Did you throw caution to the wind and enjoy all the holiday goodies? I hope so, I sure did. The holiday binge is inevitable but all it takes is a little smart eating to get back on track. Heres a great example of how to do it the healthy way, and guess what? No fasting, juicing or other wacky diet craze necessary!
Full day of eating to get back on track
Don’t be tempted to skip breakfast in an attempt to make up for going over on calories the day before. Fill up with a wholesome well-balanced meal of protein and fiber rich foods. My post christmas breakfast was a random concoction from a leftover fruit platter. It felt super clean and refreshing.
200g honeydew melon, 50g strawberries, 50g banana,140g cottage cheese, 7g special K cinnamon pecan cereal 260 calories 1F/45C/21P
Mid Morning snack
The last thing I do when I’m cleaning up my daily intake is deprive myself, fast, or go long amounts of time without eating. For me this leads to HANGER, losing control and eating everything in sight. So I like to have smaller meals every 2-4 hrs. Like 6 peanut butter cups……Say What? yes you heard me right. I snacked on 6 of my healthy cream of wheat peanut butter cups. (This was a past newsletter recipe that went out to subscribers.)
6 cream of wheat peanut butter cups – 308 calories with 20 grams of protein
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Drinking lots of water is incredibly important, get in those 8-10 cups! You can also stay hydrated through high water content fruits and veggies. See a great list of them HERE. My lunch was loaded with them! It was super filling but felt light and healthy.
85g butter lettuce, 25g carrots, 50g grapes, 1 hardboiled egg, 105g edamame, 100g cooked spaghetti squash, 50g cucumber, 10g special k cheddar chips 351 calories 11F/42C/22P
I hit the golf course for a full 18 (ahhhhh the benefits of being in Florida during the winter) and then took a dip in the pool. Afterwards I replenished with a protein packed snack.
Egg White salad and 1 serving rice veggie blend crackers 226 calories 1F/29C/22P
When I’m get my diet back on track I tend to stay away from meat. There is nothing wrong with eating it at all, this is just my preference. I guess after all the heavy holiday dishes I crave foods that don’t sit so heavy in my stomach. This salad is the perfect dinner for this. Filled with wholesome foods, meat free but still packing in the protein.
Spinach Beet Salad with creamy blue cheese dressing 286 calories 7.5F/22.6C/33P
Yes, I still have desert when I’m eating to getting back on track. I have said it before, for me I don’t think of it as desert. I always plan out my meals for the day and my “dessert” is simply my 5th meal of the day. I just happen to make it a sweat one. Todays healthy dessert was the last of the rice pudding I had lying around from Mondays post.
Eggnog Rice Pudding (3 servings)- 222 calories 2F/36C/15P
And that finishes off my day at roughly 1653 calories (31F/204C/133P) . I had room to eat more but after all that rice pudding I was plenty full and felt no need for more food. As you can see I did not restrict or deprive myself. I had a well-balanced day filled with wholesome, clean foods. This is how I am eating to get back on track moving forward in the new year.
Did you enjoy your holidays?
Are you trying to get back on the healthy eating train?
Do you have a plan of attack for eating to get back on track after indulging?