You indulged. You partied hard. You ate, drank, and made merry. And now that the holidays are over, you feel every bit of it. You might even taste regret. Here are my tips on how to post-holiday detox!
Recovering and getting back on track after the holidays isn’t always easy. But it isn’t impossible either.
Apply these simple practices to re-calibrate and get yourself moving in the right direction again:
Re-Activate Your Exercise Habits
Start moving again. Stretch. Move carefully at first, to avoid injury. Give yourself some time and set goals to get back to pre-holiday levels of activity.
Re-Think Your Food
The cravings are real. Especially after eating a ton of sweets and other carbs. Fight hard to get back to a healthy eating routine. Purge your pantry and refrigerator of those leftover sweets. That last piece of grandma’s pie isn’t doing you any favors.
Fill your kitchen up with healthful foods: fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Plan your meals out ahead of time so you’re less likely to give into cravings.
Also, think about the times of day that you eat. Eat breakfast. Have an early lunch. Move your evening meal up by 30 minutes or an hour to keep your metabolism in check.
Re-Set Your Sleep Schedule
Staying up too late and sleeping in the next day can throw everything out of order. Proper sleep heals, provides energy, promotes balance, curbs cravings, and produces critical hormones.
Circadian rhythm is a strong ally in restoring balance. Start your bedtime relaxation routine earlier than usual to reset your internal clock. And get up at the same time every day—even on weekends.
If winter darkness throws off your sleeping habits, try a light therapy lamp or melatonin for an extra boost.
Water. Water. Water. The alcohol, egg nog, and other holiday drinks you imbibed are highly caloric and dehydrating.
Get your body back to optimal water content by filling up that water bottle and keeping it with you all day long. Aim for drinking 64 ounces or so a day.
Re-Organize Your Routine
Consider what was working and what wasn’t before the holidays. If getting out of bed 30 minutes early to do yoga was effective, that’s great!
Start doing it again. But if it always made you late to work, consider moving your alarm up by 15 minutes. Now is the time to evaluate your fitness goals for the year and how to reach them.
Just because you fell off track a bit during the holidays doesn’t make you a failure! Set yourself up to succeed by rewarding yourself when you meet goals.
Reward yourself with happy thoughts and positive encouragement every day. Consider a massage, a new pair of running shoes, or a new set of hand weights when you meet a longer goal.
As with starting new things, getting back on track can be hard and take time. Be intentional. Grab an accountability partner to help you along. Be patient with yourself. And get moving again! Hope this helps with your post-holiday detox :) Xx