Many of us overindulge in some way throughout the holiday season. It starts with Halloween candy, leads to Thanksgiving (and leftovers), then sweet treats seem to be everywhere in December. It’s very hard to avoid eating sweets during the holidays. However, you do not have to give in to temptation completely!
There are two main things you can do right now:
- Realistically assess what you are eating now, and how much you eat
- Plan your January strategy
First, consider keeping a food diary for a week. Write it all down, the good, the bad and the ugly. This will force you to be honest with yourself, and you will clearly see how perhaps you are indeed eating more calories or more sugar than you thought.
Next, determine a few things you can do through December. It is OK to eat a bit more starches and some sweets in moderation. It comes with the holiday season, and those foods often bring with them sweet memories of time spent with family and friends. However, it is not OK to eat them with every meal! If you are going to eat a large supper, keep your breakfast and lunch healthy, low carb and small amounts. Consider a protein bar or protein shake as a meal replacement here and there. Also, do not eat sweets every day. One approach is to avoid sweets and alcohol during the week, but allow some on weekends, especially when you are socializing with others. If you follow these strategies, you can avoid gaining weight through the holiday season.
Finally, plan now what you are going to do in January. Most people say they are going to do some sort of diet or “detox”, and many will try something in January, but a lot more people never really know what to do or simply don’t do anything.
Your strategy depends on your goal
If you simply want to detox and clean up your diet, you will eliminate some foods and add a supplement for detoxification. The idea is to ensure all the food you consume is healthy and free of toxins, so your system can focus on detoxifying stored toxins. I recommend eliminating allergenic foods such as gluten, dairy and soy from your diet for a week or two, as well as all processed foods, unnatural sugar and alcohol. This really isn’t as hard as you might think. Along with the dietary improvement, add a supplement to support detoxification. Most will have some combination of milk thistle, alpha-lipoic acid, EGCG (green tea extract), N-acetyl cysteine, calcium D-glucarate, artichoke and/or turmeric (curcumin).
An excellent detoxification kit for January is the 14 Day Detox Program from NuMedica
Along with a clean diet, you consume an antioxidant-rich shake every day and take a detox supplement called Dual-Tox DPO. With this program, there is no limitation on how much you eat, so you will not be hungry!
If you are interested in detoxing and losing some weight, you need to take it to the next level, which means you will not be eating as much. There are two excellent products available to kickstart your weight loss.
- Core Restore 7 day Detox Kit from Orthomolecular Products
- Days 1 and 2 include only shakes (no food) so is a type of fasting
- Days 3-7 include healthy, clean foods with shakes and supplements
- 5-Day IFD Program from NuMedica
- 5 day intense fasting mimicking diet
- Shakes, MCT oil, avocado, vegetables and berries but no other food
The Core Restore program is a great choice for those that are not accustomed to fasting or who do not feel ready to eat a very low-calorie diet. If you determine that you’re ready to do the fasting mimicking diet, though, you will start your weight loss journey with a more powerful strategy. Stop by today to try your own detox kit or visit our page to learn more and buy online!
No matter what you do in January, however, and whether it is just improving your diet or a formal program, determine to make some changes in your diet that are permanent. New Year’s resolutions usually only last a few days to maybe a week. In particular, if you do a detox program for a short time, carefully consider which of the eliminated foods you are going to add back into your diet after the program is over, and how often you will consume them.
Perhaps it will be not drinking alcohol during the week, not drinking sweet tea, or not eating chips for lunch. Whatever it is for you, be mindful of your eating and take control of what goes in your mouth. You are what you eat, and your choices have powerful consequences for your health.