From Dr. Daryl Gioffre

So you totally fell off the wagon on your diet (this month), huh? I went a little too crazy on the pie and all the desserts recently too. The holidays are the toughest time of the year to stay on track with so much tempting food around. With that said, don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty for what you did or did not do. It’s how you quickly bounce back that will make all the difference in how you look and feel.  That’s why I’d like to share ten tips to not derail your diet so you can feel satisfied, energetic and nourished without growing a gut this holiday season.

1. It’s not about deprivation, its moderation — Being successful during the holidays is not about depriving yourself of all the foods you love! I have an 80/20 Principle, meaning that, in a day’s time, you want to eat and drink 80 percent alkaline — see the alkaline food chart here — and 20 percent (or less) acidic foods.

2. Take your time — The holidays are all about taking it slow, and that applies to the time it should take you to eat your Christmas dinner, too! Keep in mind that it takes your brain fifteen minutes to catch up with your stomach, so by the time your brain tells you you’re full, you’re already overstuffed. Digestion starts in your mouth, so take the time to taste and chew your food, and finish a full glass of water before you eat.

3. Drink extra alkaline water — About 90 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and cold weather makes the air dryer, so guzzle water like it’s a hot summer day. Water is the easiest and most powerful way to remove holiday toxins and acids, so you should aim to drink 3-4 liters of alkaline water per day. Bonus points: unbottled, filtered water at room temperature with a lemon, lime, or pinch of AlkaMind Daily Minerals is best to alkalize your water and help your body neutralize all that acid leftover from the holidays.

4. Load up on juices and smoothies — Going back to the 80/20 Principle, balancing out more acidic meals with alkaline-friendly smoothies and juices is a great way to keep your body’s pH level regulated. Start your day with a drink full of greens, berries, a healthy fat like chia seeds or coconut oil and almond milk. Use my Ultimate Smoothie Formula to make a great tasting alkaline superfood smoothie.

5. Be the healthy potluck goer — The party you’re going to is most likely already going to be filled with acidic “cheat foods” and, since you’re bringing something anyway, why not be the supplier of a hearty, colorful salad, sautéed kale and quinoa or a quick-to-make chia pudding for dessert.

6. Always be prepared when hunger hits — There’s a saying I love – Fail to prepare and prepare to fail!  At home, at the office, while you’re traveling, shopping or running errands, if you are not prepared with some healthy alkaline snacks, well…you know what happens. Always keep some raw almond butter, celery and carrot sticks, avocado slices, hummus, nuts, healthy trail mix, roasted chickpeas or these alkaline super power treats on hand.

7. Exercise daily — Even if it’s not a full workout every single day (I know you want to relax on your holiday vacation), just squeeze in a little bit of physical activity to move all the dietary and metabolic acids out of your body faster. Exercise helps relieve constipation, gives you energy, and sweats the acids and toxins out faster through you body’s largest organ, the skin.

8. De-stress — I think that most would agree that as fun as the holidays can be, they can also be stressful! The acid that stress causes in your body outweighs a million times to one any effect that food or drinks can cause. Stress is literally poison to the brain and body, and this time of year is full of it. Meditation is one surefire way to train your brain to worry less and clear your mind.

9. Breathe deeply daily — Did you know that 70 percent of the acids and toxins inside of your body are removed through your lungs? Short, rapid breaths trap in the most significant acid in our body: carbon dioxide gas. Breathing deeply can lower blood pressure, slow the heartbeat, energize and remove your stress, and most importantly, change your pH within just one to three minutes.

10. Take Daily Greens and Daily Minerals — If you’re not getting enough exercise, feeling overly stressed and not eating as well as you normally do (which is often the case during the holidays), you’ve got a triple threat to your health and wellbeing. It’s more important now than ever to supplement with minerals and greens to help you get off your acid when your body needs it most. By taking AlkaMind Daily Greens every morning and AlkaMind Daily Minerals every night, your body doesn’t have to deplete its own resources to maintain its healthy blood pH of 7.365.

Read Dr. Daryl Gioffre’s full guide to the Alkaline diet or check out these easy swaps when following the alkaline plan.