I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends! Some of you may be feeling a little bit sluggish today. Indulging comes with the territory during the holiday season. Enjoying some of your favorite foods is perfectly acceptable of course. However, sometimes in the aftermath of the pumpkin pie and stuffing “haze” it can all feel like a bit too much.
No regrets! We are all about moving forward here at the bikini experiment. But it is time to get back on track. Learning to manage all of the treats during the holidays is a process. Here are some of my favorite ways to bounce back after experiencing a few of those indulgences.
5 Ways to Bounce Back
The holidays are notorious for a lot of extra cocktails and specialty coffee drinks. Making sure you get enough water during the day is incredibly helpful to cleanse your body. Water will energize you and prevent you from getting dehydrated.
Some *recent studies have shown that the benefits of water may have been oversold in the past. It is still crucial, however, drinking an excess amount is not really helpful. Aim for 8 glasses a water a day. If plain water is not your thing, try adding some lemon or lime. Mixing it up with a sparkling version is another way to go.
There is a reason the gym is crowded the day after Thanksgiving! Working out with cardio and lifting weights will help your body shed any toxins from the recent extras. It is the best way to burn through any glycogen that is stored up.
I recommend lifting weights followed by time doing some form of cardio exercise.
Sunday Meal Prep
This is a practice that often falls by the wayside during busy times. It’s actually when it is most important! Don’t get fancy, but prep a few items to get you started for the week. Making a salad for work is much easier when you already have the goods and some are already chopped. Measure out some trail mix and make some muffins for an easy start in the AM.
Setting yourself up for success during the week is crucial when life gets hectic. Check out my prior post on how to keep the process simple.
Speaking of those salads! When you want to get back in the game greens and veggies are the best way to do it. Raw vegetables will help cleanse your body and get you back to feeling your best.
Kale, spinach, asparagus and assorted chard greens are all great choices.
Rest & Recovery
Do not burn the candles at both ends with holiday shopping and decorating. Make sure to remember to take care of yourself and get the sleep you need every night. Craving a walk or some time to journal? Make sure to schedule it into your day.
Most of all remember to enjoy the holidays! Just make sure to keep up your good habits to keep your body running at its best.
How do you bounce back? Let me know in the comment section below!
*Reference, Web MD. Water and Your Diet