December is the month of weekly festivities and celebrations. So far I've had two birthdays and one holiday dinner. Still coming is two more birthdays and two holiday lunch parties, in addition to Christmas and New Years celebrations with family and friends. So much love and fun all around! But while the holidays are not over, it's good to remember that no matter how many parties, sweets, or late nights we have to keep everything in moderation. What we do and put into our bodies affects us in the long run physically and mentally.
Here's a few tips that I am following to make sure I keep a well balanced healthy lifestyle:
- Start the day with a warm cup of lemon water. Lemons are a natural diuretic and a gentle laxative. I also like to add in a tablespoon of cinnamon. Cinnamon is a detoxifying spice and helps to rid of all toxins. I’ve mentioned it before, but since I incorporated this into my morning routine, I have not gotten sick. Can’t stress enough how important this one step is.
- Keep some cucumber slices handy and ready for days after late nights. Cucumbers helps reduce puffiness under your eyes and internally they release quercetin, an antioxidant that helps reduce swelling. Place cucumber slices on your eyes for 10 minutes and your eyes will be instantly brightened. Cucumbers are also a great healthy snack that I enjoy and toss with lemon juice.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself if you want to have that sweet dessert your coworker made or the delicious pasta your loved one made. Remember to just keep it all in moderation. Don’t say yes to the donuts everyday. Alternate the sweets with some fresh fruit. Or add a little green salad with the pasta.
- Sip on ginger tea. As a natural anti-inflammatory and digestive aid, ginger soothes the digestive system and relaxes the muscles of the colon, breaking up gas and relieving bloating. Also you will notice your tummy flattening up as the bloating goes down. Bring on the ab lines!
- Stay hydrated with water. Make sure you are drinking the recommended amount for your body. This handy site tells you the recommended amount based on your sex, weight, etc. http://www.h4hinitiative.com/tools/hydration-calculator
- Make sure you get adequate sleep. Lack of sleep leaves us with little energy, our brain is not fully functioning, and also can make us crave more carbs and sugar.
- Stick to your work out routines. Sweat out all the bad toxins and keep your energy up. Don’t postpone until the new year.
Hope everyone enjoys their holiday parties safely! What are your tips to make sure you don't overdue any holiday partying?