Get your health back on track after a Christmas break
We’ve all had a few days enjoying maybe a little too much food and alcohol over the festive period. It is absolutely fine to have a couple of days like this, especially around Christmas, but it can be hard to get things back on track sometimes.
Maybe you only meant to let yourself go on Christmas day, and it rolled over into the new year, completely understandable, and you’re not the only one!
Remember, taking time off from your usual diet plan doesn’t mean you have to lose all the hard work you put in before that.
Here’s how to snap yourself back into shape after Christmas
1. Don't keep putting it off
It may seem simple, but the first step to getting your health kick back on track is by starting…now!
So many people try to put it off till Monday, or the next week, or even a month, but the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to start it.
2. Get rid of temptation
Out of sight, out of mind! There’s always plenty of selection box’s, booze and Christmas dinner trimmings lying about the house. So, why not give your food and alcohol gifts to someone that will benefit more than you, such as food banks.
3. Don't skip your meals!
Eating little and often will help reduce feeling hungry. In addition, it keeps your sugar levels consistent, which will help prevent craving sugary foods.
4. Be prepared
Being prepared is a key ingredient to success in any walk of life, so why not organise your food and get back on track. Batch cooking delicious healthy meals on a Sunday evening is a great way to start your week. That way, you can have food prepared for work and when you get home, meaning so much time and temptation saved!
5. Don't get down in dumps, be happy it is a fresh start
Over the Christmas period, after indulging in high in fat and sugar foods, we can be left feeling down in the dumps and being harsh on ourselves. However, two weeks ago, we were in high spirits celebrating Christmas, lots of parties, eating out and having no routine. Then, suddenly, January is here, and we are back to normal. But let’s be positive by setting new goals, and let’s look forward and start today. You have to think, how will I feel next month if I start my healthy lifestyle today.
6. Let's get moving!
A combination of eating healthy and daily exercise can definitely shift the pounds. But it can also make you feel fantastic! “Regular exercise can positively impact serotonin levels in your brain. Raising your levels of serotonin boosts your mood and overall sense of well-being”. – Healthline. Therefore exercise can have a massive impact on your mental health and motivate you to eat healthily.
7. Say hello to dry January
Yes, Christmas is a period where we consume a lot of alcohol. So, let’s cut it out this month and start the year fresh! Most alcoholic beverages are high in calories and can increase appetite. So for this month, let’s say bye to the wine and Hello to fresh water, which can also help you lose weight!
So are you ready to start a fantastic healthy year full of positivity and happiness! Stop with the ‘I’ll start tomorrow or next Monday’. Let’s start today and see how much better you will feel this time next week. A healthy life is a happy life, and we can’t wait for you to see and feel the benefits. So, happy January, to new beginnings and here’s to you being healthier and happier.