We all know how it goes during the Christmas and New Year period, multiple events and gatherings consisting of food and drink that may not be particularly healthy or in line with your health goals. Many (me included) get the mentality of "It's Christmas! I will get back on track after Christmas day", which may or may not be dragged out into the new year. Now, I'm a big believer in not depriving myself, but I'm also an advocate for enjoying things in moderation. For me, this means loosening the reigns a little every now and then, but then getting back into the swing of things by nourishing my body with the nutrients I need to feel great. Here are few of the things that helped me do just that after Christmas.
1, "Detox" your pantry and fridge.
Much to the horror of my kids, I binned the half box of choccies, a few left over candy canes and the remainder of the lemon meringue in the fridge. You've heard it before, if it's not there you can't eat it. For those of us that will just keep eating it until it's gone, getting it out of the house is a must.
2, Get planning.
One of the keys to maintaining a healthy diet is by enjoying the food your eating. Pull out those recipe books, head out to the library or have a nosey on the web for some nutrient dense recipes you would love to try. Check out our blog for some of our favourites.
3, Bring in the goodness.
Restock your pantry and fridge with wholefoods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lean meats. By taking out refined products like white breads, sugar laden cakes and bikkies and replacing them with a healthier option such as our favourite Chocolate Banana Muffins you can still enjoy the occasional treat without the blood sugar crashes or the bloat!
Hydration is key for better mood, increased energy, detoxification and optimal digestion. We suggest 30ml per kilogram of body weight. Keep in mind if your sweating a lot due to the heat or working out, you will need a bit more. If you don't enjoy plain water, try adding in some squeezed citrus or some herbal goodness like mint leaves.
5, Move your body daily.
This can be anything from going for a bush walk to doing a workout at the gym. How you move is up to you, but moving your body is essential for good health and feeling good. If you know you do better with a 30 minute walk around the block over a high intensity class at the gym, go for it. Don't forget to change it up every now and then, try new things, your body will thank you for it.
If you are wanting to kick start your 2018 and get your health back on track, book in for an initial consultation today or head over to our contact page and flick us a message. We would love to hear from you!