Happy New Year! I hope your 2015 ended with a bang and all of that wonderful energy continues into 2016! If you’re anything like me and feeling like your poor body has taken a turn for the worst with all the sugar, alcohol and lack of sleep, this post goes out to you.
The worst part of January for me is always the lack of motivation to get back into healthy routine after such a crazy high in December. Usually come January I start feeling a little depressed. The days get longer and darker and summer seems miles away. This year I’ve decided to make a change. This year my New Years resolution is to actually enjoy these next couple winter months instead of dreading them deeply. I invite you to join me!
The math is simple, when you feed yourself crap, you’re going to feel like crap. My January 2016 health plan basically requires feeding my body with positive thoughts and healthy food to be successful! Game plan as follows:
1. Reduce, reduce, reduce sugar!
Oh boy, this is going to be a hard one. I over did it on the sugar this holiday season. Yikes! Sugar is addicting. The more you eat it, the more you crave it. My goal is to limit myself to no refined sugars for the first three weeks (21 days) to fully reset the body. When I say reduce sugar, I also recommend reducing your fruit intake to only 1-2 helpings, if that. Sugar, even in fruits, is still sugar that your body doesn’t need! Instead of eating more fruits, add more veg!
2. Drink up that H2O.
I’ve been bad lately with hydrating properly. This one is kinda a given, but your body needs to flush out those holiday toxins. Make sure you drink around 10 cups of water a day! That way your skin will glow!
3. Body brush it up.
Sounds weird but body brushing is a great way to detox. They are not that expensive. I think I got mine for $13 at Whole Foods. All you do is just lightly brush your body every day to get rid of dead skin cells and reduce the look of cellulite. I love how soft my skin is!
4. Reduce grains & gf substances.
Usually when you see ‘gluten free’ people think it means”healthy”. Well a lot of people don’t know that some gluten free things are filled with high sugar corns and rices which are actually worse for you then wheat. For the next little while try and avoid gluten free products and just use plant based veggies! You’ll be getting less calories and more vitamins.
If you gained a couple pounds and need to lose them or even if you feel like you need some extra motivation, get a journal and write down your health goals. Studies show you are more likely to succeed in your goals if you write them down and look at them on a regular basis. I highly suggest if you are looking to slim down you also journal your measurements versus weight because sometimes weight has nothing to do with your success; as muscle weighs more than fat.
6. Feed yourself happy & positive thoughts.
This one is really hard for me. Overall health is so much more than just a number on a scale or inches on a tape measure. This year I’m starting to write down positive things about myself. We so often forget to remind ourselves how lovely we are. You can also write down things you are thankful for or happy about!
7. Get back into a fitness routine.
I’ve been having such a hard time working out with all this travel! I am looking forward to getting back into a well rounded work out regime. When I say well rounded I mean, yoga for the mind, stretching for the body, and good ole’ fashion hard workouts. Write down how you plan to execute the best fitness plan for yourself! For me I like to include 4-5 30 minute cardio sessions a week with some pilates, yoga and toning. Stay tuned for my future workout plan!
8. Sleep time.
If you’re like me and lacking sleep, it’s time to catch up! Skip the Netflix marathon at midnight and get at least 8 hours of sleep. The more sleep you get the less you’ll crave sugary fattening foods.
9. Breakfast always.
Everyone always says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which may not necessarily be true but I do believe a high protein and high fiber breakfast goes a long long way for someone trying to improve their health habits. I usually have a protein pancake or high protein oatmeal to stabilize blood sugars and keep full all morning long.
10. Portion control!
Portions really have to do with what works best for you. For me, I like to usually eat like this:
Breakfast: 500 calories
Snack: 300 calories
Lunch: 300 calories
Snack: 250 calories
Snack: 150 calories
Dinner: 300 calories
Snack: 150 calories.
If I workout I usually increase my calorie intake by quite a bit but I like eating small later in the day. Some people however thrive off of three square meals a day and that’s it. For me personally, I hate feeling hungry so I need to constantly be feeding myself to avoid over eating. As for the calories aspect, nowadays I don’t really count my daily calories, however, if you’re looking to lose some weight maybe get a fitness app like Calorie Counter and track it! That way you can get a good sense how how you should eat daily.
11. Love your body.
There’s no sense in poisoning yourself with negative thoughts about yourself. Love your body because it gives you life and allows you to do so many things.
12. Make attainable goals.
In whatever goals you intend on making for your health, wellness and fitness, make sure they are attainable. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure.
May your 2016 year be a healthy one!
*Photo is taken from weheartit.com account: miss_freckle.