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Hope everyone had a great weekend bringing in the new year. Despite spending 6 hours in a car trying to get home on New Year’s day, it was definitely a weekend to remember. It didn’t help when one of my friends in the car reminded me I could have flown to Dubai and back during the same duration. Oh well, reaching home never felt so good! As much as I’m going to miss the December festivities, I am looking forward to going back to routine and eating normally. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel kind of bloated. Most people attend Midnight Mass in December…I, on the other hand, seemed to regularly attend Midnight Mass-ive. In other words, almost every night out would be followed by going to get food.
I don’t regret any single bite nor do I feel guilty about it and if I had the chance to do it all over again, you bet I would. I don’t see the big deal in indulging if you eat a mostly healthy diet a majority of the time. However I am looking forward to eating wholesome food, to feeling hungry (as opposed to non-stop eating), and eating at regular hours. Other than weight reasons, I love how energetic and alive whole, real foods make me feel.
Rather than dwell about feeling bloated or count calories and end up losing my mind, I am going to do the same thing I always do after any period of indulgence: resume my healthy eating habits immediately. In other words:
- 3 normal meals and 1-2 snacks in between: To avoid overeating later in the day and losing control at the sight of food, I need to eat regularly.
- Go back to the basics in terms of eating: rather than eliminate food groups entirely, I am going to stick to eating:
Wholegrain carbs in the form of rye/whole-wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, whole-wheat pasta, oats, and wholegrain cereal
Lean protein: soy mince, beans, tofu, eggs, chicken breast, fish/seafood, yogurt
Healthy fats: nuts, avocado, peanut butter, salmon, olive/truffle oil, flax/chia seeds
- Keep my portions in check: In general, I try to fill my plate with ½ fruits & veggies, ¼ carbs and ¼ protein. It works for me, fills me up and keeps my cravings at bay! While this might not always be possible, including a source of protein in every meal is a biggie for me.
- Work out 5 times a week: Ankle permitting, I am going to start training for a 10km in order to feel motivated about my workouts and hold me accountable.
- Drink lots of H20:
- Not use every meal out as an excuse to indulge in dessert: And no, a couple of pieces of chocolate daily doesn’t count as dessert in my books !
- Limit my intake of processed/packaged foods
- Try to eat less sugar: My cravings for sweet foods went through the roof in December and I need to tame it. Despite their lack of sugar/calories, I’ve read that sweeteners actually encourage sweet cravings. Hopefully my New Year’s resolution to give up Diet Coke will help nip it in the bud!
And my biggest advice to those who are also trying to start their year on a healthier note:
- Every meal is a new chance to get back on it: Even if you mess up your healthy eating intentions in one meal, the next meal is a clean slate.
How do you get rid of the bloated feeling post-holiays?