Happy New Year loves! On the first day of the year, I decided to share with you my top 10 tips to get back on track after the holidays. If you want to slay 2018 why not just start from the very first day, right?
- Don’t beat yourself up – Holidays are a time to enjoy with your family and friends and if that means having that second piece of cake then be it. Don’t stress about it and just start fresh! There is no need to waste your time beating yourself up for something you no longer have the power to change. Instead, try to focus on the things that you can change – your next meal for example!
- Come up with a plan and stick to it – Take a piece of paper and write your goals down. No matter if you want to lose some fat or just want to be healthy overall, it is very important to write it down and then come up with a game plan. Take a look at your daily/weekly schedule and see where you can fit your workout and meal prep (see point 6) for example.
- Clear your kitchen – I get it, we all have chocolates and cakes in our house leftover from the holidays. But it is time to throw the crap out and stock up on colorful and nutritious food. If you want to make healthy food choices, make sure there is nothing tempting you lying around the house (yes, I am talking about you cookies on the top shelf!).
- Start drinking more water right away – this is probably the easiest one of all. Water naturally curbs appetite so you are less likely to overeat and it also de-bloats you. Aim for about 2 liters of water but if you are not used to drinking that much, work your way up.
- Don’t skip breakfast – This is an important one! You might think ” I overate and I will compensate by not having breakfast”. This is a huge mistake most people make, don’t be one of them! Instead, prepare a healthy and nutritious breakfast, that will keep you full for a couple of hours. I’ve shared my smoothie bowl recipe in a previous post which is a is a very good option because it is healthy and will keep you full until lunchtime.Plus, it is super delicious so you won’t feel like you are compromising taste. In addition, there are numerous researches showing that people who skip breakfast are more likely to overeat at some point during the day.
- Start meal prepping – this way you will always have a healthy meal prepared and you will not make hunger-driven decisions. You don’t have to meal prep for a week ahead and have to eat a 5-day old meal. I usually just cook in larger quantities to make sure I have enough for lunch the next day and maybe for dinner as well. This way I will only need to take care of my snacks which is usually something as simple as an apple or raw nuts ( or both ! )
- Get back in the gym – I am not talking go all out 5 days a week. Maybe do a quick cardio session or a short 20 minute HIIT training, whatever you are used to doing. There is no need to go and try to squat 50kg if you feel bloated and out of shape. You will get back there eventually but overtraining on your first day back in the gym is not the right way to do it.
- Don’t go all out at once – Naturally the first couple of days your body will be craving what it is used to receiving. So if you gave your body cookies and chocolates then this is what your body will crave. Make small adjustments to your diet. Swap unhealthy meals for healthier ones. For example, instead of having your leftover chocolate cupcakes, have a fruit. This way you are still getting the sugar your body craves but it is “good” sugar”.
- Cut back on alcohol – This is an easy one for me because I’m not really a drinker but most people enjoy an occasional drink. However, if you are serious about your goals, you need to narrow down the drinking to a minimum. One of my close friends only allows herself a glass of wine on Saturdays. I think this is a great way to not feel like you are missing out on the good things in life but still reach your goals.
- Keep yourself motivated- It is very easy to be motivated in the beginning but at some point in time your motivation will drop down. It is important to be able to remind yourself why you decided to do this, to begin with. Find out what keeps you motivated- maybe it is watching youtube videos or pinning on Pinterest and you can go back to it as soon as you feel unmotivated Now would also be a good time to take out that piece of paper where you wrote your goals and read it. That should do the trick!
So there you have it! My top 10 tips to get back on track after the holidays. To be honest I was slacking with my nutrition during the holidays as well so I decided to write this post not only as a helpful guide to you but also as a commitment to myself.