Sunday, December 22, 2019

Getting Back to Healthy Eating After the Holidays #healthynewyear #postholidaydiet #healthyresolutions

Christmas is nearly here...which means New Year's Eve is right around the corner. That means the start of post-holiday diet and exercise plans for many of us. Today, The Weekend Gourmet's correspondent is sharing tips to effectively transition from holiday overindulging to a healthy 2020. This feature may contain affiliate links. 
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Most of us are guilty of overindulging a bit during the holiday season. We start enjoying festive treats as soon as December arrives...and we make the most of it for as long as we can. We typically appreciate all of our favorite treats, hearty meals, festive drinks, and other indulgences. Even those of us who are usually quite careful with our diets sometimes take a break for at least a few days over Christmas. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a break to enjoy special foods and drinks! It can be great for your mental health, and it certainly shouldn’t cause any long-term damage to your health and/or weight. 

During the holidays, we also take time away from other healthy habits...and work. If you're self-employed, you might consider using Physical Address to keep communications running smoothly during any business-related holiday breaks. You might take time out of the office...and even time off your usual exercise routines. It’s not surprising that many of us gain a little weight and lose some fitness over Christmas. While it won’t hurt you long-term, you do need to get back into your healthier habits once the holidays are over, which can be tough. Here are some tips to help you. 

Have a Specific Cut0ff Date
Is there an obvious date when you want to stop enjoying the festivities? Perhaps the day you go back to work...or maybe when your kids go back to school. This can be an ideal way to turn the page and move on. Enjoy one last day -- even go over the top and eat whatever you want. Then? Draw a line. If there’s no obvious cutoff date on your schedule, then pick a date on the calendar. Perhaps the day you take the Christmas tree down, or Twelfth Night. After the date you pick, no more indulging -- no matter what you might have left.

Clear Out Festive Treats
If you have plenty of Christmas treats left as your cutoff date approaches, simply get rid of it. Eat what you want, consider baking a cake, or making another special treat. Donate some sweets and chocolates to friends, or perhaps local families. Then, hide unopened boxes to gift later on in the year. 

Go Dry in January
One of our biggest indulgences during the holidays is often alcohol. We drink more at parties and events...and at home. This can lead to weight gain and -- if carried on -- can damage your health. Going back to your regular drinking habits post-holiday can be great. However, if you feel the need for a detox, Dry January can be a great way to lose weight, improve your health, and drink more water. 

Get Back Into Good Habits
Think about your habits before the holidays took over. Did you exercise regularly...or maybe eat five servings of fruit and veggies? Adding new healthy habits is great, but don’t forget to bring successful old ones back too! 

Try Some New Meals
New Year is a great time to try new things! Give new meals a try, introducing new ingredients and tastes. If you're craving a health kick and want to add more vegetables to your diet, sticking to Meat Free Mondays can be very effective.

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