We've all done it. We have every good intention of eating a little of this and a little of that at a major Holiday meal with friends and family, but you've been good for so long and the mashed potatoes are DELICIOUS!
Then you are sent home with a few leftovers and there is some extra alcohol as well (can't let that go to waste, might as well finish it up) and before you know it, one meal of over indulgence turns into a week long "fatty fest"
Don't fret and don't beat yourself up. Here are a few ways to get you, your mind and your body back on track and functioning like the fine tuned machine it really should be.
What to do PRIOR to a holiday event
If you are bringing a dish, bring something that you love and know that you could make a meal out of if need be. I am not all about eating beforehand because what's the fun in that? You are there to enjoy yourself and celebrate with family and friends. So celebrate! My "go to" dish is a spinach salad with dried cranberries, walnuts and a raspberry vinaigrette. It's fast, easy, is always a hit and I LOVE it. So enjoy your party, just set yourself up to win. It feels really empowering to leave the type of event that you would normally roll yourself out of, with an, "I am unstoppable!" spring in your step.
What to do AFTER an overindulgence
Get up and get out - If you've been in front of the TV, computer or handheld device for an inordinate amount of time, it's time to change your trajectory. Go for a walk or run, head to the gym (I know you feel bloated and tired...but DO IT ANYWAY!) do anything to get your blood pumping, which in turn, will change your mental state.
Stop the carb fog in its tracks - Eliminate anything that comes in a box or is the color white, immediately from your diet. Focus on protein, good fats and veggies. This will clear your head and help eliminate sugar cravings within 24 hours.
Commit to eating your last meal or snack for the evening before 8:00pm - Digesting food is a tough business for your body. The less your body has to do while you are sleeping and regenerating, the better. This also gives you a longer window between meals which gives you an opportunity to hit an imaginary reset button and start eating less food of a higher quality, which is ultimately the overall goal.
One of my secret weapons for eliminating cravings and clearing my system is Chaga. I buy it raw, in chunk form from sellers on EBay or Etsy, then use a slow cooker to turn a handful of chucks into a tea which I drink iced with a little Truvia or honey to sweeten as needed.
Remember, you are a healthy, fit person now (you must become this on the inside before results show on the outside) these are a few things that healthy, fit people do without even thinking. The objective is making this type of thinking become automatic for you. Just by reading this you've taken a step in the right direction. Now take action. Implement one or more of these strategies and share your experience with us below.
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Tis the season for flocks of well intentioned individuals to make those resolutions and head off to the gym. The classes are packed with everyone prancing around in their brand new yoga pants, cross trainers and fitbits.
Unfortunately, after a few weeks, the scene will be quite a bit different.
The excitement and newness will wear off, the crowds will dwindle, the fitbits and cross trainers will start to collect dust in a corner of a closet (This hasn't ever been you, has it?) and the clubs will air out and become much more desolate.
Discover what to do if you don't want to be one of the statistics of people, who fall by the wayside.
Find a mentor or someone who inspires you - Whether it's a trainer or someone who obviously takes his or her Health & Fitness very seriously. Someone you desire to become more like. This can be a HUGE force in your desire to stick it out when it becomes hard. The woman who was hugely instrumental in my road from "flab to fit" was a mother of 4 who had the most amazing energy...and body! She was my inspiration. I did not want to let myself down, but when the going got tough, I really didn't want to let her or the other wonderful women I took classes with down.
Get serious and connect with others who are serious too - This isn't the time or place to chat with non-serious friends about what your kids are doing in class this week or what movie you watched last night. You are there to get something accomplished. Take that seriously. Socialize away from the work out area AFTER you've worked up a sweat.
Learn how to use the equipment or what the class is all about - Listen, you will feel uncoordinated, you will mess up and you will get frustrated.
We all did!
The more time you put in, the more consistent athletes will notice and respect your efforts. You will build a new Healthy circle of friends. If you really enjoyed a class, tell the instructor at the end; look for opportunities to start conversations with people you see consistently. Just show up and do your best. You will get better, you will look better and you will feel better; you just need to get some momentum on your side.
Take a bunch of different classes and try a lot of things - You need to find out what really lights you up. In the club and out...Hiking, jogging, walking, running, yoga, swimming, kickboxing, kettlebell, crossfit etc... even if you do not consider yourself to be athletic or coordinated, just give yourself a chance. Be patient and really feel the effects the activity has on your body. The turn around that happens once you find what fires you up is nothing short of magic!
Meet people, make new friends - The bonds formed in the gym are powerful and instrumental to your success. Keep in mind that you may need to form a new circle of friends and let some of your old ones go. If the friends you have now are entertained by going our to happy hour regularly and polishing off a trough of potato skins and super nachos you will never reach your goals. Not that you can't do that every once in a while but you must make a mental shift from that type of activity being routine to a rare occurrence.
Decide to separate yourself from the group that says they want a change but aren't willing to do what it takes. Once you shift your attitude and try a few of these tips, you'll be on the way to being one of those that Makes Miracles Happen!
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