The Post-Holiday Diet

the post holiday diet We all know the feeling.

The feeling of regret the day after a holiday or cheat day, when you wake up wishing calories didn’t count on holidays, and fighting the mental battle between eating really clean today or giving up and finishing yesterday’s leftovers.

(Whatever you do, don’t do that!)

Well I’ve been there, done that, and after doing some research I put together a plan of action for a post-holiday, low-carb diet that really works.

The reason why it’s a low-carb diet is because your glycogen stores have been filled from all the festivities the day before, and you need some time to deplete them again. If you have more glucose (carbs) today, your glycogen storage units will be overloaded and your food will quickly be stored as fat. Don’t think about making this a low-calorie day specifically, but just a low-carb day.

Do not cut out vegetables. The fiber in veggies help your body flush out toxins and waste quickly, and you definitely need that extra help today. All other carbs from grains, starches, and rice are the ones you need to cut out.

 

The Post-Holiday Diet:

Breakfast #1: Morning vegetable juice smoothie

Breakfast #2: Egg whites with spinach. Almonds or other nuts.

Lunch: Hearty salad with grilled chicken and other vegetables such as mixed peppers, cucumber, tomato, celery, etc. Oil or vinaigrette dressing.

Mid-afternoon snack: Mixed berries, celery with almond butter.

Dinner: Ground turkey with garlic, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, almonds.

Snack: (If you need it) Mixed berries, raw veggies, or a vegetable juice smoothie.

The best thing to do is follow the post-holiday diet for the next three days. It takes a while for your body to completely recover and detoxify after a lot of cheat food. Notice that there are no carbs in any of the meals that are not from vegetables or fats. I also recommend the only fruit you have for the next few days are berries, since most fruit is high in carb content. Also stay away from peanut butter and substitute with almond butter to give you energy without too many carbs.

Here are a few more tips to get yourself feeling 100% back on track!

  1. Freeze, give away, or throw away all your unhealthy holiday leftovers. Usually when I’m about to leave a family Christmas party or dinner, I leave all the leftovers with my relatives for them to take home. If you are the host, then try to send home as many plates of leftovers as possible. However you decide to do it, the best way to a quick post-holiday recovery is to prevent yourself from indulging at all for the next week.
  2. Drink lots of infused water. Check out my recipe for infused water or just water with a few lemon wedges squeezed in works great too. Chances are you’re dehydrated from all the sodium in most holiday foods and from any alcohol you may have had, and infused water has more antioxidants and detoxifying agents than plain water.
  3. Hit the gym with a solid 30 minute workout of High Intensity Interval Training. (This is a must!)
  4. Follow the post-holiday diet above for the next three days.
  5. Don’t beat yourself up 🙂 The holidays are about cherishing family time and enjoying life for a bit, so you deserve a little break from your diet and workout regime. Just take advantage of your rest to bounce right back at it with more vigor and determination than ever!

Good luck!

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Easy Turkey Burgers

turkey burgers

It’s easy to associate the word “burger” with “bad,” but you don’t have to with this awesome recipe! These turkey burgers are amazing and easy to prepare. For a well-rounded meal, add peppers and onions to the grill, and serve with a whole wheat bun and roasted red potatoes.

Ingredients:

1 lb. extra lean ground turkey 

1 egg white 

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 

1/4 c. finely chopped onion 

1/4 tsp. garlic powder 

1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning 

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Thoroughly mix the ground turkey with all the ingredients. Shape into patties and grill or bake till done.

Enjoy!

If you liked this recipe, check out Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken  and Fish Tacos With Chipotle-Lime Sauce too!

Holiday Eggnog

healthy eggnog

With this recipe, there is no excuse for you to pass up the eggnog this Christmas! This holiday eggnog recipe is a great way to keep yourself from doing too much damage during the holidays while still being able to enjoy them.

Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Almond Milk
  • ⅓ Cup Raw Organic Honey
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp Nutmeg
  • Pinch of Ground Ginger and/or Cloves (optional)
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Pour mixture into a pot and simmer for 15 min but do not let it boil.
  3. Serve in mugs with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 145 Protein: 7

Read How To Manage Your Weight During The Holidays for other great practical advice for this season!

The original recipe for this holiday eggnog can be found here.

Detox Water For Fat Loss

infused water

A great trick to keeping the fat off during the holidays (or anytime) is to drink detox water throughout your day. Not only does it taste better than regular water, it keeps you hydrated, and it flushes out impurities to melt off the pounds!

I like to make a gallon a day, let it infuse overnight, and aim to drink the whole thing the next day.

All you need is:

  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 10-15 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cucumber

Add them to your water, let it infuse overnight, and enjoy the benefits! This has got to be the easiest way to make yourself look and feel better.

For another amazingly healthy tip, try this out!

Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

Want to eat healthy AND delicious food? This chicken is quick, easy, and to die for.

Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 500°F and lightly grease a casserole dish.
  2. In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar.
  4. Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes.

Original Recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-garlic-chicken-5478