I hope all of you are enjoying your holidays! It's been so quiet on the blog and on Instagram lately because my time and energy have been focused on packing up our house and getting ready for our big move in January. It's been a little crazy with finding out that we have to move right before the holidays. My mental state to say the least has been up and down like a roller coaster and my mind has been like "BRING ON THE HOLIDAY DIET!" But as the holidays and this year are coming to an end, it's time to get back on track to head into 2018 strong.
Everyone gets off track during the holidays. Gatherings, company parties, once a year desserts and treats, and even the colder weather can make it easy to get off the healthy train even for a few days. Here are a few things you can do to help you recover from the "holiday diet".
HOW TO RECOVER FROM
THE HOLIDAY DIET
#1 STOP WORRYING
I know that this one is easier said than done, but just RELAX! You are human, I am human. WE ARE HUMAN. Stressing over a few days of indulging is counterproductive and if you've been relatively consistent with your commitments to your healthy lifestyle than a few days won't change much. However, if you allow yourself to continuously focus on any poor choices you've made during these past few weeks then it only cultivates a toxic mindset that in time will get in the way of any decisions you make to move past it. Acknowledge that you indulged in some cookies, wine, and champagne, and simply move on.
Affirmation: I can only go forward, I refuse to dwell on the past.
I choose health and healing over punishing myself.
Swap that extra glass of wine or champagne for some extra water! Most of the foods you binged on during the holidays are often filled with lots sodium. Excess sodium can cause one to look bloated, retain water, and hold on to any toxins in the body. To get rid of it, drink water and lots of it.
#3 CATCH UP ON SLEEP
The holidays can be a demanding time of the year for everyone. Not only does your day to day schedule remains the same, but you also have to fit in social gatherings, family parties, shopping, and time to exercise! During this time of the year our parasympathetic system, also known as the rest and digest system, is kicked into overdrive working harder to keep up with the demands of holiday life. Catching up on some much-needed rest will give this important system a chance to work with less stress.
Affirmation: I can return to my breath, just breath and be okay. There is only this moment.
# 4 GET BACK TO NORMAL
Get back to your routine as quickly as possible. I know it's easy to fall into a trap of trying something drastic for "damage control", but there's no need. Going from overindulging to undereating is NOT THE WAY to go. This can cause negative effects on both your physical health and mental health. Our internal systems crave routine, especially our gut (aka digestive systems). The best way to reset our bodies is to simply get back into our regularly scheduled programming.
Affirmation: My body can do awesome things!
# 5 GET HELP FROM FRIENDS
Talking about how you feel about your "Holiday Diet" is so helpful. If you begin to feel any guilt or shame around your poor eating choices during the holidays acknowledging them with someone you can confide in can be a powerful tool. It helps to be able to process some of the emotions with someone who can help you see the big picture. If that's a challenge for you, find a community committed to helping you realign your goals. Last year, I signed for barre3's #B3ALLIN January challenge and I'm doing it again in 2018. I was so excited to get my email the other day which read the words, "... we'll build inner resilience, body wisdom, and true strength, together."
Recovering from the "Holiday Diet" is all about cultivating self-awareness and building body wisdom. Self-awareness in understanding that this is the time of the year to enjoy a little indulgence and lots of love with friends. And building the body wisdom needed to get back on track with grace, self-love, and strength.
Affirmation: People are glad to support me. I deserve to be supported.