After a relaxing week or two in the sun, getting back to the daily grind can be seriously tricky for the best of us. When it comes down to it, we would all rather be lounging in the sun than sitting at a desk, right? Getting back on the health wagon may feel like the last thing you want to do, but avoiding it will only make you feel worse in the long run. Some may find easing themselves back into their healthy regime the best way to approach this; with regards to exercise especially, gradually building up to your usual routine can make it things much less difficult. For others, biting the bullet and jumping straight back into a full workout routine is the best option; it’s all about finding what works for you (other than booking another holiday ASAP, of course).
FIRST THING’S FIRST
That first Monday back after a week spent perfecting that sun kissed glow is always going to feel like a bit of a struggle – but stress not! With a few fool-proof tips, you’ll be back in work mode before you know it! Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast is sure to set you up for the day – think supercharged energy levels, getting you ready to power through your morning with no sudden blood sugar spikes! As cliché as it sounds, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and skipping it or opting for the not-so-healthy option will only make you crave unhealthy foods later in the day (we’ve all been there!).
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: warm water with lemon is undoubtedly the perfect way to kick start your day as it encourages the body to get the digestive system going for the day. If you’re feeling brave, add ½ a tsp of apple cider vinegar for a nutrient boost that will leave you feeling ready to take on anything! Try adding juices to your diet as much as possible for the week following your holiday too; this allows your body to restore any nutrients that may have been lacking throughout your holiday – as well as making you feel and look like the ultimate goddess!
BACK TO BASICS
Sometimes, when aiming to get back to the slightly healthier version of yourself post-holiday, the most effective way of doing so is to bring things back to basics. Prioritise drinking water and staying hydrated in order to flush out all the toxins in your body that may have increased from slightly over-indulgent (but well-deserved!) alcohol and food consumption; this will also in turn make you feel great! Something which often slips people’s minds is the importance of rest, ensuring you are getting enough rest is key; sleep is an integral component for maintaining optimal health and wellbeing, so aim to allocate a short period of time to rest rather than going straight back into everyday life. This will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever life throws at you – tired does not equal motivated!
BE SUGAR – AWARE
Although it can prove a little challenging, aim to avoid refined sugar where possible as this creates a blood sugar spike, ultimately resulting in an energy slump. This will leave you feeling sluggish, doing absolutely no good for those post-holiday blues. If you’ve been consuming lots of sugary cocktails (erm, maybe one…or two!) and ice cream on your getaway, you may feel the effects of this long after you’ve arrived home, so it’s super important not to fuel this even further with more sugar laden snacks.
It’s also a good idea to set small measurable goals, if the idea of returning immediately to your personal picture of health sounds a little overwhelming at first!
Many people tend to crash diet after a holiday in a bid to rid any excess weight gain, however we cannot stress enough that this is likely to do more harm than good. Don’t deprive yourself of snacks, just ensure they’re the ones that your body will thank you for! Obviously we love our Blondies, Brownies, Flapjacks and Red Velvets from our Naturally Sassy Food range, but you can see all our other favourite snack ideas as well as why it really is so important to snack here: http://www.naturallysassy.co.uk/reviews-rambles/a-guide-to-healthy-snacking
If you’ve lost your passion for cooking after your blissful break then we seriously recommend checking back in with some recipes and websites that inspire you to get ‘back in the zone’ in the most delicious but healthful way possible (we’ve heard Naturally Sassy isn’t bad..). Another way of getting some recipe inspo is by checking out Pinterest for some beautiful meal ideas, easily accessible when in need of inspiration (erm, raw vegan cheesecake anyone?). Compiling a meal plan could be handy also as this makes cooking for the week a whole lot simpler. Creating bulk meals at the beginning of the week and placing the leftovers in freezing portions makes for a hassle-free, cost-effective dinnertime whilst still allowing you to enjoy wonderfully nourishing and delicious food. A few hours of cooking equates to a whole week’s worth of fuss-free and healthy ready meals, perfect for aiding you on your journey back to the healthiest version of you!
In short, trying to pack in as many nutrient dense foods into your diet following your summer hols is a pretty failsafe method of getting back on track. You’ll be sure to feel amazing, which in turn will motivate you to continue. Don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself craving the Pina Colada you were served a week ago or that dreamy pizza you inhaled as soon as it was served to your table – you’re only human after all! Allow yourself some treats but remember that balance is key, and by following even one of these tips, you can trust that you’ll be back to your usual health goddess self in no time!