People at this time of year end up going overboard with the holiday delicacies then shortly afterward endure the harshest of dietary regimes as a consequence. After stuffing their faces all holiday season and suffering the guilt that follows, the health conscious swallow gallons of detoxifying drinks, live on kale smoothies or even move to extreme measures such as the often touted and simultaneously dreaded lemon water cleanse. But a few weeks or a month of extreme eating cannot redeem over-the-top holiday excesses. In fact, the body becomes distressed going from binge eating to a Spartan diet in a matter of a few days. What’s more, this kind of extreme dieting doesn’t have staying power.
Look past any gluttony acted upon during the holidays. Instead, seek a long-term healthful outlook on food and eating. This will help you resolve your New Year’s dietary resolutions in a sustainable manner. Why not resolve just to eat a little healthier? Studies have shown that those who have a diet they can stick to, with a little cheating here and there, eat healthier overall. Incorporate the following advice in your New Year’s food resolutions and you’ll see a new, healthier, happier and brighter you, long-term.
Limit processed foods. Anything that comes in a package should get the boot. Of course you can keep one small pack of your favorite cookies in the cupboard or in back of your desk for those emergencies when you just NEED one. Other than that, opt for fresh natural food and snacks. Don’t eat unless you are hungry. There are probably half a dozen times during our day that we pass food that calls us. Other times we grab for it when stressed, upset or dismayed. Find other ways to get the emotional release you are looking for such as talking to a coworker, seeing a funny YouTube video, or having a squeeze ball to attack.
Sometimes a big glass of water, or an apple or carrot will push out that chocolate chip cookie craving. Substitute usual unhealthy go-to snacks such as chips and crackers with healthful alternatives such as unsalted seeds, nuts, or apple slices with peanut butter. Hummus and whole wheat pita isn’t too bad either. Avoid added sugar and fat wherever possible. Soon you’ll find it’s easy to eat healthier in the New Year. You may even influence those around you to do the same.