Mardi Gras has finally come to a close in New Orleans, and we’re all wondering how to get back on track. Even if you don’t live in a city that shuts down for 5 days of debauchery (complete with fried food and sugary alcoholic drinks), I’m sure at least a few of you have fallen a little off the bandwagon with those New Years resolutions.
So how, on earth, do we get back on track when fried food and ignoring that need to go to the gym feels so good? I like to take baby steps to get back into the groove – when I throw myself back into things too quickly I find that I burn myself out. Here are some of the small changes Molly and I will be taking to get back on track this week.
1. Drink more tea
Sounds silly, right? I’m usually a coffee person, but tea has been shown to help digestion, lower blood pressure and increase antioxidants to improve overall health. Fresh ginger lemon tea is my personal favorite. The ginger really helps with digestion and the lemon calms my throat. If you’re more of a teabag type of person, yogi tea makes a great option. Molly’s a big fan of green tea for overall health, and I personally like the nuttiness of Genmaicha.
2. Set small, reasonable goals.
Maybe for you it’s spend 30 minutes a day being active – or breaking it up into two 15-minute sessions. Maybe it’s skipping the soda at lunch or the dessert after dinner. Whatever it is, set a small, reasonable goal and maybe even a reminder on your phone. You can do it!
3. Make half your plate vegetables.
We’re not talking make every meal a salad – or even make two meals a day salads. If there’s one easy fix to meal plans, it’s make half your plate vegetables. Maybe don’t coat all of it in cheese or butter if you can, but these are some recipes that might inspire you to change things up and add some more vegetables to your life.
What are some ways you get back on track after letting a little too loose with food and drink?