The holiday period has its perks and colorfulness. But it’s also the naughty period when it comes to looking after our bodies. It’s hard to resist all that yummy food, there is no time to exercise, and the cocktails seem ever so tempting.
You might be feeling all jingly and festive, but try not to forget about your body. If you do, you’ll be reminded soon enough, in the form of a morning headache, feelings of tiredness and a few extra pounds around your waist.
This is where the importance of hydration comes in. Water helps you feel fuller, metabolize more efficiently and digest better. But just how do you ensure you drink enough of it, when all you can see are the glitzy lights, food galore and merry times? Here are some simple tips:
- Drink a glass of water before your meal.
Not only will this aid your water consumption, it will also help with your weight loss regime. Our bodies often mistake thirst for hunger, so if you drink before you eat, it’s very likely that the body will request less food.Water makes you feel fuller, so you will eat more carefully.
According to research, you can expect to eat about 75 calories less with your meal, if you start it with a glass of water.I am always constantly drinking water during the day. It gives me lots of energy and makes me feel a lot better than the days where I’m not drinking enough water. You’ll feel like your chugging along.
I know I sure feel that way and you can too!
- Drink water after alcohol consumption.
Alcohol is extremely dehydrating, hence the morning-after headache. I never got into drinking alcohol. It’s never been my thing ever since one of my trainers that I looked up too told me that he had never drank alcohol in his whole life, which inspired me.
If you decide to indulge, it is recommended to drink alcohol in a 1:1 ratio with water, one unit followed by at least one glass of water. That reminds me:
- Keep water close to you.
Get into the habit of carrying water with you, or keeping a refreshing glass on your table or at your bedside. If you’re not fond of pure water, you can add some lemon to zing it up.
Lemons are a great source of antioxidants and I am always adding them to my glass or bottle of water whenever I can.
Remember that there are other sources of water, such as fruit and vegetables, as well as soups, yogurts and smoothies. So if you find it hard to gulp down yet another glass of water, have a serving of fresh fruits.
- Cook with sea salt.
If you are the one doing the cooking this year, use high quality sea salt (avoid cheap table salt). Unrefined sea salt is rich is trace minerals – it contains 84 minerals and nutrients – which are important for cell function and hydration.
If you want to learn more tips and trick to surviving the holidays without gaining weight, check out the Holiday Survival Guide that I created for you so you don’t have to regret all the food you ate during the holidays.
Now, enjoy the holidays and stay healthy!