"Make wellness a part of your holidays!"
We can say it till we're blue in the face, but we all know there will likely come a time when, no matter how well prepared you are, you'll be tempted.
Tempted to eat or drink something you really shouldn't, or something in quantities you shouldn't—or worse, both.
If you're losing sight of your weight-loss motivation at a party or seasonal event, just try this trick. Overcome your temptation by switching motivations at the last second.
Simply allow yourself to hear your inner loveliness scream, "Think of your skin!"
The Worst Things You Can Eat or Drink For Your Skin
Can you guess what they are?
This list of culprits also reads as a litany of things to avoid, in general.
Sugar. Too much sugar (and that is really a very tiny amount) can break down elastin and collagen, making skin look dull immediately and causing wrinkles over time.
Coffee. It's the caffeine in your cup—a diuretic that shrinks the water content in the body's cells, that morning pick-me-up causes any wrinkles and fine lines to appear more pronounced. But you don't have to give it up. Just balance out that java intake with a glass of water. Besides, coffee in moderate amounts has health benefits and is great after a workout.
Alcohol. Alcohol is also a diuretic that dehydrates the body. It also inhibits the production of vitamin A, critical for cell renewal, and without it the skin can appear gray and dull. Imbibing can also worsen pre-existing conditions like rosacea by temporarily swelling capillaries in the face—over time this can become permanent.
Dairy. The jury's still out on this one, but just to be sure, buy strictly organic and read the label for any added sugars in your yogurt and lattes and strictly avoid them.
Salt. Some of us crave it more than sugary things. But salt is very dehydrating and that can wreak havoc on our skin. Dermatologists recommend doing away with it completely, and when giving bad things up it's a good place to start.
Chocolate. Milk chocolate is really all about the sugar. Dark chocolate on the other hand, has a lot less sugar and is pretty good for you, too—in those tiny amounts.
Bottled water. Like the hormones fed to dairy cows, the BPA in single-use plastic water bottles is a steroid analogue that can cause some people to break out.
High-GI Foods. In certain quantities (anything over very small ones) the sugars that the liver can't process get stored in collagen cells, which weakened may be eliminated by the body in its detox efforts. For youthful skin at any age, hang onto your collagen cells.
"White processed foods" (think flour, not cauliflower) may be a helpful way to remember them, but many foods high on the Glycemic Index, or GI, aren't necessarily white, according to diabetes.org: White bread or bagels, corn flakes, puffed rice, bran flakes, instant oatmeal, shortgrain white rice, rice pasta, macaroni and cheese mixes, russet potato, pretzels, rice cakes, popcorn, saltine crackers, pumpkin, melon, and pineapple, to list a few.
They caution that quantity, or portion size, regardless of their GI score is a critical consideration: "The GI value represents the type of carbohydrate in a food but says nothing about the amount of carbohydrate typically eaten. Portion sizes are still relevant for managing blood glucose and for losing or maintaining weight."
At this time of year more than most, when it comes to weight loss, try to change your mindset from one of "doing without," or restricting yourself, to one of self-care—and know that you'll feel and look even more fantastic tomorrow.
...and throughout this lovely season of joy, love and hope—and yes, often a little overindulgence—simply remember your perfect portions portions and you can't go wrong!