T-Tapp Holiday Tips: Eat, Cheat and Get Away With It!
Worried about your annual holiday office party this year? Here are some tips to help you eat, cheat and still feel good about yourself the next morning. If you are worried that you're going to indulge during a holiday party or family gathering, just prepare yourself. Before going out, try to consume some raw almonds and eat a small balanced meal containing protein, carbs and fat. Just skip the pasta/Man-made carbs and have a meat/vegetable meal instead. Then while you're at the party, try to consume a variety of foods from all categories: protein, carbs and fat. For example, your body will process bread better if it is buttered or dipped in olive oil. Go ahead and have some cheese with your crackers, enjoy the sweets, but remember to munch on nuts (even roasted ones) throughout the evening. By eating in a balanced manner your body won't go into "carb overload"... but if you don't mix carbs with protein and fat, your pancreas will excrete excess insulin and once your body's glucose levels are full, your body will start converting all carbs to fat (even fat free carbs)! This is why I always pack some raw almonds in my purse along with some extra alfalfa capsules whenever I go to a social function. Personally, I try to consume raw almonds and two capsules of Premium Blended Alfalfa every 2 to 3 hours on days that I'm attending a holiday party. In addition to keeping my glucose levels balanced, this combination is so effective because the raw almonds and Premium Blended Alfalfa are alkaline. Alkaline foods help offset the biochemical acids created by white flour, sugar and alcohol. In fact, I never drink alcohol without consuming protein and fat first! If not, the alcohol will overload my body with excess glucose and create insulin problems as well as weight gain. My favorites are Greek olives, a wedge of Parmesan cheese, hummus, or dark chocolate with almonds.
Relax... let it drain
We just go, go, go! Due to the fact that the majority of us lead stressful lives, especially during the holiday season, we tend to not take care of ourselves, as we should. So... don't forget to take some private time to tune in to you! Brush that body, take a sea salt bath and pamper your face with a facial. Put on some holiday music and sing. Music is a powerful tool to uplift, relax or reflect. Don't stress about exercise either! Remember, T-Tapp isn't just a workout; it's techniques to maximize muscle movement throughout the day. Just apply KLT (knee to little toe) and NBT (no big toe) while walking, standing in line or shoveling snow! Always push the grocery cart (or snow blower) with palms up to activate upper back muscles. Always keep shoulders back and tuck butt until you feel your tummy tighten throughout the day, even while sitting! Try to do 4 shoulder rolls, 4 times a day with palms forward and thumbs back. Don't forget a set of Hoe Downs here and there to offset excess carb consumption. Then finish the day with some reach/pulls as featured in the “Back Pain Article” (www.t-tapp.com/articles/backpain/) along with Primary Back Stretch. In fact, during the holidays I usually take a break and only do Basic Workout Plus 2 or 3 times a week. It's amazing how effective this little 15-minute workout is! However, I never start a day without doing Primary Back Stretch combined with CRT brushing to kick-start my metabolism and maintain better spinal alignment for less pain. So enjoy family, friends and food. 'Tis the season to be happy and thankful. T-Tapp allows flexibility without guilt. Then whenever you're ready, a good old 4-day Bootcamp followed by an every other day schedule for 2 weeks will offset any holiday inches. That's the beauty of T-Tapp... it really is The Workout That Works!
Best wishes to all!