You ate too many mince pies and drank too much champagne on Christmas Day. I hear you – we all did. And that’s ok. But don’t let a couple of days of binge big eating cause you to lose sight of your overall health goals. Here are the best ways to get back on track post-food fest:
Your poor digestive system is groaning under the weight of all that food and booze. Keep your body hydrated as much as you can. Guzzle water upon waking, and keep it up throughout the day. Not only will you be grateful for the hydration, but the water will keep your stomach full, meaning you won’t feel the need to keep eating.
You don’t need to go and run a marathon, but it is a good idea to get your body back up and moving again after a few big meals. Go for a long walk, do some yoga poses or rug up and go for a quick, brisk jog. Exercise will get the blood flowing again and also work as an appetite suppressant.
Give away your remaining holiday foods that tempt you every time you open the fridge. It is time to get back to healthy eating.
Do a grocery shop and stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables and try to prepare as many meals as you can at home.
When you do eat, focus on lighter options for your meals and snacks post party binge. Salads, soups and smoothies work well now. Get back to basics with eating by choosing natural, whole foods instead of holiday fare and pack as many greens as you can into your body.
Refocus on your goals
Just because you had a few messy days of eating doesn’t mean you are off track for good. It is ok to indulge over the Christmas period. Remind yourself of this, however it is now time to refocus on what you really want from your health, whether that is to lose weight, get fitter and tone up, deal with cravings or kick sugar.
Don’t wait until 2014 to forge ahead with your health goals. Start at your next meal and continue your healthy eating from there. Enjoy yourself at this time of year and remember what is important to you. Happy holidays!