So, You Ate Too Much… Now What?
You promised yourself that you’d stay on-track on Thanksgiving, but here you are remorseful after a day of feasting, bloating, carb comas, and empty calories. According to research, an average person gains 7-12 lbs between Thanksgiving and the New Year!
The more immediate question we usually ask ourselves is “What Have I Done?” or “Why Did I Do That?”. The answer to these questions is always guilt-filled and full or negative thoughts and emotions. A more useful question is one that is solution-oriented and would move you in the right direction: “What Can I Do Now?”
Here are three things you can do:
- Forgive Yourself: Overeating may be bad for your body, but it’s not a crime. You are human and guilt and remorse will have no positive influence on a healthy lifestyle. Moving past the guilt is the first step in getting on a healthy track. Be kind to yourself. What would you tell your best friend who is feeling bad about overeating? Say it to yourself.
- Resume Clean Eating ASAP: An overeating episode will not influence your weight that much. It’s just one page out of the entire book. Problems will occur when an overeating episode leads to a whole chapter of poor choices. The sooner you get back on track, the easier it is to stay on course.
- Cleanse the Next Day: This does not mean skip meals, or only drink juice. This could be as simple as starting the day with some warm lemon water and ending it with a great nutritious veggie soup or bone broth. Think how you can love on your body the following day. Perhaps a yoga class or a hike!