How to Begin Healthy Post-Holiday Eating Habits

Put down that leftover Christmas cookie! Now that the holidays are over, many of us are beginning to look back as if we survived a car crash. How did we possibly eat that much? Why didn’t we stop ourselves? It’s true that we’re sometimes our own worst enemy, but our daily habits can also turn into a great motivator. Let’s get ourselves out of the post-holiday glut, and instead learn how to make healthy post-holiday eating habits.

Whether you overindulged during a big meal or you ditched your diet over the holidays, don’t worry! We’re here to jumpstart healthy eating habits that are fun, relatable, and easy to implement. If you’re looking for extra resources, I also recommend 10 Tips to Support Your New Year’s Resolutions. There’s no better time to change to healthy eating habits than the beginning of the New Year!

Now, before we get started, I’d like to add a word of warning.

After the holidays, everybody is ready to take drastic measures, but if we take small steps, it will lead to being more consistent. Remember, the point of goals is to keep them! So, don’t feel like you need to implement EVERYTHING all at once. Make small changes, for big improvements.

Let’s dig in!

Tip #1: Start Walking

Even though it’s cold outside, invest in a pedometer or a Fitbit and try to hit at least 10,000 steps a day. While not everyone can afford or make time for a gym membership, movement and activity are key staples to a healthy lifestyle.

Tip #2: Drink More Water

Did you know that a lot of the weight gain over the holidays is simply bloat? Drinking H2O is a great way to flush a lot of the sodium and bloat away. Also, water is very important for our metabolism, which is important for weight loss. It also deletes any false hunger cues in our bodies. If you’re curious how much water you should drink, check out what the Mayo Clinic has to say.

Tip #3: Clean Up the Kitchen

One of the worst things to deal with after the holidays is all the food that’s left lying around! How are you going to change your eating habits if yummy (but terrible) food is in front of your face all the time! It just sits there tempting you as you try harder and harder to eat well. If you can’t seem to throw it out, then donate it to a neighbor, family member, or friend who might use it.  Then, when your kitchen is clean, stock up on the healthy stuff!

Tip #4: Slow Down

Did you know that when you slow down the pace of your eating, you feel full faster? Give your brain time to catch up with your stomach’s fullness cues. This might mean setting aside time to eat your meals and just focusing on eating without distraction.

Tip #5: Cut the Sweets

Yes, it seems like a no-brainer, but research shows that sugar intake can be addicting. The last thing you want is a lifestyle of unhealthy cravings and binges. Although it won’t be easy, this amount of time will cause any cravings that your body has begun to experience to be relinquished. While cravings decrease, your body will begin to prefer naturally sweet foods, including fruit and vegetables. 

Tip #6: Don’t Quit!

You’ll slip up sometimes, but don’t throw in the towel! Accept that you’ll sometimes make mistakes, and then do better tomorrow.

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