Unscheduled Nutrition Detours

15 Sep

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People often think that in order to reach their nutrition or fitness goals they have to be perfect all the time.  Depending on your goal timeline this may not be necessarily true.

The trick is to get away from any downward spiral ASAP. You’ve got to get right back on the wagon right where you fell off and for most of us that’s only one to two healthy meals away. 

The biggest mistake anyone can make is throwing in the towel. One bad meal, or a few bad foods, are no reason to give up on a lifestyle of healthy eating.

Every once in a while, after long durations, it can actually serve as a much needed break from your regular routine and may even help to keep your metabolism elevated.

Here are some tips that will get you back on track and feeling back to your normal or to begin a healthier nutritional outlook faster than you can say “Burrito Friday.”

1. Eliminate wheat and dairy for 2-3 days after the incident.  Wheat and dairy are the two most inflammatory foods that cause bloating in most people. Not to mention, when people overeat, it is usually on wheat and dairy foods such as cookies, cakes, ice cream, pasta, bread, etc.

2. Drink tons of water! Of course, this rule is applies all the time, but after a “binge,” water is even more important. You may also want to add a few squeezes of fresh lemon in for the “detoxifying” effects. Fresh lemon helps to cleanse the liver, and a clean liver will assist in your weight loss efforts.

3. Add in some extra walking.  Just adding in an extra 20 minutes of walking for the next few days can get you feeling back on track. Take a trip to the mall, do some laps around the place, people watch, see what’s on sale, and burn calories all at the same time. Just run past the ice cream, chocolate, pretzel and Cinnamon roll shops!

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