The festive Christmas period is now behind us and most of us are looking ahead to the New Year for the possibilities it brings… after eating our fair share of Christmas treats, feasting on all the specialties that only grace our tables during this special time each year, it’s inevitable that January brings along a new mindset about lightening up and energising this post-holiday period.
Generally, people tend to consume a lot more calories during the festive period than they normally do, and this can lead to unwanted weight gain – that can then stick around and accumulate over time if readjustments aren’t made after the holidays. Good news; the extra weight gain can be avoided with mindful eating and balanced but plentiful portions.
Focusing on plant-based foods can help with shifting this unwanted extra that slows you down and takes away from your focus and determination.
The Christmas holidays are a time to enjoy quality time with family, friends and good food. Which often leads to an imbalance of energy intake and expenditure – hence, you start noticing the extra weight and the bloating. But hey, this happens to many because the Christmas period is such an anticipated time where families come together and relax, indulge and forget about the daily grind. It’s easy to lose track. But hey, don’t despair!
In my clinic, I see clients daily with weight management goals and with each and every one, we go through these steps (among many others):
This list is just an example of what needs to be in focus when you’re thinking about lightening up your life – shifting that extra weight and feeling more energised.
If you want to tap into that flowing energy and feel like you’re once again back in control of your life and the choices you make on a daily basis, remember this;
Getting results that last means that you are making lifestyle changes that you want to keep is not ‘a diet or a quick fix’. These are exactly what they suggest, short term and temporary. Do not go for those, they offer nothing but disappointment. Believe me, as a nutrition professional, 30+ woman and Mum, I know. Been there and done that. Not recommended for anything other than quick wins and disappointment.
But if you’re willing to make an investment into your own wellbeing and ready to start feeling more in control, confident and energised, start with this:
Well there you have a few actionable steps that you can start focusing on to begin seeing results from day 2, IF you choose to make it happen for yourself.
As well as the lists of what you can do, I thought I’d add some healthy recipes that can help boost your energy levels from the very first day.
So say, you’re starting with a focus on breakfast, how about you start your day with a smoothie or bowl, such as these:
And then include some healthy energy to prevent the dreaded afternoon slump that will get you reaching for the cookie jar in the blink of an eye. Try a recipe such as this:
Now that you’ve got yourself a plan and some recipes to start off with, it’s time to get cracking and start noticing the difference in no time.
Remember, small steps lead to big results!