Vacation and long Holiday Weekends are the best, right?! Typically, they also come with extra temptations, lots of eating out, and if you’re lucky - Ice Cream!
Often times they end with us feeling like we gained 10lbs and feeling tired and down right worn.
So, how do you get back on track after a fun weekend?! I have a few tips that might help!
Don’t Beat Yourself Up! Vacations and long Holiday weekends are far and few in between. Soak up those moments are live in them! Indulge and enjoy! No need to feel guilty about something that is short lived and fleeting!
Don’t Weigh Yourself. First and foremost. Stay off the scale. It will not make you feel better. It will only confirm that you are bloated and carrying some extra water. You know you’re bloated….you can feel it. You don’t need the scale to prove it.
Routine. Hopefully, you’ve established some healthy routines and habits with your nutrition. After a fun weekend, it’s important to fall right back into your routine. You don’t need to starve yourself or go on a 5 day liquid diet in order to combat the vacation bloat. It’s actually imperative that you don’t do those things. Understand that you’ll be bloated for a few days and understand that it’s not permanent fat. Feeling 10 lbs heavier and actually being 10 lbs heavier are two different things. Your body needs time to flush out the “fun”. Be patient and trust the process.
Up Your Fiber. Eat lots of fiber rich foods to help get your digestive system back on track! I usually eat lots of leafy greens (you can put spinach in just about anything to increase your fiber!). Some additional fiber rich foods are chia seeds, flax seeds, beets, broccoli, and berries!
Rest and Hydrate! Make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night to allow your body to rest and recover and HYDRATE! I know the thought of drinking a lot of water when you’re already bloated, is painful. It’s so necessary though. You need that water to help flush the toxins and excess water your body is hanging onto! There’s no better way to fight the bloat than with more water!
Movement! Move your body! Be active and get back into your fitness routine if you have one! You don’t need to do 6 hours of cardio to “burn off” the weekend. That isn’t even a thing so don’t try it. Your normal workout routine is plenty sufficient! (sidenote: this is why I love strength training so much. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Lift heavy ladies!)
All in all, I hope you enjoyed this Holiday Weekend! If you overindulged and are feeling a little off track right now, I hope this helps!