Friday, 28 December 2012

Get back on track

I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year.  I certainly did but now it is time to get back on track, get back into the exercise habit and eating properly again.

1. First things first, GET RID of all the chocolate, crisps, nuts and unhealthy stuff in your cupboards.  Be ruthless, either chuck it or give it to the neighbours.  Get it out of the house and its not going to tempt you.

2. Then, plan your meals.  Buy some quality protein (meat, fish, eggs, pulses) and lots of vegetables (particularly green vegetables).

3. Have a good cooking session.  Make a few freezer meals (stews, casseroles, chilli con carne) so you have good choices when you are busy and tired. Make some soup, so you have healthy lunch options.

4. Stick to three meals per day and try not to snack.  If you eat enough food at each meal (particularly protein and vegetables) you should not get hungry.

5. Eat loads of vegetables and drink lots of water.  This should help the liver to detoxify itself and your body recover from the excesses of the Christmas season.

6. Get moving. The most important thing about exercise is to make it a regular thing.  Do whatever you can to make it a habit.  Start with walking (ten minutes, 3 times a week) and increase the time and frequency as you get fitter.  Just do it often.  It can take three months to make something into a habit.

7.  Be kind to yourself.  Do not beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon - pick yourself up, dust yourself down and get back on it. 

Good luck.

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