In case you had not noticed, the holidays are upon us. It is that time of year that people are scarfing down thousands of calories per meal instead of per day. Nadine Gourkow wants to make sure that you do enjoy your holiday feasts but also, she wants to make sure that you get back on the wagon after the feast is over. Generally speaking, the holiday feasts are limited in nature. You may have between 4 and 5 holiday meals from October to New Year’s Day. So, for us Canadians that is 4 or 5 meals spread out over 84 days. This comes down to about one meal every 21 days or so. This should not be the end of the world.
How to Get Back On track
Eating a bad meal every 20 days or so gives you a lot of time to get back on track and lose some of that weight before the next one rolls around. Below, we will give you a bunch of different ways to help get yourself back on track.
- Avoid Sugar and Simple Carbs – You loaded up on them during the meal, you can leave them out as much as possible in the days that follow. Don’t cut them out altogether as your body does need them to function properly, but gradually decrease them after the feast to help in resetting your diet back to normal.
- Water – Let’s be honest, you weren’t drinking enough water during the feast and there is a load of butter and salt as the cornerstone of every holiday feast. You need to flush that extra salt and fat from your body. The best way to do that is by drinking more water than you were before the meal. Just for a couple of days until you flush the salt and fat from your body and then you can return to your normal water consumption.
- Exercise – You might have to do a little more exercise than you were before just to drop the extra weight. This really isn’t a bad thing, because you really weren’t getting too much before the feast, where you? Add just another 30 minutes to your week, for two weeks, and you should be just fine.
- Probiotics – There are plenty of foods with probiotic properties and you should find them and eat them. All that fat and sugar did a number on the microbiome in your stomach. Take the next week and load up on probiotics to return your digestion back to normal. You should find the need to eat diminishing the more you eat.
The holidays can be a fun time for all of us, but we must heed the warnings of Nadine Gourkow. Make sure that you have everything they have to offer but do it in smaller portions. This will make it so you are not having the desire to eat off meal plan for more days than you have to. Don’t skip meals in the days following either. You will not be balancing it out, you will be doing more harm than good to your body.