Keeping To The Diet This Holiday

Tricks For Losing Weight – Get Off the Diet Rollercoaster

Are you one of those “I vow to start my diet on Monday morning” no matter what diet divas? Join a very long list. And let me guess, the diet lasts maybe through Tuesday, if you are lucky? I know because I’ve been there, done that. I swear it is as if you are starting a diet every week 52 weeks a year. It is hard because, let’s face it, there are temptations everywhere, especially in the workplace. And it is not hard to come up with a million and one reasons to go off your diet. Well, let’s look at a few tricks and tips to get you started once and for all that are time proven and really work. You know how you feel when you see that first couple of pounds fall off and then you are encouraged and it seems like it is easier? OK, let’s get down to business this Monday and make it stick.

1 – Avoid fast food like the plaque – Unless you already know what the healthy alternatives are and are prepared to order them, then stay away!

2 – Ditch the soda – start drinking water and plenty of it. If you must, they have these little flavored packets you can add to your bottle of water with no calories. But drink plenty and preferably a half hour before you eat. It really does help you feel full.

3 – Go get some of those little 100 calorie snacks for that mid-afternoon craving. Also, have on hand a can of unsalted plain almonds and eat a few them when you have a craving. They are super healthy and won’t make you fat.

4 – Consciously make an effort to eat more slowly. You are not in a hot dog eating contest so slow down already! This gives your brain a chance to register that your stomach is full.

5 – Start using nonstick spray to cook with. You can get olive and butter flavored sprays and they have zero calories so that way, your 70-calorie egg stays at 70 calories.

6- Eat more fiber if you want to feel full – things like strawberries, broccoli, beans and nuts. I know you’ve heard it before, now try listening… fiber feels you up! Not to mention the health benefits.

7- You really must move around more. Do you have stairs at work? Use them. Go buy a few fitness workout tapes. The trick I do is that as soon as I get home, I immediately change into my workout clothes. I don’t think about it, I just do it. Then after I eat dinner, I pop a tape in and I am set to go. Alternate this with going for a 30-minute walk each day. You will really see results fast.

8 – Stop eating by 6:30 p.m. This way your body has a good 12 hours to digest its food and empty itself and can start using it’s own body fat.

These are just a few things you can implement pretty easily to get going.

Natural Ways for You to Ditch the Pain in Your Body

You may be wary of the effects of synthetic pain medications to your body but you have no other options but to take them to kill the pain. Well, worry no more. Here are some natural ways for you to ditch the pain without having to chug down various artificial ingredients that might do more harm to your body.

Add more herbs to your diet. Herbs like basil, ginger, and turmeric are great pain desensitizers. They are usually found inside your kitchen closet and are great ways to improve the taste of your food. You might not know it yet but they are effective methods of killing pain.

Arnica has natural anti-inflammatory properties that might be used to ease throat pain. It has also been known to ease pain in the joints and kness post surgery. Apply arnica oil or ointment to the affected area.

Aquamin is derived from a red seaweed that is rich in calcium and magnesium. Calcium helps the bones grow strong as it also helps relaxes tired muscles. Magnesium also kills pain and enhances your immune system.

Fish oil has been known to breakdown prostaglandins, the hormone responsible for pain. And if it breakdowns the pain hormone then it is good for the body. Fish oil has been used as an alternate method of treating body pain even those who suffer high blood pressure are suggested to take fish oil.

Trick your mind from feeling the pain. You can do this by counting out loud or doing something else. It has been proven that by distracting your brain and doing something else can actually prevent you from feeling the pain. Focus on saying things out loud rather than the pain though.

The ancient Chinese have developed ways to relieve pain through fluid exercises like Qigong. Qigong has been used for countless centuries now by the Chinese and has been practiced as a way to relieve pain rather than swalling down a pill.

The Chinese has mastered the art of pain relief through acupuncture. It is an alternative method to dealing with pain wherein thin needles are pricked on spots that cause pain. Acupuncture is used to treat lower back pain and even menstrual pain.