How to Get Back on Track after the Holidays
The holidays are the perfect time to catch up with your family and friends. It also means endless trips, attending parties and entertaining friends that can leave us off our routine. If you have overdone it on the holiday weekend, here are some actionable and small adjustments you can do to get back on track:
Reset your routine
You don’t need to take drastic measures to undo the damages. Bad habits can resurface during the holidays. If you have embraced your old ways, don’t worry. You can still establish good habits and schedule consistent routine where you can integrate healthy choices and physical activities. Review your goals to curb your overindulgence. Most of us give in to temptation because we lost sight of our goals or our goals are impossible to reach. Map out your week to schedule your activities. You will be amazed at the tons of activities you can achieve by just planning out in advance.
Ditch the trash
Check your fridge for junk and ditch them. Forget about the leftover pizza and cookies and start making healthy food choices. Minimizes your carb consumption but don’t cut it out entirely. Skipping carbs can force your body to use protein to keep you up rather than supporting your muscles. Strike the right balance of eating protein and carbohydrates. Over the holidays, we have the tendency to skip meals and binge on the next party or engagement we attend. Forget this. Eat between meals to satiate your appetite. Skipping meals will only result in binging and overeating. Regulate your diet and if you overdid it, try eating lighter for your next meal.
Load on water
Forget soda and go easy on cocktails. Giving up the booze is the easy way to debloat. It will also save you extra calories and gives you the willpower to minimize binging. Hydrate yourself with water to boost your metabolism and curb your appetite. Drinking water excretes toxins and sodium to help you debloat. Whenever you think you’re hungry, try drinking a glass of water instead. If this satisfies you, then you are not hungry, just thirsty.
Get off the couch
Post holidays can be daunting. Staying psyched and working out can be challenging. However, if you find yourself losing interest in getting back on track, think of something to reward yourself. Get a massage or indulge in workout clothes to get you hype up.
Go easy on yourself
It helps that you start making yourself aware of your eating and workout habits. However, don’t beat yourself up. Don’t get stuck with the mistakes you did on the holidays. Reevaluate what you did well throughout the holidays and focus on that.
Resetting or getting back on track after binging can be hard and challenging. However, staying in bad and unhealthy habits is more dangerous. Slowly ease yourself away from this and start moving forward with an optimistic mind!