“Somebody get me something deep fried and smothered in chocolate!” This is one of my most favorite lines from my kiddos beloved cartoon movie. I think we can almost all admit we have days like this. For me, these days are most common around the Holidays.
After 2 weeks of holiday treats, my belly is swollen and my taste buds are craving sugary goodness. It’s time to break my unhealthy (but fun) eating habit and get back on track.
It’s time to say hello again to our juicer and a salad!
Sometimes getting motivated to getting healthy can be tough. I get comfortable in my end of the year nibbling routine and my body just wants to keep going with it. I also know that once I cut the goodies, I’m going to be greeting by my good friend, Mr. Sugar Crash/Withdrawal Headache. So here are some tips we use to get heading back in the right direction.
- Go cold turkey. Decide that tomorrow morning you are going to wake up and cut sugar all together. Dedicate at least 5-7 days to totally detoxing your body to jump start your healthy habits. This means no foods or drinks that have ANY sugar or artificial sweetener. If you need a little hint of something for your coffee, try an all natural sweetener, like Truvia. All others are a no-no. Yes, you will probably get that awful headache, but the upside is that you’re going to help your taste buds change their cravings and you’ll no longer desire that sweet bite. And it’s only a couple days. Anyone can do this for a couple of days
- Ask yourself “Who made this? Man or Nature?” before you take that next bite of food. If it didn’t come from an animal or the earth, don’t put it in your mouth. For example, if you want to eat an apple, you know it’s made by nature. But if you want a bowl of pasta, stay away from this man made product. Eggs are great. Salads are too. But that salad dressing is made by man, so for now choose a different way to top your lettuce!
- Grab that water bottle. With the rush of the Holidays, and the addition of special holiday beverages, most of us drop off on our drinking water. Now it’s time to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The water will help flush toxins from your body (how much sugar and salt do you think you consumed!!!) and will take that bloatedness away!
- A body in motion stays in motion and a body in rest stays in rest. SO GET MOVING! Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park further away from the stores. Go for a family post meal walk. Or my personal favorite, spring cleaning in the winter!
- Put your juicer and blender to work! Try one of our detoxing recipes!
What is your favorite post-holiday tip for getting back on track? Share in a comment below!
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