Get Your Eating Back On Track After Halloween: 6 Tips To Get You Started
Ma’am? Ma’am! Step away from the candy! I repeat, step away from the candy!!
That is what went through my mind every time I found myself in front of the candy bowl, 5 candy bars deep. I did this for 4 days straight and lets keep it real, I ate them at night too, post Halloween. Ugh. I don’t even like Halloween! So, now that I’ve indulged, I’m over it! Fitness, health and wellness is now my lifestyle and my body deserves better than this. Eating more of the right foods helps to speed up your metabolism which in turn helps to burn more calories.
Now that we’ve admitted to the problem, let’s get our eating back on track. Here are 6 tips to help jump start you in the right direction.
- Decide that you are committed to getting back on track. Set a day to start. Mark it on your calendar, put it in your phone, whatever you need to do. Do this a couple days in advance so you can prepare yourself mentally. Also take this time to get whatever supplies you may need from the store.
- If you can’t control yourself, get rid of the treats! This definitely applies to me. I mean when I think of it, how much candy do my kids really need? Oh right, none. They’ve had enough and so have I. Why fight temptation? Just get rid of it. Donate it. Take it to work. Trash it. Whatever it takes. If you can control yourself, then the rest of the steps should be a breeze!
- Drink water. I’ve never done a special type of cleanse to detoxify my body. I find water to be the ultimate detox tool. I’m not saying some concoctions with other ingredients aren’t beneficial, but water definitely gets the job done. Water helps detoxify by stimulating your liver, kidneys, and digestive system. Your body can hold on to water if you don’t have enough, or get rid of water if you have too much. How much is too much? I strive for a gallon daily. Do a bit of research and listen to your body.
- Preparation is key. Set yourself up for success.
- Decide what you’re going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks, for 7 days. Buy all the ingredients need for those meals. Super Tip: If you have a very busy schedule, try to get fast, healthy snacks and food that you can grab and go, especially if you’re not use to cooking often for yourself.
- Buy Tupperware and or glassware if you need it! I prefer glass. If you’re in the market for some, you can shop for it here.
- Although I’m not a fan of leftovers, I still prepare my food in advance. I deal with it because, well, goals. I cook and prepare my meals for 2 days at a time instead of for the entire week.
- Bring your prepared food with you everywhere. To work, school, the park, everywhere! This will help to keep yourself on track.
- Be accountable! Invite someone to get back on track with you. Maybe a friend, family member, or your spouse. Include the kiddos while you prep your food and make it a family affair. In my experience and opinion, being accountable to someone helps to motivate you because you don’t want to let that person down.
- Don’t Beat Yourself Up. If you should happen to fall off track, it’s not the end of the world. Get it together for your next meal, but do NOT make it a habit. Remember, you’re doing this for you.
Who said all of this fitness business has to be miserable? Yes, it will be a challenge. Yes, temptation is hard at times. But do this for you. You are stronger than you think. What do you do to get back on track in your household? Myself and others would like to know! Leave a comment and inspire us!