You there! Yes, you. Step away from the Snickers. It’s been five days since Halloween, and it’s time to cool it with the candy.
This post is for me as much as it is for you, because I may have overindulged in the sweet stuff myself. Even health coaches have trouble resisting Reese’s and M&Ms. Well…this one does anyway. Luckily for me, my son already ate all of his candy.
(Here’s how that went down.
Me: Oh my god! You ate all of that candy in three days??!!
Him: Yeah…but aren’t you glad it’s out of the house?
<sigh> This kid knows me too well.)
So, time for us all to get back on track. Here are my tried-and-true methods for bouncing back:
- Forgive yourself. There is no wagon and you didn’t fall off. Absolutely no self-loathing allowed. We all need a little course-correction from time to time. It’s okay.
- Remove your trigger foods. If you don’t happen to have a teenage human vacuum to do it for you, it’s time to get rid of the candy (or chips or cookies or ice cream, or whatever food you can’t stop eating once you start). It’s not forbidden — no food is forbidden — but why make things hard on yourself? Just get it out of the house while we reset.
- Drink tons of water. Help your body heal and flush out toxins by drinking a lot of water. (Even better, try some blue solar water!) You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces per day, more if you’re exercising. For instance if you weigh 130 pounds, you would drink at least 65 ounces of water.
- Get some sun, fresh air and exercise. A brisk walk outside will take care of all three, and will both energize and calm you. Spending time outside in nature has a magical way of doing both of those things at once, and helps us sleep better at night too.
- Eat fresh whole foods. I hesitate to even use the word “cleanse” because the last thing we want to do now is boomerang from one extreme to the other (which will just lead to another binge). So let’s just call it a reset instead. A mini-reset away from processed, sugar- and chemical-laden non-foods, and back toward fresh, light, delicious, nutrient-rich nourishment like the yummy fall salad pictured in the photo above. After days of sugar, every cell in our bodies is crying out for real food! Think salads, smoothies, homemade soup, roasted veggies, organic free-range meat, wild-caught seafood, fresh fruit, and quinoa. Simple, unprocessed, whole.
- Plan for cravings. Unfortunately, when we eat sugar every day for days on end, our bodies come to expect it. It takes a little while to get the message that sweets are off the menu, and powerful cravings can hit, usually around the same time each day. My favorite weapon against a sugar craving is an apple. A sliced apple dipped in raw almond butter will satisfy the body’s urge for something sweet and provide a little fat and protein for satiety as well. Another idea is to savor a cup of hot cinnamon tea sweetened with just a touch of raw honey or a couple drops of stevia.
I’m on my way to the grocery store to stock up on the yummy whole foods my body needs! How about you, my lovelies? How did you fare over Halloween?