Get ready for the New Year's Eve

Get ready for the New Year's Eve

Get ready for the New Year''s Eve

With the festive season round the corner, most of us want to look our best and enjoy the celebrations.

This is the time to start the preparations to look all toned up and well maintained on the New Year eve.

There is no need to starve; you can have a well maintained body with just simple rules to follow.Dr. Anjali Mukerjee, Nutritionist, Researcher, Columnist, Author, Founder Director of Health Total gives a step wise guide on for you to dazzle every one with your healthy and well maintained body.As the countdown begins...

3 weeks before the New Year:a. Drink Enough Water: Make sure you drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. It keeps the body hydrated and flushes out the toxins.

b. Drink Green Tea: Drink 3-4 cups of green tea every day. The flavanoids present in green tea improve micro circulation adding to skin glow.

c. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains: Consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables give your skin an attractive and healthy glow. Also, include a variety of whole grains in your diet like whole wheat bread, oats, brown rice, millet, and barley.

d. Cleanse your system: Your bodies are constantly exposed to toxins. One of the easiest ways to remove toxins is by including vegetable and fruit juices in diet. Here’s an excellent juice recipe: Take 1 Carrot, ½ beetroot &2 tomatoes. Cut them & pass all these through a juicer to extract the juice. This combination rejuvenates the cells of the body, detoxifies the liver and makes your skin glow.

e. Avoid oily foods: Avoid oily foods as they are not good for your skin and make your digestion sluggish. Fats in food make skin more prone to skin problems.

f. Include Protein in your Diet: Eat lean proteins such as fish, chicken, eggs whites as they are high in protein.

2 weeks before New Year eve:a. Boost your immunity: We all are prone to colds and flu around this time of year. Be sure to include vitamins C tablets of 1000mg once a day. Drink juice of amla (available at all our centers).

b. Eat home cooked food: Cooking your own food gives you the crucial control of what you eat. Eliminate all fast food and restaurant food.c. Exercise & Move: Make sure you weight train for 3 days in a week. This will help you to improve your body shape and give you more energy.

1 week before New Year eve:a. Reduce salt: Salt makes us retain water, which adds to weight and makes us look bloated. Avoid salty condiments like ketchup, barbecue sauce, and canned or processed foods prior to any big event.b. Do not skip your meals: Don’t adminthe feasting or fasting strategy. Skipping meals lead to snacking on sweets, farsan and leftover food. Eat 5-6 small meals instead of 2-3 large meals.c. Reduce alcohol intake: As it will make you puffy eyed and bloated. If you must drink take small vodka. Avoid cocktails as they add to body weight.d. Avoid stress: Stress is bad for our skin and body. It makes you want to eat sweets. Avoid being sensitive to issues and take life easy. This is the best way to avoid stress.e. Catch up on your sleep: It is essential to get good sleep at nights as often as possible to allow your body to rest and recharge.

Special Care for wintersSince the New year falls during winters you need to prepare keeping in mind the temperature drop. Make sure to keep yourself warm and drive away infections this winter with these heat generating foods:i. Snack on unsalted nuts and dry fruits like almonds, cashewnuts, raisins, walnuts and apricots. They are nutritionally dense and take longer to digest, thus keeping your appetite in check.ii. Have grilled and roasted foods that stimulate the body to produce additional heat.iii. Drink the juice of one stick of fresh haldi and one amla daily. It’s available in winters and helps protect you from infection.iv. Avoid dry skin by having sufficient water and incorporating Vitamin E and Omega3 fatty acid rich foods like nuts, fish oils and also seed.v. Always oil your hair before washing to bind the moisture within. Condition them regularly with a good conditioner.

In India, where we experience a dip in temperature for barely few months of the year, it is preferable that you enjoy the season with warming foods like warm hearty soups, hot curries, steamy broths, whole grains, roasted nuts which give you loads of physical energy and inner warmth.

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