen miles behind.
We all need a break from time to time, and you well deserve one. However, if you give up your diet and your healthy lifestyle completely, you won’t feel good about yourself, will you?
Try these 5 holiday diet rules and you will see that they make it so much easier on you. You will feel happier in your body, you will feel that you stayed true to yourself, and you won’t feel too much guilt about your holiday consumption. Besides, it will be so much easier for you to transition back to your normal routine rather than starting over from square one.
Here’s to happy and healthy holidays!
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