IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL YOUR JEANS DON’T FIT ANYMORE!
PHEW! The festive season has finally come to an end! Most of us are feeling more stuffed than the turkey that we ate on Christmas day. BUT! Its OKAY! Give yourself a break! There is no reason why you shouldnt have been able to enjoy the festive season!
Most girls fall into a negative frame of mind after they have picked up a couple of kilos but I believe in always looking on the bright side onwards & upwards from here ladies! Embrace your holiday weight and cherish all the wonderful memories that came along with it! What great Christmas and New Year ever started with a salad anyway?! I personally have put on two kilos from the holidays but Im feeling well rested and motivated to take on the year.
Here are my five Healthy Girl tips to help you bounce back from your festive season food hangover:
1. Don’t beat yourself up – There is NOTHING wrong with relaxing and indulging a bit over the festive season! It is a wonderful time of the year to rejuvenate and enjoy time with your loved ones. I am not saying that you need to let yourself go but enjoying some of your favourite foods coupled with great company and special memories is FAR more important than obsessing over what you should and shouldnt be eating over the Festive season. I believe that some rest actually does more good than harm not only for your body but for your mind and soul too! As soon as you get back into routine, that little bit of extra holiday weight will sort itself out in no time!
2. Stick to your exercise routine – Don’t go into panic mode! Over training and trying to punish your body for what you have eaten is not the answer. Simply go straight back into your normal exercise routine or if you prefer draw up a brand new plan to start the year off fresh! It is recommended that you include both cardio and weight training to get the best results but most importantly make sure that you keep active. If you are not a person that enjoys getting into the gym, explore options that suit you best like boot camps, group training, boxing, Pilates/yoga or even take up a form of sport that you enjoy!
3. Avoid alcohol & sugar Chances are your body has had way more alcohol and sugar than usual over this period. For at least a couple of weeks try to avoid/limit the intake of these two as much as possible. Sugary foods and alcohol are mostly filled with empty calories that your body simply doesnt need. Once your body has recovered from the holiday season you can begin to have your favourite drink or treat again in moderation!
4. Don’t skip meals! The worst thing you can do is to skip your meals. This will cause your body to go into starvation mode resulting in more weight gain. Rather opt for eating 5 – 6 small to medium meals a day. This will help to get your metabolism fired up again, regulate your sugar levels and bring your appetite back down to normal. Eating regularly also helps to keep you full, which will stop unnecessary/bad snacking. Make sure that you give your body lean proteins, healthy carbohydrates, good fats, eat lots of veggies and have your fruit! Some of my favourites: Lean Proteins Eggs, chicken, ostrich mince, fish and a good Whey protein powder. Healthy Carbohydrates Sweet Potato, rye toast, Whole-wheat couscous, basmati rice, quinoa, whole-wheat wraps/pasta and rolled oats. Good Fats Avocado, nuts/nut butter, olive oil and coconut oil. Fruits Apples, bananas, berries and grapefruit.
5. Drink plenty of water The best way to help your body metabolize and flush toxins out of your system is to drink water! After all the Festive celebrations your body will be in need of a good cleanse and some hydration. Aim to have at least 8 glasses (about 2 liters) of water a day. Heres to a healthy new year 2015, Darlings!