5 Tips to Bounce Back after Holiday Overeating

Tips to bounce back after overeating

It seems that no matter how well or “normal” we eat all year, we tend to slack off or relax a bit too much when the holidays roll around. Food and holidays are used interchangeably in all the holiday plans and preparations. If you’re not too careful, you can gain a lot of unwanted weight by the time January 1st rolls around.

I tend to fall into that cycle and go a little overboard with the sweets. I enjoy a decadent brownie or velvety cake. In creeps the weight and bloat from the sugar and fats and guilt from overindulging. This doesn’t mean that you’ve blown your wellness plan for the year. It just means, with a little practice, you’ll set some clear intentions that when overindulgence sets itself up, you will know what to do to bounce right back.

Here are a few tips I practice not only during the holiday season, but year ‘round.

1. Drink water/hydrate

If it’s the morning after, start your day off with a glass of warm water with lemon. Drinking water helps to stimulate your liver to flush out toxins, jump start your metabolism and you just feel better overall. Drinking water also helps your body to rehydrate after consuming lots of fatty and salty foods.

2. Eat the rainbow

Eating a salad loaded with leafy greens is a great way to bring the body back into balance after over-doing it. Vegetables and fruit are loaded with fiber and water to help get things to move along and out. My great-aunt would always say, “There is more room out than there is in”. Eating spinach, collards, kale, cruciferous veggies like cabbage, and brussels sprouts and bananas, apples and pears provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals and mood boosting energy. One of my go-to drinks is a green smoothie which is a meal but there is not chewing involved.

3. You’ve got to move it move it.

No matter how bad you feel after over eating from a big meal or several meals, going for a walk helps your body to feel refreshed. Movement helps to move toxins out of your body and helps to stimulate the colon to produce bowel movements.

4. Eat in moderation

Just because you overdid it the day before doesn’t mean you now must go on a fast from eating. Your body still needs food for energy. Choose to eat small meals throughout the day. Breakfast can be a green smoothie, a bowl of oatmeal with fruit or a healthy breakfast bar. Instead of large lunch or dinner, split the meal in half, eating some at lunch then the rest for dinner.

5. Stay positive

This may sound easier than to actually do. It’s easier to allow guilt to seep in to our thoughts, feelings and emotions after over indulging. Listen, you might have already set the intention to enjoy yourself when going to visit family and friends which included eating all that you saw and wanted. And that’s okay. You don’t have to feel bad afterwards. Create a plan that when you do over indulge you’ll know what to do immediately from that point. It’s all good. Instead of wishing I hadn’t done that, forgive yourself, release the guilt and let it all go. Reset, Refresh and Rejuvenate.

I hope these tips are helpful for you. Let me know what you’ve put into action. Whenever you have overdone it with eating, what steps have you taken to bounce back? Let me know in the comments.

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