Picture this: It’s a holiday weekend and you went WAY. TOO. HARD. on the buffet line. It happens to the best of us. Even the most rigid health devotees indulge a little too much from time to time. But guess what...it’s not the end of the world!
Sure, overindulging can be a little hiccup in your otherwise healthy routine, but as the adage says: you only live once - and you don’t want to look back in five, 10, 20 years and think, “I could’ve eaten that.” So here are our seven favourite ways to reset after a holiday or weekend of too much fun.
Ditch the Guilt
There is zero point in guilting yourself about eating a bit too much; it’s not productive and it will only make you feel worse. What’s done is done. What’s eaten has been eaten. And you had fun doing it! Instead of dwelling on your overindulgence, put it behind you and focus on getting back on track.
Get Back to Your Normal RoutineIt’s surprisingly easy to let a week or weekend of holiday festivities derail your normal routine. After a few days of unlimited delicious treats and endless buffets, it’s hard to envision yourself ever getting back to your regular schedule, and you may be tempted to continue indulging for “one more meal,” “one more day,” or “one more week.” Before you know it, you’re eating cookies for breakfast and you don’t even remember what your normal routine was! When the festivities are over, make it a priority to get your schedule right, including meals and exercise.
Get a Workout InWorking up a sweat releases those feel-good chemicals in your brain, essential for boosting your mood and getting you back to that healthy mindset! Studies have also shown that exercise, especially in the morning, helps you make better food choices throughout the day,
Stock Up on Healthy FoodsGive away the leftovers, take the sweets to your officemates and get yourself to the grocery store to restock the fridge with your favourite healthy foods! Having healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and lean protein on hand will make it easier to cook and prepare healthy meals at home so you’re less tempted by quick takeaway meals.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Water is your saving grace after an overindulgent meal or weekend. Not only will it help you digest all the rich/salty/sweet food you’ve eaten over the past few days, but it will also help boost your energy and just feel better all around.
Experiencing extreme indigestion or stomach discomfort? In addition to lots of water, try a cup of spicy ginger tea or an herbal blend like Pegaga by PurelyB. Special digestive enzymes found in Pegaga support your body’s ability to properly digest food, flush out excess toxins and ease inflammation in the gut all while keeping your fluids balanced.