Reset After the Holidays
- Alexandra Prabaharan
- January 16, 2018
The holidays are a time where we let go and give in to all our cravings. This is when we're not watching our daily intake too closely and this is exactly how the holidays should be -- that is, if you have a plan on how to reset once the holidays are over. Here are three tips to help you get back on track once the feasting and merrymaking is over.
Give smoothies a go
Start your mornings off with a power smoothie that is filled with nutrients and energy boosting ingredients. This is a simple way to ensure you’re starting the day off right with food that will fuel you instead of sap your energy. Use surprising ingredients such as spinach/kale, soft tofu, peanut butter, yogurt, avocado, oats, cucumber, virgin coconut oil, wheatgrass powder, or even gelatin and balance it out with fruits such as banana, pineapple, papaya for the touch of sweetness. Remember to keep the fruit to a minimum and pack in more of those fiber packed veggies. For the liquid you can’t go wrong with options such as water, coconut water, nut milks or even regular milk (just opt for the low fat variety).
Add a veg to each meal
Vegetables boost our fiber intake and this is an important component when it comes to getting rid of fat and toxins from your body. For breakfast, if you’ve put some veggies in your smoothie you’re already set for one of the meals. Ensure that for lunch and dinner you choose a majority of veggie options and if you can skip meat for one of those meals even better. If you have the chance go for raw veggies and if it’s cooked try to have it simply steamed or lightly sautéed with garlic rather than going for a sauce laden variety. A lot of our calories are hidden in our sauces.
Boost your water consumption
Oftentimes when we think we’re hungry we’re actually thirsty. Our brain can confuse the two, which is what sometimes leads to overeating. We need a lot of water to function optimally and if we’re not getting the right amount it can lead to feelings of lethargy. The next time you think you’re hungry, sip a tall glass of water first and see if you still want a snack after that. Most times you’ll probably feel satisfied just with that glass of water. Not to mention your body will thank you for flushing out the system.