How to Recover from the Holidays

December 27th, 2015 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Written by Courtney Brewer, Live Well Omaha Kids

The holiday celebrations aren’t quite over, but you may already be feeling the effects of the eating habits you’ve had the last couple of weeks. We can thank that holiday kick-off (better known as Thanksgiving) for putting our bodies into indulging mode. The holiday parties, the goodie platters from the neighbors, those favorite little treats that you snuck into your own Christmas stocking. It’s so hard to stay on track, so now we have to go on the defense and spend the beginning of the year focusing on getting rid of those extra pounds.

It’s important to start the new year off by being a good role model for our children. Here are some quick tips to help YOU recover from the holidays, so you can move forward being healthy in 2016:

  • Clean house: Just because you spent time making all of these goodies — or you received them as a gift — doesn’t mean you have to eat all of them. You’ve had a chance to taste all of it, now toss them or you’ll continue snacking. It’s best just to get rid of the temptation.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: All of that salt and sugar needs to get flushed from your system, so make sure you’re getting eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day, the recommended amount for adults. It will relieve the bloating and help your digestive system get back to normal. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
  • Buy healthy foods: Stock up on the fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These high fiber foods will also aide your digestive system. Eating lean proteins such as fish, chicken and turkey will help cleanse your system of the after effects of over eating. Plus, you’ll be able to satisfy those sugar cravings with apples, oranges and berries.
  • Get moving: It’s important for adults to fit at least 30 minutes of physical activity into their daily routine. If you continued to workout during the holidays, consider adding an extra day of exercise to your week or add an extra 15 minutes to each workout to counter those extra calories you took in.
  • Set a goal and be realistic: Putting on the pounds is a little easier than taking them back off, but don’t get frustrated. Be realistic, think long-term and aim for healthy weight loss. Eat healthy foods and get regular exercise and you will get those extra pounds off.

Recovery is easier when you are already practicing healthy lifestyle habits. If you’re looking for ways to make some healthy changes for your entire family in 2016, we’ve outlined some New Year’s Resolutions for you to get started with. Happy holidays from your friends at Live Well Omaha Kids and we wish you a healthy, happy 2016!




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