The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re like most people you might be feeling mixed emotions about the upcoming festivities — a sense of anticipation with a little dread.
Increased socializing brings with it greater temptations to indulge in the all-too-tempting glass or two of eggnog and poor food choices, never mind the lack of sleep that comes with all that is Festive!
Instead of sugarplums dancing in your head you’re more likely thinking about:
- Weight gain – heck, you haven’t even lost the 7 pounds you gained last year!
- Long days and even longer nights just trying to keep up with your To Do list.
- An increasingly shorter fuse that’s sure to knock you clear off Santa’s Nice list
Okay, enough Baa Humbug! Let’s put the Happy back into your Holidays with my powerful Holiday Survival Guide:
Rule #1 – Plan for the party
By plan I don’t mean the old, “Okay, I’m going to starve myself ALL day so I can save up my calories and eat like a maniac at the party tonight.” Really, let’s be honest, has that strategy ever worked? Of course not. It only leads to gorging yourself, and causes you to pack on unwanted pounds. Plus, starving yourself causes your metabolism to come to a screeching halt, not knowing when, or if, you’ll get fed again so it’d better store whatever comes it’s way!
Plan to eat breakfast for sure, for sure, for sure (that wakes up your metabolism) then, before you head out the door to socialize, eat a light snack. My personal favorite is to fill up on a nice mixed greens salad with olive oil and apple cider vinegar (great fat burner) as my dressing.
Rule #2 – Pick your favorites first!
I know — this sounds like the complete opposite of what you should do! However, if you start out by enjoying just one of each thing you know you love, love, love — rather than saving the best for last — you’ll be satisfied a whole lot sooner and can get on with visiting and laughing. Laughter, by the way, really burns up calories!
Rule #3 – Have these three powerful detoxifiers on hand:
- Betaine (especially if you’re going to indulge in meat, fish, poultry or dairy) and/or Digestive Enzymes — Preferably take 2 or 3 right before you eat, or before you leave the house, so your digestive system can handle what you’re about to enjoy without keeping you up all night complaining. (I don’t recommend taking Betaine more than 15 minutes prior to eating or if you have a history of stomach ulcers.)
- Milk Thistle — assists the liver in cleansing toxins. Personally I like to take 2 or 3 at bedtime most nights anyway (my favorite brand is Body Ecology’s Liv-Amend) but if I’ve been out wining and dining, I take 3 for sure before I crawl into bed.
- Zeolite capsules or liquid — has been found to improve the digestive process and help with elimination, acid reflux, leaky gut and other intestinal disorders. Personally I take 2-3 capsules with at least 8-10 oz of water as soon as we arrive home from an evening out. It’s worth mentioning that Zeolite has earned a powerful reputation for it’s ability to attract, capture and then assist the liver in eliminating heavy metals and other toxins, yet leaves healthy minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in the body.
Keep in mind, these supplements and recommendations are merely tools to help you successfully maneuver your way through the holidays — they’re not an escape from making healthy and responsible choices. 😉
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. If you are unwell or taking medication, we recommend you seek the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner before starting any supplement or health program.
I’ll be back with more helpful health strategies in time to not only get you through Christmas Dinner and New Year’s Eve, but to also help you solidly prepare to kick-start 2013.
Let’s make 2013 the year you stop just surviving and white knucklin’ your way through each day and every health choice — let’s make it the year you actually feel revived and ready for action!
Stay tuned … and meanwhile enjoy the Festive Season!