SURVIVING THE HOLIDAY SEASON: HEALTH TIPS

The holiday season can be a challenging, and well, tempting time of year. It can be difficult to stay on track with healthy eating habits, and many people find that by the end of the season, they are tired, worn down, and maybe even a bit heavier than when they started out.

So, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 tips to survive the holiday season, created by the fabulous Diane [Registered Nutritionist]. These tips will help you stay fresh, alert and most of all, healthy!

  1. Make sure that you carry water with you at all times. During this busy season, we are often out shopping, running errands, or visiting with friends. If you don’t have water, you can often become sluggish and tired, or worse – you’ll reach for one of those sugary Christmas themed drinks. Water will help keep you refreshed, and help curb cravings.
  2. Bring your own snacks! Yes, this may seem like a pain – but it can be quite the life saver. If you have your own snacks, you’ll be less likely to reach for something on the go – this means you will be making wiser choices and your body will thank you at the end of the day. Our favourites: almonds, sunflower seeds, kale chips & fresh fruit.
  3. Do not skip a meal (and that includes breakfast). Skipping a meal will not only leave you feeling tired and imbalanced, but it was also increase your chances of eating unhealthy later in the day. It has been proven that breakfast eaters and people who do not skip meals are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, and are happier overall.
  4. Never arrive at a party hungry. Now, we all know that those little appetizers at the party are delicious. But if you arrive hungry, you’ll be eating much more than you probably intended to. Instead, have a light meal or snack prior to your events, to help you keep your appetite (and cravings) in line.
  5. Use a smaller plate and eat slowly. The smaller your plate, the less food you can pile on. Also, if you eat slowly, you will ‘fill up’ more quickly, meaning you will want less food. It’s a win-win situation!
  6. Load up on the greens! That’s right, make sure you are eating lots of veggies and salads while at your holiday events. By filling yourself up with these good foods first, you’ll still have room to sample some of the other treats later, without going overboard.
  7. Pick and choose. This means, don’t deprive yourself! You deserve to have a little fun. So decide what your fun will be before starting the night. Will it be some wine, or maybe a slice of cake? If you set these goals at the start of the night, you’ll be less likely to indulge. Besides, we believe in the 80/20 rule – 80% of what you eat should be good, healthy and wholesome. The other 20% is your fun food – so go on, live on the wild side!
  8. Always remember, you do not have to finish your plate. This preset notion that we have is ridiculous, and you’d be better off forgetting it. If you’re no longer hungry, do not feel obligated to keep eating!
  9. Learn the secrets of food combining. Certain foods, when eaten together can actually cause weight gain and discomfort. So instead, try to eat veggies & protein/meat, OR choose veggies & starches (bread, pasta, etc.). But don’t eat them all together!
  10. Make a plan for the season, and set realistic goals. Promise to stick to it, and at the end of the day, you will feel much better and proud for making it through.

Remember, surviving the holidays isn’t about deprivation. It’s about balance, and making smart choices. So cheers to a fabulous holiday season! 

* Check out Healthy You Naturally for more fabulous health tips, articles and information from Diane!

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

It’s the holiday season, and we want to share a little Christmas love. So, help us reach 100 followers on either Facebook or twitter, and one of our lucky followers will receive a fabulous stocking stuffer (as featured in our 12 DAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS: STOCKING STUFFERS posts). So far, up for grabs could be: a Missoni stuffed elephant, a Christian Lacroix notebook or perhaps a Tocca fragrance rollerball? Like us or follow us for your chance to win one of these amazing gifts!

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Draw will be held: Dec 24 at 5pm EST. 

12 DAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS: STOCKING STUFFER #9

This next stocking stuffer is perfect for anyone on your Christmas list. This Missoni stuffed elephant or bear is not only perfectly adorable, but the proceeds are also donated to OrphanAid Africa. We love both that this little guy is not only gorgeous, but charitable!

DAY 9 – Missoni Stuffed Animal [ $50.00 ] – in stores only

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12 DAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS: STOCKING STUFFER #8

This little stocking stuffer is truly quite the catch. The Dannijo ‘umbilical’ bracelet is colourful and eye-catching, and is sure to be a conversation piece. This easy to wear item can be worn with literally any outfit (though we prefer it paired with all black) and at under $100, it’s quite the steal!

DAY 8 – Dannijo Bracelet [ $98.00 ]

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DEAR SANTA [The Covet List]

One of the things we do a lot here at BOXNOIRE is to covet deliciously luxurious items that may be slightly out of budget, for the moment at least. In keeping with the holiday spirit, we’ve created our covet list for this month, appropriately addressed to the jolly old man himself. So here it is Santa, all the things on our wish list this year.

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1. Emilio Pucci Leather Leggings 

2. Alexander McQueen Mink Fur Scarf

3. Cartier Love Bracelet

4. Celine Mini Luggage 

5. Charlotte Olympia Booties

6. Helmut Lang Shearling Wrap Coat

7. Yves Saint Laurent Leather Shopper 

12 DAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS: STOCKING STUFFER #7

Stocking Stuffer #7 is just another one of our favorites. Sephora by O.P.I.’s Tinsel Town collection features 16 of the best selling shades. Unlike a typical holiday collection, this set has basics and trend colors so that you can be manicure ready at a moments notice! xx

DAY 7 – Nail Polish Set [ $39.00 ]

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12 DAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS: STOCKING STUFFER #6

Our next stocking stuffer is amazing, and we’re really hoping that it will show up in our stockings come Christmas morning! The Tocca rollerball is a fantastic gift for the girl-on-the-go. We recommend their ‘Colette’ fragrance, which is inspired by the French novelist and libertine by the same name. This fragrance is hopelessly romantic, and undeniably feminine. It is both warm and sweet, and will have any woman feeling irresistible.

DAY 6 – Colette Tocca Rollerball [ $20.00 ]

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12 DAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS: STOCKING STUFFER #5

We already adore the Chanel lipstick line, but when we discovered their shade, Rouge Noir, we absolutely swooned. This is a sultry, sexy shade that screams statement. Perfect for date night, or a night out with the girls – this will put you in touch with your inner vixen.

DAY 5  Chanel Lipstick in Rouge Noir [ $34.00 ]

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12 DAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS: STOCKING STUFFER #4

We are head over heels in love with this next stocking stuffer. I mean, how could we not love stationary inspired by one of our favourite designers, Christian Lacroix. These notebooks come in a variety of sizes and patterns, inspired by this fabulous French designer. It is a perfect way to record your thoughts, musings, inspirations and observations.

DAY 4 Lacroix Notebook [ $16.00 ]

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12 DAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS: STOCKING STUFFER #3

We are absolutely dying for this next stocking stuffer. Lana Del Rey’s CD, titled ‘Born to Die’ is our go-to for any social event or mood. It is a sexy, sultry throwback to old Hollywood, combined with a rough, unexpected edge that makes it irresistible. We absolutely adore Lana and all she stands for. This gift is a no-brainer.

DAY 3  – Lana Del Rey CD [ $10.00 ]

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