Ever had a crazy week or weekend where healthy went out the window a little a bit and you want to get back on form? Maybe it was a hangover; a celebration or holiday; or even you just got a little caught out and weren’t as organised as usual?
Rest assured, it happens to the best of us, and the key is all in how you bounce back. After dialling up my own healthy post birthday recovery this weekend, I thought I’d share my five favourite tips and strategies to help you get back on healthy (low sugar) track pronto.
Yesterday morning I got back from Ibiza which was my birthday holiday treat this year. Although known as the party island, me and my friend Katie truly packed in a real mixture of things into just 4 days. I found myself on my birthday at the super healthy Passion Cafe for breakfast, followed by a cultural stroll around the town looking at beautiful clothes I could not afford, followed by a boat trip and then some drinks and a party. Talk about getting it all in there!
Whilst one night we ate at this stunning restaurant where I had some beautiful fresh baked fish, salad and potato (for anyone going it was called La Brasa), there were many points on the holiday where I was far from healthily virtuous. I tend to have a more relaxed attitude these days as I feel in control of my diet and advocate empowerment of your own choices. However, white bread, crisps, alcohol and just a sheer lack of vegetables threw me off (interestingly not extreme sugar). I could feel the impact by the last day and I had spots – which I take for granted is one of my favourite healthy diet benefits these days.
So here are my tips and strategies for getting back on it. Some are just plain practical and some are more around the mindset side of things. Both are really important here…
1. Get serious greens in
I’d put good money that the main thing lacking or neglected in your unhealthy spout will have been green produce. Iceburg lettuce does not quite cut it nutritionally, but is often the salad of choice in places. When you’re hungover too, chances are that you’re perhaps not craving watercress right? Get dark, leafy produce back into your diet as soon as possible to inject maximum nutrition. Broccoli, kale, rocket, spinach – think green my friends, think green!
2. Variety over restriction
The impulse reaction I see with those getting back on track is a total ban of xyz food stuffs or an overly strict punishing ordeal. Move away from this. Start seeing variety and colour as primary importance. Literally pack in a wide ranges of foods into your diet and you increase your chances of ingesting valuable vitamins and nutrients that will help your body recover, restore depleted minerals and aid your body in functioning as an efficient fat burning machine.
3. Be mindful of where you’re at with sugar cravings
If you fell off the sugar wagon (more than a general unhealthy one) then you will need to be mindful of the fact that stronger fructose cravings might be a side effect. If control is your end goal and your sugar cravings are stronger than before, consider a lower fructose diet (or programme like Mentor Me Off Sugar) for a short period of time to pull you and your pallette back to a better level of control with the sweet stuff.
4. Think soups, smoothies and salads
Earlier I mentioned greens and variety as paramount importance. I find the easiest way with this is soups, smoothies and salads so pack in these for as many meals as possible. Smoothies you can add all sorts of superfood powders or healthy supplements whilst soups and salads you can pack in 5-7 different vegetables in one hit. Yesterday I must have eaten over 10 different types of fruit and vegetables, seriously!
5. Feel excited for your body
This is SO important. Move away from a punishment mindset to an empowered and excited one. So instead of saying to yourself ‘you were BAD then and therefore you need to sort it out’ say ‘oh hello body, I’m excited to nourish you to the max and show you the power of food in making you feel incredible again’. This a excellent chance for you to physically feel and appreciate what a healthy, lower sugar and nutrient dense diet does for you. It can serve as excellent motivation to repeat these nourishing steps in the future and flexes that bouncing back muscle.
It’s been just over 24 hours since I got back from my sleep robbing overnight flight from Ibiza and I am feeling good. I’m so passionate about what healthy food can do for you that I had to share these tips asap – hope they help!
Have you got any good things you tend to do post holiday, hangover or birthday celebrations to get you back on top form? Share in a comment below and we’ll have an incredible resource of strategies between us…