Now that the holidays are over, even the most disciplined of us are probably feeling a bit bloated and sluggish. Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean never enjoying treats, it simply means enjoying them in moderation, and in line with your goals. If you are feeling bogged down from all of the holiday eating, follow these three easy steps to regain your energy, and get back on track with your goals.
- Drink Water – As soon as you wake up each morning, drink a glass of water. This will help get everything in your digestive system moving, which is helpful in clearing out some of those extras from the holidays. Be sure to continue drinking water, and caffeine free tea throughout the day. Staying hydrated will help you fight off those post-holiday sugar cravings, as well as keep you from feeling hunger before you are actually hungry.
- Eat More Veggies – Instead of focusing on food you “can’t have” now that the holidays are over and you want to get back on track, add in healthy food that you love. Fill your plate with veggies then add in healthy fats and protein to feel full and rejuvenated. With veggies you get more bang for your buck. They add volume & nutrients to your meal, helping you feel full without adding all the sugar and indigestible calories that convert straight to fat. They will also keep things moving in your digestive system, also helping to clear out some of the leftovers from the holidays. Protein & fats helps keep you feeling satisfied so you are not grabbing for those sweets after your meals. They also help you feel energized, which is a welcome change from the sluggishness of holiday sugar (or alcohol) hangovers.
- Get Moving – You don’t have to go out and do some crazy intense workout! Get out for a walk if you are new to exercise. Hit one of your favorite classes at the gym, or get out for an invigorating walk. Get back to your old routine as soon as possible. The quicker you get back to it, the better you will feel. If you are ready for more structure, head over to Fitness With Kristen and join us in revolutionizing your nutrition and workouts with guidance and accountability.
There is no need to wait until the new year, or until Monday to take control of your circumstances. Start regaining your energy now!