Too many glasses of wine? Check.
Too many bites of dessert? Check.
Too many salty carbs? Check.
Too many minutes in front of the tv? Check.
Yes, we definitely indulged a bit more than we had told ourselves last Monday that we said we would. Now it's time to stop kicking ourselves, stop with the regret, excuses and flush out all of the junk from the past few days. Each morning is the start of a new day, a new clean slate.
Here are 5 proven AND easy ways to beat holiday bloat:
1. Water. Try to aim for an ounce per every pound you weigh. If you weigh 135 pounds, aim for 135 ounces. Sip throughout the day. Drink extra if you are exercising or live in a dry or high elevation area. Not a big fan of just plain water? Try it with fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice.
2. Move. Park further away from the door. Take the stairs and not the elevator every chance you can. Do leg lifts and sit ups while watching the news. Get a minimum of 10,000 steps in each day. Walk your dogs a little further than you normally do.
3. Make your own meals in. After indulging in some rich meals, things will and should taste a little bland for the next day or so and that's ok. Time to reset your tastebuds back to normal. Cheesecake should taste rich. It should taste like a luxurious treat. Save loads of calories, salt and money by eating in until Christmas holiday.
4. Weigh yourself. It's easy to get down about how much you overindulged this past weekend but be honest with yourself and get on the scale and weigh yourself and write down the number. Make a plan to keep that number under control. Weigh yourself 1 or 2 times a week through Christmas so you don't step on the scale next year and get a big surprise.
5. Substitute. Little changes add up. Say no to the cake and yes to the fruit. Say no to the morning muffin and bagel and yes to the eggs or protein smoothie. Say yes to any vegetables. Instead of salad dressing substitute balsamic vinegar and a splash of avocado oil or just fresh squeezed lemon juice. Instead of a movie with friends sub in a hike or bike ride with friends instead. Skip tv time and go for a walk. Always be on the look out for better alternatives.
These are 5 simple ways to beat holiday bloat. Get to it. Because, Christmas and New Year's is around the corner and well, we want to enjoy some wine, dessert, salty carbs and movies without having to spend all of first quarter of 2017 in stretchy pants.