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9 Things To Do To Bounce Back After Vacation (Or Anytime!)

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Featured, Health Tips, Healthy Lifestyle, How-to, Wellbeing | 0 comments

Elizabeth Finch


 

My family and I just returned from a week of travel, and I noticed I was feeling less energetic than usual, lethargic even. I felt heavy and my clothes were a bit snug. And my digestive system was less than stellar.

After a vacation or a long weekend, it can be hard to get back into the swing with healthy habits.

On vacation we typically allow more treats than usual. We order fries when we normally wouldn’t, we have the chocolate cake (every night), we skip the workout, we stay up too late.

And that’s fine, that’s why it’s vacation! It’s just for a short time, and it certainly isn’t how we live our lives on a daily basis. But, it is important to bounce back into our regular habits as soon as we can when we get back home.

Anytime I need to bring things back into balance regarding my daily routine and my healthy habits, I focus on going back to basics. Meaning, it’s nothing revolutionary! These are all pretty basic actions, but they WORK.

Here are 9 of my favorite things to do to bounce back after vacation (or anytime!)

1. Warm lemon water every morning, before anything else. You all know by now that I’m a fan of warm lemon water as the very first thing I eat or drink every morning. Your body is dehydrated when you first wake in the morning, given that you have had nothing to drink for (hopefully!) around 7.5 or 8 hours. Drinking your morning water warm and with lemon helps to stimulate digestion and elimination, and it hydrates the body. Caffeinated drinks like coffee and black tea are dehydrating, so hydrating before you move to those is important. After lemon water, then have a cup of coffee if you’d like. Just be mindful of what you put into your coffee, choosing organic milk or nut milk options (I love almond milk creamer) and steering clear of any artificial sweeteners.

2. Water, water all throughout the day. I recommend that my clients drink at least two liters of water throughout the day, minimum, and more if you exercise and sweat (which you hopefully do). I highly suggest tracking your water, since most of us overestimate how much water we drink. (We also tend to underestimate how much food we eat, by the way.) I love to throw in a few cups of peppermint herbal tea throughout the day as it supports healthy digestion and counts towards water intake. For a midmorning and afternoon pick me up, a cup of green tea is my go-to.

3. Start your day with a protein- and greens-packed breakfast smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to start the day. I love them because you can load them with nutrition (protein of your choice, good fats and fiber-filled fruits and veggies), and they also give your digestive system a break since the food is already blended for you and your body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest it. If your digestive system feels slow or overloaded due to unhealthy food choices on vacation or anytime, I highly recommend replacing one or two meals with an easy to digest smoothie. (And if you don’t have loads of time in the mornings to plan out or make your smoothies, the Nutrimeal Shakes from my product partner are an easy, yummy way to mix up a balanced smoothie in a matter of a few seconds! Email me if you’d like more info on these.)

4. Get moving! There’s no right or wrong here, I’ll do whatever my body is craving, what feels good to me. Some days it’s a workout with weights at the gym, some days it’s a yoga class, some days it’s a 30 minute run, and some days it’s hopping on my SUP at the lake and just playing. I make sure to move my body in some way, every day. Movement gives us energy, it helps to detox our bodies (sweat), it burns calories, it benefits digestion, and it improves our mood, among other things. It’s a must when you’re detoxing. It’s a must every single day! “Couch potato” isn’t a good look for anyone.

5. Keep lunch light with another detoxing lunch smoothie. Or, try a green salad loaded up with a variety of veggies (raw, cooked or both), healthy protein like chicken or boiled eggs, and fresh lemon juice squeezed on top. 1/2 cup – 1 cup of fruit, or a small apple or banana, makes the perfect dessert. Think light foods, with plenty of protein and fiber. Again, supporting your digestion.

6. Try fresh fruit and/or a spoonful of organic peanut or almond butter for a snack. Keeping it light on your digestion also means keeping portion sizes in check as huge portions overload the digestive tract. A little bit of fiber from the fruit and good fat from the nuts will help tide you over until dinner. I love the little single serve squeeze packs of nut butter to help me stay on track with the serving, or a small handful of nuts is a good option, too. Hold your hand out palm up, cup your hand, and the space there in the cupped part of your palm…that’s the right portion for nuts.

7. Enjoy a light dinner such as a chicken and veggie soup, or simple grilled or baked fish with loads of veggies and 1/2 cup of a whole grain like quinoa or brown rice. Think light, nutrient-dense, and balanced. I also recommend eating dinner by 6:30 or 7:00pm, so that you have about a 3 hour window to digest your food before going to bed, which will help you enjoy better sleep. Plus, you’ve got more to do after dinner to further detox your body and give yourself more even more TLC, like…

8. Take a hot detox bath with essential oils. I go all out here and make my bath time really special and sacred. Not just because it feels amazing, but because it’s great for helping you get rid of all that your body might be holding onto. My favorite essentials oils are lemon and lavender because they’re both relaxing and detoxing for the body, and I also add sea salts and epsom salts to my hot water. I pop on some tranquil music, put my phone on airplane mode and trance out with a cup of peppermint tea by my side for at least 10-15 minutes. Trust me, you’ll come out of that tub a new person. Then…

9. Grab a good book and an early bedtime. You’ve kept your meals light all day, so your digestion should be feeling better. You’ve drank plenty of water so you’re hydrated and have moved some toxins out of your body. You’re relaxed and in a good head space because of your hot detox bath. Now, fill your mind with positivity and inspiring things before you hit the sack. A good 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep, in addition to all the other healthy choices you’ve made today, will make you feel like a million bucks in no time.

And if you’d like even more structure and support getting back on track, the 5-day RESET from my product partner USANA Health Sciences is a simple, effective way to bounce back when you need a little help! Email me if you’d like more info on the 5-day RESET.

Love,

Elizabeth

 

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