Feeling stuffed like a turkey after an indulgent Thanksgiving, or long weekend of snacking on leftovers? Don’t let yourself fall into bad habits that leave you eating pumpkin pie for breakfast and falling victim to the candy dish at work.
Get yourself back on track for a healthy holiday season with these 3 tips.
- Drop the guilt…
Thanksgiving is one day of the entire year.
Now that you’ve enjoyed yourself don’t feel guilty about it. It’s done and over with so nothing can change it now. Instead, shift your focus on returning to a healthy lifestyle and realize that one day (or even 3) is not going to ruin your diet.
- Restock your kitchen with healthy foods.
Head to the grocery store and stock up on your usual healthy staples. Make sure you are including vegetables or fruit with each meal and snack. Re-purpose leftovers into healthy meals, like topping a salad with leftover turkey or enjoy smaller amounts of rich foods like mashed potatoes and stuffing with a big helping of vegetables. Try to make half your meal vegetables, 1/4 starch and 1/4 protein. If having unhealthy leftovers around are just too tempting, get rid of them.
A lot of Thanksgiving foods are high in sodium which may be causing you to feel bloated, tired, and/or sluggish. Drinking lots of water or tea is a great way to flush out the sodium and help you feel lighter after the holiday. Avoid doing “detox” teas or juices as these are unnecessary and can work as laxatives leaving you even more dehydrate. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of fluid (mostly water) each day. For example, if you weight 150lbs, your goal should be 75oz daily.