Sadly, another holiday season is coming to an end.
On the plus side, I have some post holiday health tips to help you get through it!
One of the best parts about the Holiday’s, besides spending time with loved ones of course, is the food.
Now, if you are living an overall healthy lifestyle, a few “bad meals” isn’t going to ruin your progress. However, sometimes after a big meal or two you can start to feel lethargic, bloated and just ‘blah.’
Therefore, I have put together 5 health tips to help you feel better after holiday eating:
- Hide your scale. After a big meal your body will not only be holding extra nutrients, but typically there is extra salt and alcohol involved which can force your body to hold extra water as well. This means if you weigh yourself the day after it may look like you gained 5-10 pounds over the holidays, when in reality it is likely to be mainly water retention. So, do yourself a favour and stay away from the scale. Moreover, do yourself another favour and quite measuring your progress on the scale all together.
- Hydrate. Yes, it may sound silly to tell you to hydrate after I told you that your body is likely holding extra fluids. However, the more water you drink the less water you hold, plus this will help with the bloating and lethargy. So try to get in 2L of water everyday this week.
- Eat a healthy breakfast. Ensure that you start the next day right with a health Base your meal off of fruit and protein (eggs, greek yogurt, smoothies, cottage cheese), and do your best to add in some healthy fats (nut butter, nuts, avocado, flaxseed, chia seeds) and complex carbs (whole wheat toast) as well. The fruit is especially important if your body hasn’t been quite as regular lately, if you know what I mean. Fruit and complex carbs contain fibre which will help get your digestive system moving again. Furthermore, you are more likely to make healthy choices for the rest of the day when you start with a good breakfast!
- Don’t starve yourself to make up for the extra food you may have ate. Get over it and move on. Do your best to make healthy choices throughout the day, and remind yourself that today is a new day. For more tips on making better choices, check out my Simple Nutrition Rules !
- Get moving. Don’t misinterpret this point, I am not telling you to go to the gym to work off all the food you ate out of guilt. On the contrary, typically with the holidays comes a lot of down time and relaxation, which is great. However, too much sitting is actually hard on our bodies. So we want to move to get the blood flowing throughout our bodies and loosen up any stiff muscles and joints.
The best health tip, is to just do it.
I know that is easier said than done. However, dwelling on what you ate, or drank and how many workouts you skipped is not going to change the past. Therefore, by slowly easing back in with these tips, I promise you will start to feel better in no time!
If you are currently struggling with finding balance with your fitness and health routine, I suggest my post on living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, which you can find here.
For more advice on how to have your best year yet, check out my advice for reflecting and preparing for a better year, here.