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December 6, 2007

A to Z of Healthy Holiday Habits

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M - Massage Your Ears

Get your digestive system going before you even start eating by giving your earlobes a quick thirty-second rub. It will this stimulate the brain, relieve stress, and lower your appetite, all while sitting at the table!

N - No, No, No!

Enjoy the foods that you love (hello eggnog) by giving up the foods that you don’t need. Stay away from particularly harmful and unsavory foods, like bread, pasta, coffee, beer and anything that comes from a can. Balance indulgences with a hearty helping of fruits and vegetables.

O - Outfit

Who knew that a cute dress and sexy underwear could help you stay healthy? According to Dr. Sadkhin, wearing tight or body-conforming clothing will make you feel fuller quicker because of the slight pressure it puts on your stomach.

P - Pre-Party Snacks

While Dr. Sadkhin suggests fasting the day before a party, you shouldn’t go hungry. “Remember to eat a small but satisfying meal before you go to the party.” Apples or yogurt are both good options.

Q - Quit Coffee

Not only does that daily Starbucks suck money from your wallet, it also has no nutritional value and makes your insulin levels go crazy. If you need a shot of caffeine to help you through dinner with aunt Edna, try a healthier alternative, like green tea.

R - Go Raw

When filling your plate with feast-worthy foods, include as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. “They’ll help stimulate the digestive system and improve absorption while promoting proper organ function,” says Dr. Sadkhin. Raw foods are also often richer in vitamins and minerals than anything cooked.

S - Sex

Nothing says holiday cheer like an early-morning romp. Sex in the morning is a great substitute for exercise and will help relieve holiday-related stress.

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