6 Ways to Bounce Back from Holiday Food Overload

January 3rd, 2017 by

Getting fit, healthy, and losing weight tops nearly everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. However, while many of us start out strong during the first week of January, our resolve frequently falls apart around the second week of January or if we’re lucky, during the third week. With these six tips, you can bounce back from the gluttony of holiday food and feel better about your health.

Narrow Your Focus to Achieve Your Health Goals

The best way to achieve your health goals is to be as specific as possible. For instance, do you want to incorporate more exercise into your day? Visualize yourself walking for forty minutes a day. If you have a day planner or a calendar, write it down. Remember, these goals should be manageable and you should not try to pressure yourself or feel guilty if it’s not completed as fast as you would like. It’s best to plan for one week increments.

Utilize Your Social Network to Stay Accountable to Your Goals

You should also make sure to share your aspirations with your family and friends. Share your resolution on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. With the support and encouragement of others, you will be likelier to achieve your goals. Your online network will also make sure that you stay accountable and serve as motivation for the days when you’re feeling low. By sharing your resolutions, you might find a workout buddy to exercise alongside you. Through social media, you’ll also have access to online groups that have like-minded people.

Adjust Your Food Routine with Balanced Options

Do you find yourself frequently skipping breakfast and then overeating at dinner? Resolve to stop. For breakfast, start with a big glass of water and afterward, enjoy a cup of oatmeal, a probiotic yogurt, or a green juice. Do your best to eat clean, balanced foods all day long. If you don’t have time for lunch, take some time to pick up a snack. Always keep foods such as fresh or dried fruit and nuts on hand. When you make dinner, make an additional portion so you can bring it to work with you to eat the next day. Our quick and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be located here and here.

Think About Your Meal Plan and Consider Healthier Alternatives

After you’ve banished any fattening and unhealthy foods from your household, try sensible food swaps and new recipes. Incorporate seasonal produce into your meals as well as brightly colored and dark green vegetables and fruits. Cut back on sugar and salt in your meals. Choose whole grain alternatives when and where you can. As a result, both you and your family will eat healthier on a daily basis. Our tips to transition into a more nutritious lifestyle can be located on our blog. During this adjustment period, it can be hard to create meal plans for picky eaters so additional tips on how to cook for them can be found here.

Don’t Deprive Yourself

Enjoy a diet that’s sustainable. This means not berating yourself for the occasional lapse in willpower. If you have one drink or enjoy a sweet treat during dinner, forgive yourself and then re-commit to your goal.

Establish a Reward System

Finally, some goals can take a long time to achieve, so make sure to reward yourself with small treats along the way.

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