Get Back to Lean
If stretchy pants and big tops are your best friend’s right about now, this article is a must-read. We know that for the most part, you’ve been relatively faithful to your fitness regimen, but it’s next to impossible to avoid indulging during the holidays. It’s hard to say no to every appetizer and appletini, Christmas cookie and egg nog, pile of stuffing with gravy or piece of pie. Chances are you’ve overeaten and may have a bit of an insulin hangover (thanks, cookies). It’s that after-Thanksgiving dinner feeling that’s stuck around; depleted, bloated and heavy.
The cure is to move your body, plan your meals, hydrate and hydrate some more, swap out your coffee (at least one cup!), for green tea, and perhaps most importantly, give your gut some love with prebiotics.
You’ll start feeling yourself again in no time and assuredly you’ll begin to shed any extra pounds you picked up over the holidays.
Tend to that garden in your gut with prebiotics. Think of them as fertilizer to help grow and nourish the good bacteria and fungi already in your gut. It’s like spring for your tummy; supplement your now trimmed-down diet with prebiotics to help rejuvenate and reforest your gut. Prebiotics are plant fibers that help the healthy bacteria in your colon thrive. Raw leeks, garlic, onion, hickory root, Jerusalem artichokes, and asparagus are all fiber-packed prebiotics. Add dandelion greens to a salad, add raw wheat bran to your smoothies and snack on bananas, they are all chock full of fiber and perfect prebiotics. Your tummy will thank you.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate and hydrate some more because unless you’re consuming half your weight in ounces of water a day, you’re not drinking enough. Say you’re 150 pounds, just say, you need to drink 75 ounces of water every day. But make sure to drink it throughout the day, over time; not too much at once, your kidneys prefer it that way. Flush away that holiday bloat.
This one is asking a lot for those who simply must have their morning caffeine in a cup of Joe, but swapping out coffee for green tea – which has more than enough caffeine to wake that butt up – will help to kick-start your metabolism in a good way with those phenomenal polyphenols in every cup. Not a green tea fan? Flavor your green tea wake-up with a little stevia or a dollop of honey, and a splash of lemon. Other flavorings include ginger, a bit of cinnamon or add a little peppermint tea.
Even if you have (kind of) been sticking to your exercise routine, it’s probably a good idea to bump it up a notch, especially if you’ve overeaten over the holidays and been feeling a bit sluggish. Get up and go. Wake up that laid-back, vacationing metabolism by moving more.
Since during holidays goodies are omnipresent, it’s easy to forget you grabbed a handful of shiny-wrapped Hershey’s Kisses, or a Snickerdoodle or adorned sugar cookie or two or three. One way to get back on track is to execute and follow through on meal planning. Take an hour or two on the weekend to prep and freeze or refrigerate several healthy meals. If you keep track of what you and your family eat, because you’re not the only one in the house who went overboard, you’re more likely to stay on track.