Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Eating Healthy After The Holidays

The holidays are officially over and apparently the extra pounds are here to stay. I thought I had done pretty well with watching what I ate. I didn't really over indulge in the many potlucks at work but I noticed I ate a ton of sweets. Every where I turned there were cookies, cupcakes, chocolate, pies, etc. Hence why my scrub pants are just a bit more snug. Man the struggle is real!

Along with tighter scrub pants, I've noticed I am more tired, sluggish, and lacking energy. I am still in the midst of my half marathon training. Actually the race is in less than two weeks so I have to snap out of it and quickly! So here are a few things I am going to start doing in order to get back to my normal routine:

  1. NO MORE SWEETS! Trash day was yesterday and in it was a bunch of half eaten cakes and pastries. I would have thrown away the almond roca but I didn't want to let it go to waste. hah! 
  2. INCORPORATE MORE VEGGIES/FRUITS. I have never had a problem with fruit intake but the veggies were neglected during the holidays. I went grocery shopping yesterday and grabbed a few to tie me over for the week.
  3. LIMIT PROCESSED FOOD. This one will be a bit harder to wean off since this is what I ate a lot of the last few weeks.
  4. INCORPORATE HEALTHY FATS ONLY. It's as simple as switching saturated fats for healthy fats. These fats are good for your heart and can help raise your good HDL cholesterol, while saturated fats are associated with increased risk of heart disease. 
  5. LIMIT ALCOHOL INTAKE. Since my race is coming up I usually stop drinking a few weeks before hand. This one isn't difficult for me. Frankly the older I've gotten the less I drink which is fine by me.
  6. DRINK MORE WATER. I really need to do this more after the holidays. I didn't drink as much and noticed a huge difference. There were times I thought I was hungry but in reality I was just thirsty.
  7. EAT WHOLE GRAINS. I read a study somewhere that people who eat three or more servings of whole grains have lower body mass indexes and less belly fat than people who eat fewer. So I'll be eating more quinoa, brown rice, and oatmeal.

Anyone else in need of a food detox after the holidays?
Any healthy recipes you willing to share?

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  1. My holiday eating got a little out of control so I'm working on this as well this week, following all the tips you listed already plus trying to make everything from scratch so I can control the ingredients.

    1. That's a great idea! I wish I had more time to cook stuff from scratch this week. Maybe next week :)

  2. It sounds like you have a great plan! I always try to clean up my eating after a vacation or is a good way to get back into the swing of things!

    1. Yes it is! I am hoping I can keep at it especially for my race coming up.

  3. That sounds like a great plan! All those things will help you feel better and race better.

    1. I sure hope so Mattie. Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. I feel exactly the same Daisy! Although I don't go back to work until Monday, I'm thinking that my suits are going to feel a bit tighter! I really like your tips, thanks for sharing. I'm going to try them too. Good luck!

    1. Thanks! At least you have a few days to get back on track. Good luck to you too!