If you’re anything like me, the holidays brought out your biggest weaknesses and your self-control was worse than if Channing Tatum asked you to pick up your life, become a gypsy and travel the country playing a tambourine in a cult band for the rest of your life. (For the record, my answer wouldn’t be no right away. I wouldn’t do it, but man would there be some serious consideration).
In January there are always a plethora of tips, tricks and shortcuts for feeling better after an indulgent December. But I’ve always noticed that these articles never take into account the different types of people there are out there. There are, in my opinion, two types of people in the world. Some people don’t care about food, but if something delicious is in front of them they will eat it. Then there are people who are downright obsessed with food and the thing that’s delicious in front of them was not only made by them, but Pinned, Instagrammed, and talked about for fifteen minutes while non-food-lovers wonder what’s wrong with them. I fall into the latter.
Needless to say those tips like “cut out all sugar for a month”, “avoid all bread” and “abstain from all alcohol” just aren’t going to cut it for me. On Sunday I read a story about “Drynuary,” aka no alcohol for the month of January, and seriously considered it. Then I had a bad day on Monday and literally couldn’t WAIT to get home and open a bottle of wine. That might work for some people, but for me, restricting myself in terms of food/drink just isn’t an option. I love food and drinks way too much. I DO know, however, that I can’t eat like it’s the holidays all year long or I would not feel my best, look my best, or behave my best (because taking time off from healthy habits makes me craaaanky).
So here are my top tips for getting back in the game without giving up your identity as a food-lover.
Add vegetables to every meal
I don’t restrict myself food-wise. But I do make sure that I’m including a heaping portion of veggies with every single meal I eat, whether it be a piece of fish or a pb&j sandwich. Filling my stomach up with good stuff works 10x better than letting myself get hungry or mentally crave a food because I cut it out completely. Even breakfast: just STOCK UP on the greens.
Protein Protein Protein
Going along with that, get as much good protein into my diet as possible. Protein is what fills me up. And while I get lots of it via eggs, chicken and peanut butter, protein powder is great in a pinch. I’ve mentioned it before but while I’ve tried lots of protein powders, I finally settled on Skoop. I’m not going to try to sell you on it (because I haaaate when bloggers try to sound genuine and it’s blatantly obvious that they’re selling something), but just know this is the protein powder that I use. Take it or leave it 🙂
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Work out every single day
Every day. No exceptions. Well, okay, one exception. I never work out more than 6 days a week because I am neither superwoman nor someone with a death wish. But 6 days a week is a non-negotiable when I’m getting back at it. The reasons for this go farrrr beyond just vanity: in the days between Christmas and my birthday I worked out sparingly and besides not feeling wonderful, I had two panic attacks come out of absolutely nowhere. I firmly believe that exercise can help manage anxiety, so it’s something that I don’t want to skimp on, if not for my physical health but my mental health as well.
Drink some tea
I’m not a tea person but this time of year I’ll take anything that will warm my body up — and a 9pm cup of coffee isn’t an option. So I drink this Yogi DeTox tea because it’s two-in-one for me: it warms me up, calms me down, and makes my stomach feel better after a few weeks of heavy eating. It contains dandelion, juniper berry, ginger, black pepper and burdock, which all work together to gently purify the liver and promote kidney function.
Yes it’s cold. It’s flipping freezing. But the minute you make it a habit to stay under the covers avoiding the dreaded temps or skip your workout because you just want to get home and put on your cozy sweats is the minute you start eating a whole box of mac n cheese for dinner followed by a sleeve of oreos. Be brave. Face the cold. Rumor has it that shivering can increase your metabolism (say what?!) So bundle up and stay active, even when it seems impossible.