The holiday season is a special time to spend with family and friends. There are lots of gatherings, parties, and of course, plenty of food. It seems everywhere you turn, there are treats to indulge in. While this can be a fun and delicious time of year, it can also mean you gain some weight and get out of your healthy eating pattern. Once the new year hits, you may feel overwhelmed about eating healthy again. Here are our top three tips to help you get back on track after the holidays.
1. Drop the Sugar
You probably ate way more sugar in the past month than you do during the rest of the year. With all of the chocolate, candies, cakes, pies, and cookies available around the holidays, it is almost impossible not to indulge! And while a few treats are fine it’s important to keep your sugar intake low. High blood sugar can lead to serious consequences like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, your first step in getting back on track is dropping the sugar. For some people, it is easiest to go cold turkey. For others, you may need to step down slowly and only eat a small treat every day as your body gets used to its lack of sugar. Fight through the cravings with fresh fruit and some squares of dark chocolate. Eventually, your body will reset and you won’t be looking for your midafternoon cookie anymore.
2. Add in the Veggies
Chances are high that you didn’t eat a lot of fresh produce during the holidays. Most traditional meals are full of canned foods that have a lot of sodium. It’s time to fuel your body with healthy ingredients. Choose whole, unprocessed foods and eat plenty of them! Stock up on salad greens, make your own veggie tray, and check out some new recipes for side dishes. You can control the ingredients when you eat at home, so stick to your own kitchen and eat lots of healthy veggies.
3. Drink Lots of Water
As mentioned above, you probably have eaten a lot of sodium this past month and may be feeling bloated and sluggish. Drinking lots of water will help get rid of any water you may be retaining so you will feel better and fit back into your favorite pair of pants! Set a goal for at least 64 ounces per day. You can buy a special water bottle, use an app on your phone, or keep track of you water intake with a notebook. Water will also help you feel fuller so you’ll be less tempted to eat unhealthy food.
Getting back on track after the holidays is always difficult. It can be hard to turn away from sugar, processed foods, and eggnog. However, making healthy choices is key to living a long, happy life. Remember that your indulgences are over and now is the time to make healthy choices. You’ll feel better and probably look better too! Give it a few weeks and you’ll be able to easily make healthy choices again.