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How To Pay Your Body Back™ After The Holidays

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Are you feeling a little “out of whack” after the holidays?

This is a challenging time of year for busy women to stay healthy. Our regular (and hopefully healthy) routine is interrupted by added stress, hectic schedules, and an abundance of naughty foods! Your body got you through the holidays, with all that entails.

Don’t you think it is time to Pay Your Body Back™? Of course, if you don’t pay it back — it will pay you back in ways you won’t like!

Here are some tips to get you started.

Purge: Look around: If your house is like mine, there are tempting treats everywhere. Cookies, candies, salty snacks, all just calling to you… eat me, eat me! It’s time to remove the temptation.

Keep It Flowing: Feeling a little bound up from the holiday indulging? As one of my dietitian friends says, “You can’t float a log down a dry stream!” Help your digestive system out by drinking water. As the weather gets colder, the air becomes drier and you need more water as well.

Schedule Some Me Time: During the holidays it is hard to set aside time just for you. Make time now! Schedule a massage, a pedicure, a bubble bath, even a girls’ night out. Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish, it is essential!

Pack in the fruits and veggies: After indulging in “naughty foods” your body needs some “Grow Foods” – produce very close to the way it was when left the farm!

Reset Your Clock: Changes in your routine can mess with your body. Try to get up at the same time every morning, go to bed at a consistent time, and eat meals at predictable times so your body has a chance to settle down and function properly. Spending even five minutes outdoors during the day will help your body reset, plus it may improve your mood!

Move! One of the best ways to feel better is to move more. Don’t worry, being more active doesn’t require hours in the gym. The trick is to work activity into your regular routine by using short walks, a pedometer or even pumping up your chores.

Grab Some ZZZs: Most women don’t get enough sleep, and the problem can become severe during the holidays. Make sure you get seven to eight hours sleep consistently.

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