Let’s Face It…..Everyone Wants To Look Amazing In That Little Black Dress At Your Holiday Party!
There is nothing wrong with using vanity as your motivation to stay slim sometimes. Although this is not the main reason you should be working toward a slim, toned, healthy body on a regular basis, it is common for this to be the focus around special events.
The Holiday hustle:
The Christmas and New Year holidays are one of those times. So many holiday parties to attend, meet-ups with loved ones, shopping trips and luncheons with the girlfriends. Not to mention that there is a camera in everyone’s hand around this time of year so of course you want to look your best! So here we are at the subject of the dreaded holiday bloat.
We’ve all been there. The holidays are a great time to connect with friends and family and it is easy to overdue things when you are going from one holiday party to another. All it takes is one overindulgent night to temporarily ruin that bangin figure you have been working so hard to get.
5 Useful Tips To Stay Fit This Holiday Season:
To help you avoid this holiday bloat and still fit in that little black dress, here are some simple tips to follow!
Tip #1- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I cannot stress this one enough! Water is an essential part of reducing and avoiding bloating. You can even increase the benefits of drinking water by adding fresh lemon to your water to help alkalize the body and keep the kidneys flushing so that you do not retain excess water around the hips and belly.
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Tip #2 – Avoid the grains and dairy!
Try sticking with lean protein, healthy fats, and vegetables when you have the chance. These foods are filling yet less bloat promoting and easier to digest. Raw vegetables are loaded with fiber to fill you up and cleanse the liver, and water to cleanse the kidneys.
Avoid the breads, pasta, and rice dishes and opt for whole food dishes like grilled or roasted meats, sauteed, steamed, or roasted vegetables, and broth based or pureed soups.
Tip #3 – Avoid the sugary holiday drinks
Opt for a more refreshing variety with less sugar. Many of those holiday drinks are loaded with sugar and unnecessary calories. If you are going to drink alcohol opt for a healthier version of that holiday cocktail by using fresh juices and sparkling water like this recipe below.
– 2 cups champagne
– 1 cup pomegranate
– 1 cup sparkling water
– 1/2 cup citrus vodka
– Lemon twists, for garnish
Or even better, you can have a festive non alcoholic version of this drink:
– 2 1/2 cups sparkling water
– 2 cups pomegranate juice
– Shake with ice and pour into a martini glass with a squeeze of lime. Recipe makes several glasses to share!
Tip #4 – Keep that digestive fire roaring!
Making sure that your digestion is in the best working order will help prevent bloating. There are several things you can do to help your digestive system stay fired up:
– Chew your food well before swallowing to allow your body time to create necessary digestive juices and enzymes.
– Do not drink fluids while eating. These fluids water down your digestive acids and prevent proper breakdown of foods.
– Take extra digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid with meals.
– Chew on fennel seeds after your meal to calm down any possible bloating.
– Drink ginger or mint