How to Jump Back On Track After Thanksgiving
It’s okay to have days of indulgence. Thanksgiving-unless you have a medical condition-isn’t a day for diets. It’s a day to be with your family and friends, sharing good food and conversation. Now that it’s the “day after” it’s time to get back on track. Here are my tips for not turning your one day of feasting into a month long overeating spree.
This time of the year always feels particularly hectic, but don’t let your schedule get in the way of your going to the gym. Working out can actually help you modify your appetite, burn up excess calories, and help ward off the holiday weight gain we’re always hearing about.
2. Go Right Back Into Your Healthy Eating
I made sure to go food shopping earlier this week for non-holiday items, and here’s why: I knew if I had no food in my fridge I would be more likely to take all the leftovers from Thanksgiving I could handle. Frankly, I don’t need Mac and Cheese and anything with the word “Au Gratin” in my house. My apartment is filled with steamed kale, fruit, almond milk, tofu, and sweet potatoes all ready to go. I took one serving of mashed spuds and cauliflower for today and a whole lot of non starchy vegetables for the weekend. If you haven’t done the same, I suggest trying to make sure your breakfast, lunch and snacks are all incredibly clean. I find that eating healthy tends to make us only want to eat more healthy and it will help you not fill up on rich stuff.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Cleanse or Detox
I’m anti-laxatives, lemon and maple syrup type detoxes because they rob the body of nutrients and can be harmful. But I’m totally pro juicing and smoothie making. A fresh pressed juice is the quickest way to receive nutrients and it’s not a bad way to reset your palette for fresher, less fat laden items.
4. Consider Skipping the Booze or Cheat Day
My cheat day is always on the weekend, but I’ll be forgoing it this week. Just like the bod needs a break after a marathon or something particularly strenuous, your stomach sometimes needs a rest. Think of this break as a time to recenter yourself and reevaluate your goals.
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