January is known for detoxing, dieting and all good intentions to become healthier and fitter! However, despite all this, January is also the month where most good intentions are already destroyed and forgotten due to our perfectionist or all-or-nothing mindset.
Instead of trying to achieve the perfect eating plan (which is impossible in the long run), it would be better to stick to something slightly more lenient that will keep you going in the long run, rather than falling short by the beginning of the year.
Easier said than done though, and I have to admit, even though I knew this already, it did take me a very long time to accept this and put it into practice.
So, although I follow a quick detox to get my body to quickly rid itself of the effects of holiday indulgences, I then tend follow a more realistic plan to keep myself going in the right direction. The detox instantly makes me feel better and gets me back to my pre holiday weight, but then this keeps me on track in the ‘real world’.
This has worked very well for me, however may not necessarily be what is best for you, so do get professional advice if you have any medical issues if you decide to follow this.
First thing in the morning: 1 large glass of water (with some lemon if you wish) and a cup of herbal tea if I’m not running late for work.
Breakfast: 2 Weetabix with semi-skimmed milk. I love this as it really fills me up!
Don’t know about you, but I really dislike the original flavour, so I always stick to the Banana or Chocolate flavour. Has this interfered with my weight loss? Not at all. Firstly, it’s a good way to start the day if you want a healthy breakfast and love a sweet taste – for me, it’s like my indulgence of the day and stops me getting any cravings later on. Also, if you compare nutritional info of these and the original flavour you will realise that there’s not really such a big difference overall.
Mid-Morning: I always stick with a portion of fruit; my favourites are a banana, a grapefruit or 2 kiwis. Filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and water – these will keep you going till lunch time.
Lunch: I try keep it light and healthy, especially when at work as a large meal makes me sleepy! Generally I stick with a portion of lean protein (chicken, turkey) or fish (salmon, tuna) with some vegetables or salad.
Mid-Afternoon: Around this time I usually go for a low-sugar yoghurt or low-fat Greek yoghurt with a bit of honey. The protein in this keeps me full till the end of the work day and stops me from getting peckish before dinner time.
Dinner: Dinner is much like lunch, however maybe a slightly larger portion.
If protein and vegetables are too boring for you for both lunch and dinner, I would suggest supplementing with a hearty soup or a wrap, preferably during lunch time though.
Throughout the day: I can’t stress enough how important water is! As you probably all already know by now, drinking water flushes out toxins, which also improves the appearance of your skin, and also keeping hydrated prevents you from thinking you are actually hungry when you are really not. Apart from this, I also drinks tons of herbal tea (no sugar), which is great for getting in anti-oxidants!
In addition to all this, I try to exercise three times a week for an hour per session. This however, is entirely dependent on you. Keeping this going on the weekend is also the key to getting long term results – it’s hard I know, but can be done with a bit of planning I promise!
So there you have it! My post-holidays eating plan. This is working really well for me and I really hope it will give you good results should you wish to try it out. Let me know if you do 🙂