If you happened to steer a little off the healthy eating trail over the weekend there’s no point stressing about it. Jump back on the bandwagon and start fresh with my four tips for feeling great again without strict diets, cleanses, detoxes or fasting.
1. New meal, new day.
Forget about the last meal or snack you had. Every meal is the chance to make healthy choices. You may have had a snack bar or meal that wasn’t as healthy as you’d like but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on eating healthy for the remainder of the day. Forget what you just ate and make this meal as healthy as you can. Fill your plate with vegetables and good quality lean protein. Reset your mindset and keep going!
2. Choose what nourishes you.
We all know the basics of nutrition and what options fuel us best. Choose foods which come from as close to their natural source as possible. That is; fresh fruit, vegetables, protein, whole grains, nuts and seeds. These are food items which will provide you with a good source of energy, vitamins and minerals and lead to feeling better inside and out. The majority of your plate should be filled with vegetables, then protein and a small amount of carbohydrates from whole grains or starchy vegetables like sweet potato with a small amount of good fats from avocados, nuts, olive oil or coconut oil.
3. Sleep is your friend.
We all know we’re kinder, happier and more energetic when we’ve had a good night’s sleep. 7-10 hours of sleep each night is going to give you the best start to your day and you’re less likely to reach for sugary treats to give you energy.
4. Don’t restrict or deprive yourself.
Even if you had a few too many wines, treats or take outs it’s important not to deprive yourself of food as a way to get back on track. Firstly the body still requires good nutrition to function at its optimal. Forget what happened before, what’s done is done. Jump back into the journey and make healthier choices from here on. Skipping meals or restricting calories isn’t balanced or a healthy mindset to be in – no one likes feeling hungry.
Take home tip.
I hope these simple tips have helped and you’ve seen that the trick to jumping back on track after overeating or over indulging is to take the steps to rectifying and nourishing the body rather than beating yourself up about your past choices. It would be extremely unrealistic to think everyone eats perfectly 100% of the time so treat yourself with kindness. However if you do feel like overeating or indulging is happening often then it may be worth getting in touch with me or your GP to discuss what may be a more serious issue and can make some recommendations.