Jumpstart a Healthier Lifestyle after the Holidays

Jumpstart a Healthier Lifestyle after the Holidays

After overeating during the holidays, revamp your menu and routine with these tips.

When the holidays roll around, eating healthy foods and maintaining a consistent exercise regimen most likely gets put on the backburner. Since we indulge ourselves — hot cocoas, candy canes, fruitcakes, puddings, stuffing, etc. — so quickly in such a short time period, a good clean start is in order. Of course, before starting anything like this, be sure to consult with your doctor!

Getting Back on Track
At holiday and New Years parties, an immense quantity of calories is ingested. Just think, a traditional “turkey dinner” can be upward of 2,000 calories — from just one meal! The large quantity of sugars and fats we eat means we need to rethink our habits and find ways to get back on track.

After a big holiday meal, try these simple activities to get through the fatigue:

  • Go for a walk with family
  • Volunteer to clean up the dishes
  • Play with the kids

Water as the Best Medicine
Jumpstart a new, healthy routine by upping your water intake. Play around with combinations of nutritious garnishes for your water to make drinking 8 glasses a day easier.

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  • Blackberry and Sage
  • Mint, lemon and basil leaves
  • Grapefruit and crushed pomegranate seeds
  • Cucumber, lime and mint

Simply slice your fruit and chop your herbs to toss into a pitcher of water that will last all day! When water tastes like a treat, it’s easier to remember to drink it. Although this isn’t a drastic change in your habits, drinking more water is a small change that can have a big impact.

Rebalancing nutrition, unlike denying yourself certain foods, is the key to getting back on track.

The diet that you need comprises healthy foods — mostly fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, you should also be disciplined when it comes to well-proportioned amounts several times a day.

For a while, forget the red meats, sweets, and fried and processed foods. Make a variety of soups (carrot, assorted vegetables, tomato, watercress or pumpkin, for example) and eat more fish and white meat (always with a little salad as a side dish). Throughout the day, replace any normal with fruit.

Physical Exercise
No matter what, you can never discount moving around more. A simple trick that is easy to achieve: walk daily at a fast pace for 30 minutes (no less), or do high-intensity interval training — which takes a shorter time, but will get you sweating even quicker!

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