Feeling a little puffy after the holidays? If you are anything like me, you probably splurged just a tad. Now it’s time to get back to reality and clean up our diet. While I think splurging is OK in moderation it does make getting back on track a little harder. Consuming more sugar, salt, caffeine and alcohol than your body is normally used to causes a spike in your blood sugar, which results in intense cravings, bloating and fatigue. So, while I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, here are a few tips to get you back on track!
1. You need to flush and re-hydrate your body. Start to wean yourself off of the “bad” foods and make sure you drink plenty of water.
2. Make a realistic New Years resolution to improve your health. Whether you cut back on your soda intake or you want to incorporate more veggies into your diet. Make one, or several, small goals that will help you reach a larger, broader goal that you can stick with for the entire year.
3. Get back to a regular exercise program. Chose an activity you will stick with – one you enjoy and look forward to each week. Make sure you switch things up so you don’t get bored and you are continuously shocking your muscles.
4. If you exceeded your weekly allotment of alcohol the last few weeks, now is the time to cut back. You splurged then, now it is time to save those calories. Skip the glass of wine or beer with dinner the next two weeks and drink a cup of water or tea instead.
5. Cut back on the salt, a major source of bloating. Salt causes the body to retain water, which gives you that puffy, full feeling. By cutting back on salt and drinking more water you will restore your body’s sodium balance, flush your system and return to a more regular digestion pattern.