With temptation at every turn, the holidays may be the most difficult time of year to eat small portions and make healthy choices. Indulging during celebrations and family gatherings is perfectly normal, but continuing your holiday eating habits year-round can wreak havoc on your healthy lifestyle.
To ease yourself back into a healthier eating routine in the New Year, try implementing the following tips.
It might be tempting to go from feast to famine, but resist the urge to skip meals or dramatically cut back on calories immediately following the holidays. This can put your body into “starvation mode,” making it more difficult to lose those extra pounds.
Instead, opt for consuming smaller meals more frequently, and gradually lowering your caloric intake. This will help your metabolism adjust.
Staying hydrated is always important, but drinking more water is a simple way to get back into healthy eating habits. Drinking a glass of water before meals can help to curb your appetite, but adding an extra glass or two of water to your daily routine can help you look and feel better too. When you’re properly hydrated, your body can work more efficiently, and you’ll feel more energized.
This is another instance where it’s best not to overdo it. Going from indulging in holiday treats to cutting out carbs entirely can do more harm than good. Instead of swearing off carbs and sugar, slowly restrict your carb intake to give your system time to get used to the change. Even reducing carb intake by a small amount at first can give you noticeable results.
If you already had healthy habits in place before your holiday indulgences, you already have a good foundation. The faster you can get back into your normal routine, the better you will feel.
Even though it might be easier to sleep in or to eat leftover treats for breakfast, simple efforts can set the tone for making better and healthier choices throughout the day. Whether it’s eating a healthy breakfast, such as a smoothie or porridge, or even waking up early for a morning run, these simple efforts can help you get back into routine.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
The best thing you can do to get back on track after the holidays is to be kind to yourself. Nobody is perfect, and everyone “falls off the wagon” sometimes. The important thing is that you recognize it and try to do better moving forward.
Getting back into your healthy lifestyle after the holidays doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start with the four tips above, while shopping our selection of healthy, organic groceries at Famous Foods, and you’ll be back on track in no time.