Christmas cookies, airport food, little to no workouts, mom's cooking, lazy days, more than a few cocktails on the regular... ah, the holiday season.
I'm excited to be partnering with my friends at Vital Proteins to bring you some ways that will get you feeling awesome from the inside out.
It's always fun to kick back, relax, enjoy family time, and indulge in some of the special food and treats around this time of year, and if you read my post about how to find balance during the holiday season, you know that I hardly suggest that you avoid all of the fun.
But it's no secret that all of that food, travel, booze, and lazy days add up to making us just feeling less than awesome after a while. Our digestion gets funky, our skin gets dry or breaks out, our body aches and feels, just, blah, and we lack serious motivation to get up and work out.
And though you might be tempted to go on a 14 day juice cleanse/18 mile run, I want you to know that there is a better way. You can get yourself feeling healthy, vibrant, radiant and just plain ol' GOOD with a few small but significant steps.
So if you're still feeling a little sluggish, puffy, bloated, or otherwise less than awesome after your feasts and/or trip, here are some tips to get you feeling back to yourself and good this week:
All that new-to-our-system food and travel can sometimes leave our digestion in disarray. Ditch the bloat and make your tummy happy with these tips:
- Start your day right. Begin your morning with a warm cup of lemon water (just boil water and squeeze/drop half a lemon in your mug). Do it before coffee if you can-- this helps regulate digestion.
- Choose healing foods. Go anti-inflammatory to fight the aches and bloat and bring the puffiness down. Keep things like canola oil, grains, legumes, dairy and sugar to a minimum. Load up protein and nutrient dense fruits and veggies.
- Supplement smart. Give yourself a boost of collagen goodness with some of my favorite supplemts from Vital Proteins that will get your gut, bones, digestion, and body feeling good. Collagen is packed with amino acids that provide a strong line of defense for your gut, and have magical healing powers that help grow strong bones and connective tissue to help with achy-ness and bloat. Some of my favorite ways to add in collagen are:
- In a big ol' nutrient dense green smoothie packed with spinach, kale, lemon and whatever else your heart desires, to go with your protein-centered breakfast.
- In your coffee (post lemon water) with a dairy free and protein packed Collagen Creamer.
- Added to your post workout protein shake to help fortify those bones and muscles.
- Take a probiotic. Get that gut bacteria back in tip top shape with a daily probiotic. Extra points for loading up on the sauerkraut and kombucha this week too!
Travel, rich foods, cold weather, the harsh air this time of year... it can all leave our skin feeling dry or broken out, or both. Give your skin a little extra love this week:
- Treat yo' epidermis. Exfoliate with a gentle scrub and follow up with an ultra moisturizing cream, like this Fatco face cream. Give yourself a hydrating face mask or oil treatment.
- Hydrate! Drink your water. Your skin, hair, gut, and body will thank you! Aim for a gallon a day.
- Glow from the inside out. Focus on getting in your veggies! Protein is always important, but don't skimp on those micro nutrients, especially if you're looking for glowing, healthy skin.
- My favorite supplement for healthy skin, hair and nails is Vital Proteins Beauty Greens, which contains probiotics, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and organic greens that delivers a result I can truly see and feel.
Getting back in the gym can be tough, especially if you feel like that's the last thing you want to do. That first day back gives me the jitters every time-- trust me, I get it. But here are some things to keep in mind:
- JUST DO IT! That first day back sucks, I know. But you'll feel SO GOOD afterwards, guaranteed. Just go.
- It's not a competition. Take it slow and ease into it. You might not be setting any PR's or feeling super light on your feet, but that's ok! Just move.
- If you're feeling intimidated, insecure, or just too much in your own head about your fitness or the gym space in general, read this post on conquering gymtimidation.
- Just move. If you can't make it into the gym, be sure to get some movement in: go for a walk or run, do yoga at home, or even a quick little at-home workout. Just move that body.
- Get outside. Your mood will be instantly lifted by combining some movement with a boost of Vitamin D. Bundle up and go catch some rays!
Above all else, remember that small, consistent steps are key, instead of taking on a crazy overwhelming overhaul of everything you do and eat. (More on that concept coming soon!)
Focus on adding in the good stuff to heal your gut and get your digestion running smoothly, nourish your skin and body with lots of micronutrients and smart supplements, and get moving, even if it's small.