While the internet is buzzing with helpful articles such as the Nov. 20, 2015 Observer.com feature on ways to avoid holiday weight gain, the following Party Girl Diet™ “holiday survival guide” reveals 3 fun and surprisingly healthy ways to “keep the party going…and keep the weight off” this holiday season. With this trusted holiday survival guide by your side, you can enjoy a super fun girls’ night out, sleep in…and even catch some rays – all completely guilt free. That’s right, you’ll find the Party Girl Diet™ holiday survival guide to staying healthy and avoiding holiday weight gain almost a bit naughty…and definitely very, very nice.
Now while anyone who is into diet and exercise is most likely already eating right and exercising regularly to keep his/her immune system strong, the holiday season does present a time when stress can lower your resistance to viruses and germs that can make you run down and sick. So read on to check out The Party Girl Diet’s holiday survival guide – dishing a few rather “a-typical” and surprisingly “naughty” ways to stay healthy and ward off unwanted holiday weight gain this season. You can also rest assured, everything on the Party Girl Diet™ holiday diet and survival guide’s “naughty list” will ensure your holiday season will be extra nice. So here we go…
#1: Plan a Girls’ Night Out.
Research shows social isolation and feelings of loneliness can weaken the immune system. Not one for going out with the girls at night? No problem. You can boost your immune system by meeting a friend for lunch, taking a group fitness class…or even by just calling a friend or family member to chat. These are all great ways to bust out of that lonely “holiday season funk” and banish the blues. Now if you are “celebrating” out on the town, some of the healthiest, stress-busting cocktails for their anti-oxidant properties include:
- Champagne Mimosas
- Bloody Mary’s
- Red Wine
Hungry for holiday diet foods that don’t compromised on flavor? Check out The Party Girl Diet’s “holiday party survival guide” with easy and delicious holiday diet party food recipes here.
#2: Get some Sun.
Yes, here’s one “naughty way” to stay healthy that may seem too good to be true since we all know too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, especially Melanoma, the most serious. However, thanks to the Vitamin D our bodies produce from sun exposure, research shows you can sun-bathe (especially exposing your face and arms) guilt free for up to 10 minutes a day without sunscreen in order to produce the amount of Vitamin D your body needs to protect you from certain cancers such as lung, breast and colorectal. So while too much sun is a real no-no, getting 10 glorious minutes of unprotected sun a day is a great way to keep the blues away and strengthen your immune system at the same time. Outside of the above, do follow a few simple “sun worshiping guidelines” to keep your health and skin radiant:
- Always have a wide brimmed hat and long sleeve cover-up handy for times when you are going to be outside for an extended period of time.
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen; apply liberally and often – especially if you are swimming.
- Avoid the sun during the strongest hours of exposure 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
#3: Get Your Beauty Sleep
Reviewed in extensive detail in Party Girl Diet’s Super Abs Playbook Kindle available on Amazon.com, proper “sleep” is one of life’s free health bennies that does the mind, body and spirit a ton of good. Shoot for about 7 – 8 hours of restful sleep for optimal health. While we all think we can “catch up” on sleep, the truth is – sleep works its magic best when it becomes a healthy ritual and/or “way of life.” In other words, make healthy sleep a part of your life for optimal health and longevity. Below are a few tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:
- Avoid caffeine after 1 or 2 p.m. if it interferes with you sleep.
- Try not to eat at least 2 – 3 hours before you go to bed.
- Avoid artificial light from computer screens and other electronics, which can interfere with your body’s natural “clock.”
For more diet and exercise tips to stay healthy and avoid holiday weight gain, catch the healthy living content and workouts featured on California Living® – as well as check out the suggested links below to “keep the party going…and keep the weight off” this holiday season. Cheers! Aprilanne