Did you indulge yourselves this holiday season? How did it feel? How did it make you feel the day after? Bloated, upset stomach? Maybe a bit lethargic? Do you still have that lingering holiday hangover? You all know where this is going. Nope, not some instant, as-seen-on-tv cure all for $9.99 + S&H but I’m also not going to chastise you. It happens, it’s the holidays. We get it.
Over at Mark’s Daily Apple, there’s an article specifically on How to Recover from Holiday Overindulgence where he lists some great suggestions. Some of the suggestions I benefited from specifically were drinking tea, relaxing the day after, including taking a leisurely afternoon nap, and taking in the fresh air and warming up under that SoCal sunshine – 80 degree weather December 26, how could you not be outside?
Aside from Mark’s list, here are a few other suggestions to get back on track:
Getting rid of the food gifts – My extended family gave us a ton of cookies, candies, and breads. But if I want to get back on track, I don’t want to have these temptations lying around my house in full view. If you feel badly about throwing them away, donate them to a church or local shelter.
De-clutter – I will sort through my presents the very next day and put away the bags, boxes, and other clutter to eliminate stress I feel when I see a mess. For me, I eat less clean when stressed (yes, I eat my emotions), so less mess = less stress = cleaner eating.
Getting back to my routine – Work, gym, eat, sleep, repeat. Don’t get me wrong, the work break is ALWAYS nice but going back to work triggers something in me that says ‘Back to your regularly scheduled program’. It means I have to prepare my food for the week again, getting back to the grocery store, and filling my fridge with meats and veggies and good clean food.
What helps get you back on track? Do you have other suggestions for those that have fallen off the wagon and need help? Share your knowledge and post your suggestions to the comments.
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