4 Ways to Get Back on Track after Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is over, and we hope you managed this festive holiday successfully. But even if you strayed a bit from your eating and exercise plans, you can always get back on track. Here are 5 steps to help you resume your healthy habits:

  1. Check and restock your kitchen. Make sure no unhealthy foods (like highly processed chips and sugary sweets) have crept back into the cupboards over the holiday. Take a trip to the supermarket to replenish your healthy snacks, such as reduced-fat cheese, fat-free or reduced-fat yogurt, fresh vegetables, hummus, nuts, and fruits (Phase 2). On Phase 2, you can also stock up on South Beach Diet 100-Calorie Snack Bars, Good to Go Cereal Bars, and Protein Fit Bars for convenient on-the-go snacks.

     

  2. Return to Phase 1, if necessary. If you really overindulged, you may want to go back on Phase 1 for a few days to eliminate any cravings for sugary and starchy carbs that might have returned. While we don’t recommend staying on Phase 1 too long, it can help get you back on track.

     

  3. Move it. Getting regular and consistent exercise — a minimum of 20 minutes of cardio interval or core-strengthening exercise most days of the week — is an important element in any healthy lifestyle. If you’ve skipped a few days of exercise over the holiday, don’t make it a habit. Just resume your regular exercise routine as soon as possible and keep it up as best you can through the busy weeks ahead. Remember that some exercise is better than none.

     

  4. Stay strong. Hannukah is here and Christmas and New Year's are just around the corner. Take the lessons you’ve learned from Thanksgiving and use them to throughout the holiday season. If you keep your Thanksgiving successes (and setbacks) in mind, you'll be better prepared for the festive days ahead.

For more information about healthy eating and exercise, and getting more essential sleep (so critical at holiday time), check out Dr. Agatston’s book, The South Beach Diet Wake-Up Call.

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