Holidays are that time of year where we get together with friends and family, overindulge with food and drink, and make memories. When the party is over, however, we physically deal with indigestion, bloat, and feeling like a sloth. These tips will get you back on track so you can start the new year focused and at your best.
1. Drink all the water! Water flushes out excess salt from your body and aids in digestion. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces daily. If you are new to drinking lots of water, you will be running to the bathroom frequently in the first few days. After that, your body will adjust to the increased water intake and you shouldn’t need to use the bathroom as frequently. If the thought or taste of plain water grosses you out, try adding sliced fruits to your water bottle for a boost.
2. Move your body! You may be in sloth mode physically, but exercise releases endorphins that put you in a healther mindset, thus helping you make healthier food decisions during the day. You don’t need to necessarily hit up Crossfit (unless that’s your thing), just go for brisk walk, dance around the house cleaning up the party aftermath, or watch a quick YouTube workout video. Try to aim for at least 30 minutes of some kind of physical activity daily.
3. Eat Clean(ish). Holiday food is full of salt, and this makes you retain water as your body tries to dilute all that salt, leaving you feeling bloated. Refrain from eating processed foods and cheeses. Reach for vegetables, fruits, and lean protein like skinless chicken, fish, eggs, and beans. Fiber rich foods help stabilize blood sugar levels which helps prevent energy crashes throughout the day.
4. Time to Zen. The stress of the holidays can cause spikes of the hormone cortisol. This can cause issues with digestion and sleep. Set aside time to relax. Try yoga, meditation, an at home spa treatment, or take a nap.
I hope these tips help you out with getting back on track after the holiday season. What things do you try and do to reset your mind and body?