Thanksgiving is over, and we hope you managed this festive holiday successfully. But even if you strayed a bit from your healthy eating habits and regular exercise regimen, you can always get back on track. Here are 5 steps to help you resume your healthy habits:
and restock your kitchen.
Make sure no unhealthy foods (like highly processed chips and sugary baked goods)
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 1, you can also add our Jumpstarts Carb Control bars, and on Phase 2, stock up on South Beach Diet 100-Calorie
Snack Bars, Good to Go Cereal Bars, and Protein Fit Bars for convenient take-along snacks.
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 because you'll be missing out on some of the nutrients whole grains and fruits provide, it can help get
you back on track.
Move it. Getting regular and consistent exercise — a
minimum of 20 minutes of cardio 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.
- Stay strong. Hanukkah is almost here and Christmas and New Year's are just around the corner. Take the lessons you’ve learned from Thanksgiving and use them to maintain your healthy habits 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 books, The South Beach Diet Supercharged and The South Beach Diet Wake-Up Call.