Ever wondered why it’s so hard to stick to a diet? Because your body is telling you uhh nuh uh! Where’s the food at?!
With it being Monday and especially with the Holiday season coming up I thought I would chat really quick about the vicsious cycle we sometimes get ourselves in. So you over-indulged a little the past few days? THAT’S OKAY. But instead of trying to restrict and overcompensate (which will probably just lead to more bingeing next weekend), get back to your regular healthy habits. Here are my three tips for a post-holiday or weekend-binge recovery plan.
1. Eat Your Regular Meals
Your “regular” meals being the nutritious, home-cooked meals you’ve been so good at planning and prepping when life doesn’t interrupt that routine.
2. Don’t restrict to compensate for eating more
This leads you into a viscous cycle of weekday restriction and weekend bingeing. Just go back to normal without trying to overcompensate for the past few days of damage you might have done. You’ll be doing your body a favor if you avoid restriction.
3. Prepare In Advance
To accomplish the first two tips, you have to prepare for it in advance. Coming home from a vacation on a Sunday evening does not exactly leave you a lot of time to plan and prep food for the week, right? And it’s unrealistic to assume that you will do that. SO, my tip is to plan ahead. The weekend before you have a trip or extra busy weekend coming up, prep enough food to store some away in the freezer so you at least have a couple days to re-group after your vacation before you have to meal prep again. This one is HUGE. I find the even when I don’t have a crazy weekend or vacation coming up, I often intentionally make extra of a freezer-friendly meal prep to put away to have when those things do arise.
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