Santa-ScaleThe holidays are a time when there is an abundance of food, sweets, and stress, oftentimes paired with (much) less sleep. These factors make it very easy to unintentionally gain weight. (Did you know…? The average winter weight gain is 5 lbs per person, which for most people is never lost.)

But, it is possible to escape the norm and maintain a sleek figure.

How?

Just by making smarter drink choices to boost metabolism, optimize digestion, curb snacking, and reduce calorie intake.

It may take a bit of mindfulness and advanced planning, but come the New Year, you won’t be worrying about dieting, weight loss, and struggle, but rather basking in confidence, radiating a healthy glow, and loving your beautiful body.

Here are 5 opportunities each day to choose healthier, low-cal beverages that make you feel great and wrap you in the holiday spirit:

When you wake up

Start the day with a cup of hot water with lemon juice. The lemon stimulates the liver, which can immediately encourage a bowel movement and reduce bloating. Plus, its very alkalizing and detoxing.

Mid-morning

The winter chill can sap your energy, making you feel lethargic and unmotivated. When that happens, go for green tea, which contains caffeine for a quick lift, antioxidants for health, and catechins, including EGCG, for a metabolism boost. If you want something special and don’t need the caffeine, look for Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane, for example–a combination of decaf green tea and mint for an invigorating holiday treat.

After meals

Pu-erhWhy do meals during the holidays seem to be so much larger and more scrumptious? If you’re like me, then you know how easy it is to get too full and have your digestion feel a bit sluggish. In that case, look for pu-erh tea, a fermented tea known for its ability to help with digestion. It’s the Chinese go-to following heavy meals, as its reputed to bind with excess dietary fats to prepare them for excretion.

Mid-afternoon

If you’re tempted to snack after lunch–perhaps someone brought holiday cookies or leftover goodies from a party–go for a cup of Belight Tea. Belight helps to curb cravings and reduce snacking through a unique combination of tea and herbs that will make you forget that sweet tooth and those tempting treats.

At the party

Tea Pot Xmas LightsHoliday parties can be the source of countless mystery calories in form of drinks like mulled wine, spiked eggnog, and fruity Schnapps. Don’t worry, these 0 calorie herbal infusions are ready to help you stay lean: Republic of Tea’s Downton Christmas Tea might just make you think you’re drinking real European mulled wine, or try Bigelow’s Eggnogg’n Tea (skip the milk and alcohol for calorie saving).

 

So, this year, when you’re surrounded by all those delectables and sugary snacks, be cautious of the calorie-dense but nutrient-devoid drinks, and pick up these no-calorie, no-sugar teas and infusions instead.  No bulky sweaters needed–you’ll be feeling (and looking) fab in your holiday dresses and skinny jeans all the way through New Year’s.

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