We have all been there before – holidays, vacations, and parties add up and before we know it, we have had too many sweets, rich foods or cocktails. Celebrating with family and friends is always good but there comes a time when we need to return to our healthy routine. These are three strategies that I use when I need to get back on track. It is also how I like to start my Mondays.
1. Go Green! Start your morning with a Green Smoothie – to give your body a jolt of power nutrients that is easy to digest for optimal energy. Keep your meals light, vegetarian and stay away from sugar, wheat and dairy. You are basically going through a one-day detox.
2. Do some interval training – It’s quick and the most effective way to burn calories throughout the day.
3. Keep healthy snacks on hand – Send leftover bunny cake to the elderly neighbor next door and get those tempting snack foods out of the house. Instead, keep healthy choices like bananas, apples, carrots, eggs, and mixed greens around. For example: a simple satisfying lunch or dinner would be my Power Egg Muffins with a mixed green salad.
The important thing is that you enjoy the celebrations, complete with food and loved ones. It’s not the time to stress out about what you are eating. What has worked for me is to allow myself a few indulgences every now and then. The key is being consistent by sticking to the healthy eating and living plan 80-90% of the time. It will keep you healthy and not a slave to medications – that’s the ticket! Now when I go out for a special dinner, I can eat whatever I want without the guilt. Bring on the cheese cake, please 🙂
Too much indulging? Time to hit the reset button?