Let’s get this out of the way first—no one and I mean NO ONE eats or should eat perfectly every day. It is simply not possible and it also leaves exactly zero room for any fun or pleasure. Food is one of the great joys of life and the thought of constantly restricting, depriving, dieting or shaming ourselves about it is exhausting. This also applies to exercise and other wellness activities. Consistency with a good touch of moderation is always the way to go instead of feeling like you are on a perpetual diet. Living well through proper nutrition and exercise is a lifestyle. There is no “off” cycle once you adopt a healthier way to live and ideally, after you reach a certain point, you won’t want to live any other way. From time to time, we all get off track whether it’s from stress, travel, just not feeling it or simply being human. Here are some keys ways to find your balance again:
*Do not punish yourself or speak negatively about it. Acknowledge however you got off track and start anew now—not that murky “one day.” Now-the present time. You were living your life. Maybe you were on vacation and made memories, good ones, hopefully. Or you had to go through some stressful times and that’s how you coped.
*Start moving. You don’t have to exercise like a maniac or punish yourself with hardcore routines. Just start back with 30-45 minutes of movement and as your day goes on, find ways to walk more. Get up from your desk and do a few laps. Take a 10 minute walk after dinner. Park further away when you are shopping. Take stairs. This all adds up.
*Drink plenty of water. Water is a great way to reset your body, providing it with proper hydration, lubricating your joints and helping all your organs work efficiently. Add in some lemon for Vitamin C and aim for half of your bodyweight in ounces per day. Drink more if you are especially active or finished a strenuous workout.
*Make mindful food choices. Pay attention to what you are eating and think about how you want to feel going forward. Instinctively, you would reach for colorful, fresh foods like vegetables and fruits. Eat at home and take the time to meal plan, prep your food and cook in advance so you know exactly what you are going to eat for that week.
*Sleep. Get proper, restorative, deep sleep to help your body recover, to find mental clarity and to just feel good! Sleep is the best medicine for many of the body’s ailments. This is especially true if you have jet lag or haven’t been sleeping well during a stressful week.
*Find gratitude and mindfulness in every day. Remember the good things you have in your life, remember the kind of person you are and be thoughtful with your words and actions to yourself and those around you.
*Keep going. Do not give up on yourself because you got off track. Just keep going. Even if you feel like it is an impossible task, one healthy choice will beget another healthy choice. If you do one healthy thing, it will build your confidence and momentum.
These are easy and simple steps to incorporate into your life to get you back on track. Consistency with your health and mindful choices about nutrition will be the keys to feeling good once again.