I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving, and you were able to truly enjoy the food, family, time off, etc! If you're feeling a bit off physically after being out of routine and perhaps indulging a bit more, that is okay. It doesn't mean you have to give up all progress. It just means it's time to gently get back on track.
Notice I said gently. Restricting is never productive, even after a more indulgent weekend. Instead, I encourage my clients to re-engage in a couple health-promoting habits after a holiday weekend. Here are five things you can pick up this week that will get you back on track and feeling your best!
1. Post-Holiday Gut Revival Gummies
Reboot your gut with these delicious homemade gut-healthy gummies! Made with grass fed beef gelatin powder, this recipe is full of protein as well as the amino acid glycine. Glycine is needed in the body to help rebuild tissue that lines the digestive tract which helps prevent inflammation.
In addition these gummies provide vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from the fruit and juices. I love eating these with a fat such as a low sugar yogurt or whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream).
2. Eat Healthy without Cooking
If you don't feel like cooking, order Daily Harvest meals! Daily Harvest meals save me time, money, and stress all the time. I love Daily Harvest because all their meals are gluten-free, dairy-free, and made with whole ingredients. You can skip or pause your meals at anytime. It’s about $6-$9 per meal based on what you order, which is the same amount or less than you would pay for ordering dinner out or Doordash! And, these meals are much more balanced that any restaurant meal, which will make you feel so much better.
3. Load Up on Vegetables
Oftentimes vegetable intake is a bit lower during the holidays, so make an extra effort to get vegetables in afterwards. One of my favorite ways to get in extra veggies is by making a big batch of Roasted Root Vegetables. Keep in the fridge and reheat a portion to add to any meal. They are delicious and full of lots of flavor, nutrients, and fiber.
4. Use the PFF Method with Meals
After Thanksgiving, use the PFF (protein, fat, fiber) method when designing your meals and using the leftovers. For meal ideas using this method, check out my TikTok where I have a lot of recipes.
If your Thanksgiving leftovers have a lot of sugar in them, give them away or freeze for another get together.
5. Focus on Circadian Rhythm Fasting
Circadian rhythm fasting is fasting from eating for 12-13 hours overnight to give your body a break from eating. Research says that this kind of fasting can help improve insulin resistance. Just make sure that you are eating enough in your eating window.
There you have it! Five things to focus on post-holiday for insulin resistance. Remember, you don't have to go to extremes to get back on track after an indulgent weekend. Just implement a few or all of these tips and you'll be feeling great!
Send me a DM on Instagram if you try any of these tips. I would love to hear from you!
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