POSTED BY Allison Schulman | Jan, 08, 2019 |

The holiday season can be both joyous and challenging because of heavy meals and festive drinks. A year of good eating and exercise can seemingly be undone in just a few weeks. Here are 7 quick and easy tips to get you back on track in 2019.

1. Downsize your dishes.
Use a smaller dinner plate to help cut down portions of high-calorie foods like mashed potatoes or pasta. You’ll reduce your calorie intake without even realizing.

2. Increase hydration.
Carry a reusable water bottle throughout the day to help keep you hydrated. Water helps relieve constipation, flush out toxins and reduce bloating.

3. Eliminate calorie bombs.
During the holiday season, there’s a tendency to drink a few more cocktails and enjoy an extra dessert or two. In the new year, think about one high calorie, low nutrition food from your daily intake that you can eliminate. Once you’re able to tackle that, you can build from there and try cutting out a second one. The results will include better zzz’s and more stable energy throughout the day.

4. Don’t forget the “superfoods.”
Most holiday fare is loaded with sugar and refined carbohydrates which have been suggested to fuel inflammation and play a role in many illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Superfoods such as berries, leafy greens, beans, olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds and salmon have natural properties that can help fight off and reduce inflammation.

5. Create a balance of macronutrients.
Be sure your meals contain a combination of lean protein, fruit and vegetables, a whole grain and healthy fat. Consuming complete meals like this throughout the day will support your energy and metabolism as well as prevent you from grazing in between meals.

6. Listen to your body.
Think about how certain foods make you feel. Choose foods that help maintain your health and well-being. Avoid food that makes you feel sluggish, tired and moody. Stop eating when you’re full. By doing so, you’ll go about the day energized and satisfied.

7. Make exercise a priority.
Put working out at the top of the list and get it done in the morning. Not only will you feel energized and happy all day long, but you’ll burn calories more effectively throughout the day.

Still have questions or need a kick in the pants? Reach out to me so we can review your typical routine and tweak it until it’s just right.

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