It’s that time of year again. You’ve been eating, drinking, and celebrating for the last few months while getting lost in the holiday spirit. And now it’s the new year – you’re ready to call it a day on celebrations and start fresh with your resolutions. We all know what comes next: guilt! Guilt over enjoying yourself so much during this season, guilt over not sticking to your diet or fitness plan like you wanted to last month, guilt because even though you tried to eat healthy meals at home during the holidays, it just wasn’t always possible with all the delectable treats around.
After the indulgence of the holidays, it can be tough to get back into a healthy routine. The best way to do this is by taking small steps in the right direction. It may seem overwhelming at first, but breaking down your goals will help you stay motivated and on track with your commitments to yourself.
One way to ease back into a healthy routine after the holidays is simply by lowering your calorie intake. This doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself, it just means being mindful of the foods you are eating and how much you’re eating, and making healthier choices whenever possible. One way you can do this is by cooking your own meals at home, instead of eating out.
We all know that dining out can be tough when trying to stick with a healthy regimen because restaurants hide ingredients such as sugar and fat, and portions are typically way larger than what one serving should actually look like. Cooking your own meals at home not only allows you to control the portion size, but it also gives you the opportunity to cook with fresh and healthy ingredients, and to control exactly what goes into each meal. And believe it or not, cooking your own food can be a lot faster and easier than it seems. There are tons of tutorials out there and even personal chef and meal delivery services can be more affordable than you think.
Another way to get back on track with your health goals is by committing to a fitness plan – whether that means going to the gym, taking a class, or simply committing to walking more. Starting small is key, and there’s no need to overdo it on the first day, or month. Just aim to be more active every day and increase your workout routine as you progress. You’ll start to see and feel results in no time!
The final step in getting back on track after the holidays is by reimagining your traditional or typical home menu. This doesn’t mean you have to cook all new recipes, but it does mean being intentional about the types of meals you are cooking when eating at home. Try to include more fruits and vegetables in your meals, and make healthier swaps for some of your favorite comfort foods. For example, if you’re craving mashed potatoes for dinner, try making a cauliflower mash instead of using potatoes. You won’t believe how good it tastes!
With these three small steps, you can ease back into a healthy routine after the holidays! It may be a challenge, but it will be worth it in the end. So get started today and don’t look back – you’ve got this!