Being One Step Ahead of the Consequences
Happy Monday everyone!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend full of good holiday cheer! Since we are in the thick of festive parties and gatherings, I think it is fair to assume that your weekend diet plan underwent a bit of a transformation. And now, those extra trips to the bar, the dessert tray, and the giant spread of dips and cheeses may have come back to haunt you in the form of indigestion, fatigue, headache, discouragement and regret.
I get it…truly…but you know what?!?! There’s no need to sweat it. I’m not! Sure I still feel satisfied from the insane amount of food I consumed on the holiday party circuit this weekend and yes I feel a little lackluster in the energy department, but I know one thing’s for sure: these feelings are temporary. I know how to get back on track and so do you, so just put some faith in that!
Take note of the following checklist I follow for staying the course and getting ahead of the consequences:
- Hydrate all week long…carry a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go.
- Plan your workout schedule for the week. If you have to start out small, that is fine. As long as you weave some physical activity into your calendar, you will build up to your usual program.
- Refill your refrigerator and pantry with clean-eating options that will naturally restore and detoxify. Make a list for the grocery store and don’t forget it. Fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, dairy-free and gluten-free options like almond milk and brown rice, green tea, nuts and seeds will serve you well in the days to come.
- Focus on Sleep. Aim for 7-8 hours a night. Quality sleep has been studied and found to support emotional well-being, brain function, quality of life and physical health. I'll take all of that!
- Accountability is key. If you aren’t working with a nutritionist or health professional who can keep you accountable, then ask a friend or family member to listen to your goals and successes.
- Be truthful. Be realistic. Be patient.
The holiday season does not have to be an uncontrolled food and beverage fest that has you desperate for a quick fix diet come January 1. The reality is that we are all going to want to press the reset button and include healthy eating goals and fitness plans within our New Year's resolutions. For now, just allow the word balance to hover over you or shine bright in the back of your mind through the holiday. "Balance" will remind you to choose healthy when possible and exercise when you can, but it also gives you room for a taste of dessert, sips of good wine, charcuterie plates and lots of fun!
In good health and much gratitude,
About Motivation Monday
Meghan Lyons, MS, Nutritionist
Wife, mama, health and wellness enthusiast! Undergraduate and graduate school gave her two degrees in Human Nutrition. Life reminds her daily about why her degrees matter and why they are such a gift. Live healthy. Be Happy.