Getting Back On Track After The Holidays
The holidays are a time for celebration. It's also a time to indulge in all of the delicious food and drink that we've been waiting all year long to enjoy!
The holidays can be hard on your body though... specifically, how you feel, how your clothes fit and your mental state.
Luckily, a short slip doesn't set the tone for years ahead, so in this blog, I'll give you some tips on how to get back in the heathy lifestyle mindset after the holidays.
Post-Holiday Rebound Tips
#1 Calm Down!
Holidays have the ability to relax the body and mind so much that we become overly indulged in consumable goods.
Don't let that translate into your day-to-day eating habits, though!
Get back on track with your nutrition and focus on:
High Quality Proteins
Whole grains and root crops
Eat just enough to feel properly satiated and avoid binging and overeating.
#2 Use That Energy
Once you're back on track with a consistent meal plan, you should also consider putting the nutrients from that food to work!
Get more active, lift some weights, run some miles, stretch and mobilize!
Eating good food and spending time being active is an investment in your body composition and overall health.
#3 Increase Protein & Quality Fat
You have to feel satiated in order to avoid overeating (this is why crash dieting never works).
To be satiated, consider adding quality protein and fats from animal products, or, if you are plant-based, a combination of legumes, avocados, oils and other plant sources of protein.
These are the most satiating nutrients, so don't overlook them!
#4 Focus On The Long Term
One of the most important factors is to remember that a little slip during the holidays won't have a big impact on long-term progress if you don't let it. This means.... Don't completely derail and give up! Get rid of the guilt from your mind and focus on the important things for your health, longevity and quality of life - Exercising well, eating well and sleeping well.
#5 Stay Disciplined
Focusing on the long-term, bigger picture of your physical development, you may come to realize that motivation is short-lived. Discipline is what takes over when motivation wanes. This is a developed skill... it doesn't come naturally.
Especially after the holidays are over, people start setting goals like "new years resolutions".
Those are generally accompanied by a spike of motivation that doesn't really last long.
Instead of seeking motivation to do what you have to do, develop discipline and accept that fitness/health is about establishing a consistent set of body-nurturing habits AND sticking to it even when you don't want to.
The holidays are over and it’s time to get back on track with feeling good!
You can do this by making small changes, consistently over time. This may look like following a specific meal plan for your needs, making a commitment to walking a couple miles every day, or hiring a professional to help you (and give you the accountability that you need).
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