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Happy New Year & Back On Track!

Here are 5 simple steps to get back on your healthful track.

1. Eat Breakfast After a holiday free-for-all you might not even want to think about food. As tempted as you may be to skip breakfast, don’t. Forgoing the most important meal of a day does more harm to your body than good. Skipping breakfast can lower blood pressure, increase mood swings and decrease physical and mental capacity to perform everyday tasks. It also sets you up to overeat later in the day. Start your day with a nutritious breakfast to jumpstart your health revival.

2. Avoid Processed Foods and Snacks Avoid packaged snacks like chips and popcorn and go organic by taking a handful of raw walnuts and almonds. Focus on snacks packed with fiber like fresh fruits and vegetables. In short, opt for whole food snacks in moderation. 3. Drink Plenty of Water A well-hydrated body burns more calories than a dehydrated one. Drink lukewarm water throughout the day. This will help sweep away extra salt, sugar and toxins from the blood; an unhealthy aftermath of holiday fun. Add green tea in your diet as it helps detoxify the body, making you feel lighter and invigorated. 4. Move Your Body Introduce any kind of physical activity that you love. Call a friend and book a tennis match. Swim with a loved one or jog with your dog. Dedicate at least 30 minutes of your day to increase your physical activity. This will not only relax your mind but would also help soothe your soul. You will feel happier by becoming healthier. 5. Pamper Yourself If you only associate fun with only food, you have yet to visit a massage therapist! Try getting a sauna or steam bath and pamper yourself with a fresh juice drink and a body rejuvenating massage. Cancel your restaurant reservation and instead book yourself a non-food treat that can do your body some permanent good.

Remember: There is nothing that time, mindful attention and action cannot heal. All you need to do is to take it slow and go in the right direction. If you need help, support, accountability and guidance, I have a few slots open starting in January. By eating right, sleeping well, and maintaining a certain amount of physical activity every day, you can kiss post-holiday guilt goodbye, for good.

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