As the holiday season comes to a close for another year, it is important not to focus too much on all the ways we strayed from our healthy eating goals and extra treats we indulged in. (For me it was cookies, eggnog and sparkling wine.) What's done is done.
Always remember that one day, one weekend, or even an entire holiday season can't derail your longterm goals if you don't let them. Just focus on getting back on track as quickly as you can. To help you experience your healthiest year yet, here are seven tips for getting back on track after the holidays.
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7 Tips for Getting Back on Track After the Holidays
Focus on the positive. Concentrating on the good things you want and need to do is easier than focusing on overcoming the bad things you are trying to get rid of. For example, instead of "giving up sugar" or "losing weight" focus on eating more vegetables, drinking more water, moving more, getting stronger, or reducing stress. It's a lot more effective.
Get moving. Whether it’s your favorite yoga class or an invigorating walk with a friend, set an exercise date and stick to it as if it were an appointment. And don’t think of this as “punishment” but rather an opportunity to feel energized and recharged, like you did back when you were a kid.
Up your veggies. Unfortunately, most holiday gatherings don’t result in you saying, “I went way overboard with the veggie tray last night!” That’s why it’s always a good idea to make extra vegetables the stars of your holiday recovery meals and snacks.
Meal plan & prep. Set aside some time for meal planning. Scan some recipes, make a shopping list, figure out which of your kitchen tools you’ll need and prepare at least two or three meals that you can just grab and eat for the week.
Utilize your slow cooker. The slow cooker is a great kitchen tool that has stood the test of time. It makes a lot of sense for how we live today. Just toss some healthy ingredients together, turn it on and come back hours later to a tasty healthy dinner. Making it easy to have healthy meals ready and waiting, the slow cooker/crockpot one of my secrets for staying slim.
Make sleep a priority. Restful sleep is important to you health and weight loss success. Have you ever noticed that you feel extra hungry when you are sleep deprived? Experts say that getting enough shut-eye is as important to health, well-being, and your weight as are diet and exercise.
Take time to breathe. Did you know that you lose weight by breathing? Even more importantly slow deep breathing can help counter the negative effects of stress that lead to cravings and mindless eating.
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