Mia’s Simple Tricks for Getting Back into a Healthy Routine After the Holidays

Had a little bit too much of “treat yourself” this holiday?

That’s okay, holidays are meant for indulgences and enjoying our time spent with family and friends. This time of year it’s common for people to to switch from one gear to another and jump on the diet train. My favourite word is balance and I think some indulgence can actually be good for us, both mentally and physically. Banishing certain foods can lead to feelings of deprivation and lead to disordered eating habits. So say no to detoxes and strict diets this year!

If you are feeling a bit sluggish and you are ready to get back into you healthy habits, here are a couple of my go to tips:

My top easy ways to reset your diet:

  1. Drink more water. Probably the easiest and fasted way to decrease bloat and help detox the liver is to drink more water. Try starting your day with at least 500 mLs of water with some lemon juice. This helps to wake up your digestive system and aid in detoxification. Aim for minimum two liters of water per day, more if you are active. Spice up your water by adding cucumber, ginger or mint. Coconut water and caffeine free herbal teas are also good sources of hydration.
  2. Eat more greens. Aim to include greens at each of your main meals. Throw spinach into your smoothie, grab a green juice, or add some broccoli or kale in to your main meals. Greens are loaded with antioxidants that help combat free radical damage to our cells. I don’t know about you but I am craving all the veggies right now!
  3. Get your sweat on. As hard as it may be getting into the swing of things again, go for a work out. Even if it’s just a walk to get your blood and circulation going. Try going to the sauna or for a hot yoga session to reset the mind and body. Movement helps get your lymphatic system going, boosts endorphins and your energy levels.
  4. Aim to have protein at each meal and snack. Protein helps to keep us full and stabilize blood sugar levels. Try having greek yogurt in your breakfast smoothie or added to oats. Include quality protein sources such as organic chicken, wild caught fish or organic tempeh or tofu at lunch and dinner.
  5. Get enough sleep. This is a big one but probably the most underrated. Lack of sleep can affect hormones by raising cortisol levels leading to cravings and overeating.  Aim for 7-8 hours per nights.
  6. Can’t beat the bloat? Try incorporating probiotics and digestive enzymes into your supplement routine. Apple cider vinegar is also excellent for helping to increase stomach acid and breaking down food.

Need some extra help getting back on track? Book a session with our registered holistic nutritionist, Mia Harris. Get a tailored nutrition plan designed around your specific needs and goals. Start 2019 off on the right foot!