Easy Steps to Get Back on Track After Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has come and gone. Yesterday was filled with parades, expressions of gratitude, and maybe a game or two. If I had to venture a guess, you likely enjoyed the traditional holiday spread of turkey, dressing, desserts, and drinks. Your plate might not have exactly resembled a "healthy plate," and you probably indulged a bit more than you typically would on a regular day. If you loaded up on delicious treats, skipped a workout or meditation, and simply had a great time, you might not be feeling your best today. Add in the travel or preparations for the big day, and it's understandable if you're a bit worn out. So, how do we reset after the Thanksgiving festivities without feeling guilty?
The Thanksgiving feasting can leave your body, mind, and mood feeling a bit off. Of course, one day of indulgence won't throw you off completely, but here are three simple tips to bring you back on track without the need for guilt.
Getting Back on Track After Thanksgiving
1. Prioritize Some Extra Rest: As we dive into the holiday season, with its parties, dinners, and events, it's easy to overlook the importance of sleep. Today is the perfect time to commit to an early bedtime or even sneak in a short nap this afternoon. Prioritizing rest not only benefits you but can have positive effects on the whole family. Keep your daytime nap to a reasonable duration—around 30-45 minutes—avoiding the risk of feeling groggy instead of refreshed.
2. Resist the Second Serving Temptation:
Rather than going for seconds on yesterday's feast, consider packing up those delicious leftovers into single-serving meals and freezing them for later. Today, focus on meals that support your body's recovery, incorporating foods rich in folate such as fruits, veggies, beans, and whole grains. Folate has been shown to have positive effects on heart, neurological, and emotional health. So, if yesterday's celebration involved a bit of excess, adding folate to your diet today is a great way to revitalize your body and mind.
3. Reintroduce Movement into Your Day: If your regular exercise routine took a backseat during the holiday hustle, it's okay. Instead of waiting until the New Year to get back on track, take action today. Ease back into your routine with simple activities like stretching on a yoga mat or heading outdoors for a brisk walk. Staying active during the season not only helps maintain your waistline but also reduces stress, setting you up to genuinely enjoy the festivities.
4. Prioritize Hydration: Amidst the holiday celebrations, it's easy to forget the importance of staying hydrated. If you enjoyed a bit more food and perhaps a few drinks yesterday, it's essential to re-hydrate your body today. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush out toxins and aid digestion. Consider infusing your water with slices of fresh fruit for a refreshing twist. Hydration not only supports your body in recovering from the festivities but also helps maintain your energy levels, leaving you feeling revitalized as you navigate the holiday season.
Remember, it's all about balance and enjoying the holiday season without the need for regret.