Eating Better for the Holidays

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As the holiday season draws closer, one of the hardest ways to maintain your healthy lifestyle during this time of year is to eat right. Even if you have been doing great on your diet, the holidays can still lead to overindulgence and weight gain. One of the reasons for is this is that food seems to be extra plentiful during celebrations with plates and plates of delicious goodies. Plus, the majority of food served during the holidays is usually loaded with fat, calories, and sugar. If you are not careful, your health can suffer.

In order to stay healthier over the holidays, here are some tips for eating better:

  • Make Wise Choices – Instead of reaching for things like pie, stuffing, gravy, eggnog, bread pudding, and ham or beef, choose healthier options like turkey, chicken, fresh salads, and steamed vegetables. It’s OK to have some holiday treats, but it is important to choose your calories wisely. Keep track of your calories as much as possible so you know how much you are eating.
  • Bring Your Own Food – During many holiday celebrations, there is often not many healthy choices. By bringing a healthier dish of your own, you can give yourself and others that option. Plus, there are plenty of traditional recipes that can be modified in order to be healthier.
  • Control Your PortionsSmaller portions allow you to sample many different foods while keeping the amount of calories down. Also, it is best to chew your food slowly and take small bites to avoid overindulging. When you are done with your meal, it might be helpful to leave the room in order to keep from going back for more.
  • Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption – The holidays are notorious for alcohol but alcoholic drinks are high in calories and have hardly any nutritional value. Plus, it dehydrates your body. Practice moderation, if it is impossible for you to avoid alcohol then try and drink a glass of water in between drinks. But the safest bet is to stick to plain water and your body will thank you for it.
  • Stay Active – Moderation is critical when it comes to eating over the holidays but so is staying active. Keeping exercising regularly and get moving!

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Winter Workout Tips

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Working out in the winter can be tough. It’s cold, you really don’t want to go outside and curling up on the sofa under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa sounds way better than donning your yoga pants and getting your exercise on. However, if you don’t keep your fitness level up through the winter, it will be that much harder to get back in the groove when it warms up and when you actually do want to get out there and stay fit.

Here are some easy ways to get your butt into gear during the winter when all you really want to be doing is snuggling up next to the heater with a good book.

Light Therapy

Light therapy is commonly used for depressive disorders, especially Seasonal Affective Disorder – a disorder in which many people become depressed or notice depressive symptoms in the winter, when they don’t get out as much or are stuck in the house. Light therapy uses a solar lamp to deliver white light for a specified period each day. While it is primarily used for depression and other similar disorders, you can use it to help you get motivated to exercise. Because it can help boost mood during times that there is less natural light available – like during the winter – you can use light therapy to fool yourself into feeling revved up just like you do when the sun is shining outside.

Vitamin D Caplets

The sun increases your body’s available Vitamin D, and in the winter, we naturally get less vitamin D because we are exposed to less natural light. If you can’t get a solar lamp, consider supplementing your diet with vitamin D caplets during the winter. You can also use vitamin D supplementation in addition to light therapy. Vitamin D can help you feel more energized during the winter, instead of tired and lethargic.

Bite The Bullet

Getting out of bed or off the couch and working out is the hardest part – once you’re actually up and doing it, it’s no big deal. Working out makes you feel fabulous for the rest of the day. Even if it’s a blizzard outside, you’ll feel great all day and have the energy to power thorough your “to do” list. So just bite the bullet, get up and exercise. Flip on your winter workout DVD and go to town, even if you can only stand to do 10 minutes of it. Throw your hair up, slip on your tennis shoes and get in the car before you can talk yourself out of going to the gym. It’s hard getting going during the winter, but once you’re finished, you’ll be glad you did it. 

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Weight Loss Supplements That Really Work

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Diet pills are expensive and useless at best, and at worst, they can cause damage to the body and its vital organs. While you may lose some weight at first with diet pills, this is usually water weight and comes back quickly. However, weight loss is difficult and many people need a bit of a boost. What are some safe, all natural weight loss supplements that really work?

Whey Protein

Most people typically use whey protein to build muscle, however, new studies are revealing that whey protein can aid in weight loss as well. Whey protein will fill you up faster and keep you feeling full for longer, helping you to eat less and feel satisfied. It will still help you build muscle, but without excessive bodybuilding, the muscle will be lean and help you burn even more fat.

Glucomannan

Glucomannan is a thickening agent extracted from the konjac plant and is typically used in Japanese cooking. It’s a sugar, so it does have a few calories in it, but when taken as a supplement, it will expand in your stomach by absorbing water. This will help you to feel full without consuming a large amount of calories. You will naturally feel full, all while eating less.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has long been touted as a folk remedy to boost weight loss, but does it really work? Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can help stabilize blood sugar and prevent highs and lows that contribute to hunger pangs. This will help suppress your appetite and keep you from snacking in between meals. It will not help you restrict your calorie intake by significant amounts, but blood sugar regulation will help you to eat well balanced meals and feel satisfied more easily.

Acai Berry

Acai berry supplements can be useful when used for weight loss, but you need to be careful about which formula you purchase. Many “diet pills” that contain caffeine or other harmful chemicals contain acai berry as an additive, but it is not the primary ingredient. If you want to use acai berry to lose weight, make sure you are purchasing a supplement that is just acai berry.

The powerful antioxidants and vitamins in acai berry will help increase your energy and boost your metabolism, helping you to stay up on your exercise and burn fat more effectively.

If you choose to use supplements for weight loss, stick with natural, plant based supplements and stay away from mixed formulas or anything with caffeine or chemicals. Do your research and consult your doctor before starting any diet or weight loss plan.

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