I think most of us will be able to relate – you ate mindfully and really enjoyed the Easter holiday, but still feel like you perhaps overindulged slightly. To get back to feeling your best, there is no need for fancy cleanses or detoxes – your body is ready to do all that work! Read on for my five tips for reseting this week.
Go back to basics
Stick to fresh, delicious meals that are made up of the core food groups. Try to really steer clear of anything processed that comes out of a packet or a box. Meals with lots of vegetables are a winner! Do not forget about a serve of good quality protein and sustaining carbohydrates with your meals though. And some healthy fats!
Now that we are heading into the colder weather, soups are a great option. Add in loads of vegetables and either some canned or dried legumes for a source of protein. A convenient lunch to take to work, or a quick and easy dinner when you get home after a long day.
Bump up the hydration
Sounds simple but it is really important to make sure you are getting enough H2O. Helps to boost energy levels, revitalize skin, and also a must for a healthy gut. Keep a water bottle with you everywhere. In the car, at your desk, at home. That way you will be reminded to drink and can keep tabs on how much you have had each day. You can also download apps which send alerts to your phone reminding you to drink up.
Cut back on caffeine and alcohol
Try to reduce your cups of coffee throughout the day, and switch over to some herbal teas if possible. Or try decaf coffee if you like. As we know, caffeine has a dehydrating effect on the body which we want to avoid.
Same goes for alcohol. Aim to cut back on your evening wine, or go for a lower energy option such as vodka, lime & soda. And make sure to balance alcohol intake with water or plain soda water with lime to keep hydrated too.
Move Your Body
Try to find pockets of time throughout the day to sneak in some activity. Take the long way to the printer in the office, take the stairs instead of the lift, plan to get outside for a lunch time walk. We hear it all the time, but these small bursts of activity are sometimes easier to fit in, on days when you do not have time for a long workout. Try to up your step count above your average, just to keep your body moving!
Release the Guilt
After a period of food indulgence, it can be really easy to feel bad about it and give in to the negative self-talk. Try to halt this before it even starts! So you ate a bit more chocolate than you usually would over the Easter break. That’s okay – it is only chocolate! We do not need to punish ourselves or be super strict with our diet this week to make up for it. That takes all the fun and enjoyment out of Easter!