Hi and happy Feel-Good Monday!
This is where we share our favorite tips, tricks, secrets, and ways to "think like a healthy person" so that you can find your own delicious path to healthy living.
"Feel-Good Mondays" are meant to help us get back into that place of feeling energized, nourished, and ready to take inspired action for the week ahead.
It's begun: We've kicked off the official "eating season".
There was Thanksgiving last week. Chanukah and Christmas in just a couple of weeks. Holiday parties, trips to the in-laws, and office Christmas cookies, egg nog, latkes, and spiced cakes a'plenty.
One of our health tenants at Moss Wellness is to make time for indulgence in your life, and I certainly do just that! While I don’t go all-out-insane during my holidays, I certainly let loose and eat/drink food that I usually don’t have very often. And I love it!
But as fun and indulgent as the holidays can be, that can make getting back in the swing afterwards a bit tough – with the potential to lead us into a downwards eating spiral. Let’s be honest: The holidays can definitely derail your healthy eating habits, making it challenging to get back to your healthy ways post-holiday season.
The average American gains 5 lbs during the holidays, and most don't take it off after the holidays are over!
But I promise you, you don’t have to live in fear of your calendar! You just need to know the tips, tricks, and tools to get back on track after a holiday party (or during the holiday season).
If you're traveling for the holidays, I've previously shared with you some ways to stay healthy while traveling.
I’ve also shared how to pack healthy foods for the flight out.
Today, I am going to share my top 3 steps to feeling lighter and getting back in the groove post-holiday extravaganza:
1) Soup dinners. One of the best – and easiest – ways to lighten up after an indulgent holiday party (or holiday week) is to ditch the heavy evening meals and switch to a light soup dinner. You can do this for a few days after an indulgent holiday blow-out. Not all soups are created equal (ditch the heavy cream-based bisques in favor of veggie-filled, high fiber, high nutrient choices). Here are some of my go-to favorites for the winter:
2) Salad lunches. By replacing your typical carby lunches (think: sandwiches, rice bowls, pasta) with a bowl full of raw or lightly cooked veggies, you’re naturally supporting the body to gently detox. Salads are a naturally low-sugar, fiber-packed meal that helps to kick sugar cravings to the curb. Just be sure you’re building a balanced salad (no “plain lettuce leaves with 2 tomato slices” as a meal!). We want healthy fats and protein in there, too, for the best energy and metabolism boost. Want salad inspiration? Check out my post on how to build a delicious salad.
3) The Reboot cleanse. The Reboot cleanse is my go-to godsend after a week or two of indulgence. You can start with soup dinners and salad lunches, but if you want to pull out the big guns and get back in the groove quickly (heck, you can get beyond the groove!!), taking a 5 or 10-day Reboot is a great way to go.
Our cleanse was named one of the top 3 cleanses in New York City by Well&Good NYC, and we’re pretty proud of that.
You can feel good every day. And we are here to support you.
P.S. How to you keep healthy and sane during the holidays? We'd love to hear from you on our Facebook page!