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5 Easy Holiday Diet Rules

5 Easy Holiday Diet Rules

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.’

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Holiday Diet Rule Number 1: Eat Lots Of Vegetables

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.

Holiday Diet Rule Number 2: Drink Lots of Water

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.

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Holiday Diet Rule Number 3: Eat Healthy Fats

Healthy fats help you stay slim. Healthy fats send a signal to your brain: “I am satisfied.” Some of these healthy fats are coconut oil, avocado, organic peanut butter and almond butter. If you eat these healthy fats early in the day, they will help you control your cravings later. You can also easily add these fats to your breakfast smoothie. In addition, good fats promote deeper and healthier sleep, so you will be more happy and rested the next morning. See more on sleep below.

Holiday Diet Rule Number 4: Sleep

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.

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Holiday Diet Rule Number 5: Get Some Exercise

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.

Try These Simple Holiday Diet Rules

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?

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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!

Did I miss anything? Do you have any comments or suggestions? Please post your comments and suggestions below.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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