5 Tips to Cure the After Holiday Headache

By on January 1, 2012

By Shawna Hamilton –

First and foremost, I sincerely hope that you have each enjoyed a wonderful, fun & memorable Holiday season. I know I sure did! My husband and I carved out a lot of time for family and friends and enjoyed tons of fun in the sun on a Caribbean cruise as well!

And because our cruise fell smack dab in the middle of the Holidays, I knew a floating bar and buffet or two or four, was going to make it a little arduous to keep our healthy lifestyle in check. Even as health professionals, we decided to allow ourselves to be a little more carefree and let go of the tight diet reigns for a week or so. And with that being said, I sincerely hope that you decided to do the same. Stepping away from our dietary norm for a short while doesn’t mean that every positive effort that we have made all year now becomes moot. You’re human. I am human. And enjoying some of the “bad stuff” isn’t anything to feel awful about. This is why I am dedicating my first “back to work” post to helping you feel better and more like yourself with these 5 tips that will surely help cure your after Holiday headache.

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5 Tips to get you back on track:

1) Start your day with a small cup of hot water and real lemon. This magnificent detoxifier will cleanse your body and also fortify your immune system and is best to take upon waking. Yes, I am a coffee drinker too. I simply make sure that I have some lemon quarters already cut in Tupperware in the fridge and as soon as I open my eyes, I turn on the kettle AND brew the coffee. I sip my hot lemon water (250ml is fine) as I prepare for my morning dog walk and daily meditation. My coffee comes with my breakfast about 30-40 minutes later. So, whatever your pre-breakfast routine is, try and slip it in there. You’ll see. The benefits are remarkable.

2) Aim to drink 1.5-2L of water a day. Sound like too much? Then break it down to 250ml of water with snacks and 500ml of water with each meal, but make sure you fit it in. All of the alcohol, sugar, fat, salt and potentially any air travel has left you quite dehydrated, I guarantee. This amount of fluid will also cure any bloat and water retention.

3) Clean out your fridge. Get rid of all creams, eggnog & high fat milk. I know what you made available for your guests, but it’s time to switch to low fat dairy. Old and rich cheeses, dressings, dips and spreads included. All of the saturated fat must go. You can thank me later.

4) Put a temporary lock on the liquor cabinet! I don’t advocate that drinking alcohol is bad, but there are better choices to be aware of as most of our favorite spirits pack a tremendous caloric punch! The good thing about alcohol is that it keeps rather well doesn’t it? Time to shelve the Holiday liqueurs, champagne, heavy beer and ice wine. They can wait. Switch to dry wines and lite beer for awhile if at all necessary!

5)  Pack your gym bag and leave it by your front door! Last, but surely not least, it’s time to dust the cobwebs off of your sneakers and ease back into your weekly workout regimes. Typically, December is the month when I buy a new gym bag and training log! Nothing says “fresh start” like something new. Maybe it’s a gym bag or yoga mat, or a new outfit or even downloading a brand new playlist for your iPod. Whatever you fancy, go for it. You deserve it. Mark your new fitness year with something that makes you smile and get excited!

I wish you a grand start on the road to yourself again! “Après” Holidays is so anti-climactic isn’t it? So try these 5 tips to help whip your mind and body back into shape!

You can do it…I believe in you!

Shawna Hamilton B.A,BKin,H.D
Professional Personal Trainer, Nutrition Consultant and Homeopathic Doctor

About Shawna Hamilton

Shawna exemplifies fitness. Her positive attitude and natural zest for life are her greatest attributes and have everything to do with her success as a respected and recognized trainer within the fitness industry. For over 16 years, Shawna has taken pride in consistently motivating and inspiring her loyal clientele. She owns and operates a thriving mobile health and wellness business specializing in private fitness training, nutrition counseling, custom meal and supplement planning, Figure and Fitness Model competition prep as well as natural medicine. Shawna is married, planning a family and lives in Etobicoke with her husband and business partner and their three dogs. You will find her at: http://www.fitandonthemove.com/.

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5 Tips to Cure the After Holiday Headache