Nobody‘s perfect! We are all human, right? And so once in a while we fall off the wagon and just don‘t stick to our healthy routine anymore. Why is that? Well, there can be many reasons including feeling bored or lonely, stressed or overwhelmed, yoyo-dieting, being with friends and family, and more…
In my case, just last week actually, my parents came to visit me in England for the very first time and as much as I promised myself not to lose control over what I would be eating, I ended up with pizza appearing in front of me and an ice cream cone jumping into my hand to only name a few. Sometimes it just feels too good to indulge when you‘re in great company, enjoying the last summer days of the year, and not worrying about anything other than having fun.
Did I regret eating those foods? Hmm… not immediately, but definitely the next morning when I woke up with a sore throat. Even though my mind seemed to have enjoyed it, for my body it was total craziness. Gluten, dairy, sugar – all at once? Wowza!
We all do it now and then. We are meeting friends and family intending to stay on track, but it‘s hard. And before we know it, we‘re eating something we‘ve given up weeks or months ago, wondering how we‘ve lost control in only a few seconds.
Perfection does not exist and so there is no need to beat yourself up about it as long as you don‘t throw in the towel for good. Unfortunately it only takes a couple of days of indulging in those „bad“ foods to push your body into craving mode. So of course it will also take a few days to get back on track. Just be easy on yourself.
In the past I would try to go back to eat completely healthy from one day to the next and I would end up losing the battle and giving up altogether telling myself I will start again on Monday, only to find myself weeks and weeks later still waiting for that Monday to arrive.
So how do I get back on track nowadays?
It‘s actually easier than you might think. I give myself time and add a few things back in day by day.
I start by having two healthy meals a day, indulging on the third one for a couple more days. You‘ll notice that soon you will be back to three healthy meals without even thinking about it.
So from Day 1 I add the dark leafy greens and healthy fats back in at least twice a day and I also drink lots of water, which helps me to manage those sugar cravings.
On Day 2 I stop eating late at night and try to go to bed at a reasonable time.
I incorporate exercising again on Day 3 and depending on how I feel that day it could just be a relaxing swim or a stretching class or a sweaty gym or spinning session. It‘s always best to listen to your body when it comes to the type of movement. I also go sugar free on the third day, which means no refined sugars anymore, including any hidden ones for example in juices or processed foods.
Before you know it you‘ll be back to feeling light and fresh again without the struggle, just ease and relaxation.
If you‘re trying to use willpower alone it most probably won‘t work as your cravings will just get stronger and stronger the more you‘re trying to resist them. Be gentle with yourself, and those cravings will also calm down and eventually stop screaming at you.
If you have amazing tips on how you get back on track after a little too much indulgence, please share it with us in the comments below.