We love December! The holiday parties, Christmas scents, delicious eats, festive cocktails, gift-giving and quality time with our loved ones.
But let's be real: the season of mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and rum n' egg nog can leave us feeling a bit bloated, sluggish and not quite ourselves.
The good news is, with a few minor adjustments you can get back to feeling like you in no time. Here are 8 simple steps for bouncing back after the holidays:
1. Stop Beating Yourself Up and Get Back Into a Routine
Life happens. The holidays happen! If you are beating yourself up for overindulging, stop that right now because A.) You probably had a great time and made lots of memories and B.) Happiness is key to healthiness! Don’t add further stress to your immune system by beating yourself up.
The first few days after the holidays may feel slow and harder than usual mentally and physically, but try to get back to your normal routine. Get to bed early, wake up at your normal time, and after a few days, you’ll adjust.
2. Set Realistic and Sustainable Goals
By setting small, attainable goals, you are more likely to succeed and stay motivated than if you set high, lofty goals that are unsustainable and will discourage you from staying on track.
Instead of saying "I'm not going out at all this week!" (probably not realistic) make a goal to pack your lunch or make a protein packed breakfast in the mornings (sustainable and realistic).
3. Focus on Real Foods and Keep it Simple
Keep your meals simple and clean. Give your digestive system a break by giving it easy to break down foods and replenish those micronutrients that may have been lacking over the last few weeks.
Focus on consuming lean proteins, fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Instead of focusing on the foods you want to avoid, focus on incorporating more of the good stuff in.
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Aim for 2 to 3 litres of filtered water a day. Start the day with a glass of filtered water with fresh squeezed lemon juice. This will kick start your metabolism, promote detoxification and get you feeling really awesome!
5. Meal Prep Baby!
We are firm believers in the power of meal prep. Setting aside a bit of time to prepare some simple and nourishing meals that can feed you over multiple days will save you time and money. It will also make it so much easier for you to eat well and stay organized.
Log in to That Clean Life to create your meal plan, then pick a few things to prepare in advance. One of our favourite time saving meals to prep is the Thai Basil Turkey with Bok Choy and Rice.
6. Move Your Body
Elevate that heart rate and get sweaty. Our skin is our largest organ, so by working up a sweat you can expel some of those nasty toxins that are floating around. Movement will make you feel better physically and mentally by releasing some endorphins, those feel good chemicals that boost your mood.
If you are finding it hard to get motivated, book a class with a friend to hold you accountable, or start small with a brisk walk on the treadmill while listening to your favourite podcast.
7. Clean Out Your System
Be sure to incorporate gentle fibre into your diet post-holidays. When paired with plenty of water, it will help you to clear out your system by way of great poops. Add things to your meal plan that contain chia seeds, ground flax seed, whole grains and fresh veggies!
Double whammy: up your water and fibre intake by adding our Detox Chia Lemon Water to your meal plan and drink it every morning.
8. Join our 21 Day Real Food Real Quick Program
Need a plan of action? If you've been wanting to turn up your meal prep game, eat healthier and have a heck of a lot of fun along the way – we vow to help you make it happen. No diets, no complexity, just real food, real quick. The program will give you weekly meal plans, prep guides, grocery lists, delicious healthy recipes and one incredible community to fist bump you and your healthy choices on the daily.
The 21-Day Real Food Real Quick Program begins on Monday January 8, 2018 and is open to all paid That Clean Life members. So if that's you, you're all set! If you are new to That Clean Life, you will need a paid membership to participate. Sign up here.