By Kelly Fordon (@the_pacificstandard)
Rather than punishing yourself for overindulging this season, set a challenge to adjust your approach towards cravings and set forth on a post-holiday detox. This blog isn't so much a set of strict rules but rather mindful guidelines for helping keep your health on track so your mind and body can once again be on the same page!
Make Yourself Accountable
Accountability is something many of us set aside or make excuses for, whether time management or work-related. This doesn't mean embarking on (or setting) milestones that aren't achievable but instead making yourself accountable for actually crossing that finish line. For example, setting goals to move each day is something that most, if not all of us, can achieve. Whether your 30-minutes of activity is a dog-walk, going for a morning jog, or doing a workout from your living room. Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise helps keeps your body in check.
Not only that, but it sets the tone for your entire day! Hold yourself accountable for doing this daily 30-minute ritual. Trust me, and you'll soon realize how much you need it - not only for your body but also as a break for your mind!
Looking for additional ways to get moving? Check out RXBAR’s RXercise fitness classes on IGTV for fun and motivating workouts!
Change Your Approach Towards Snacking
So much of our snacking habits change based on the time of year. The holidays can introduce delicious treats that taste amazing but don't satisfy a deeper craving. Snacks high in sugars won't take you far. They just set you up for an inevitable crash. Changing your approach to thinking of food as "fuel" will change the way you snack! With this in mind, your post-holiday snack panty may look a bit different, and this isn't a bad thing.
Making changes doesn't mean you have to lack flavor or satisfaction. It just means opting for more wholesome snack choices. RXBARS are packed with delicious, simple ingredients that fuel the body and mind to take on the day. These are great snacks to keep on hand in your desk or pantry to conquer afternoon cravings.
Don't Take Sleep for Granted
I'm sure you've been told a dozen times how essential getting a good night's rest is. A night with little sleep can mean the difference between a productive day and one where you don't feel quite motivated. With this in mind, it's essential to take steps to ensure a solid 6-8 hours of interrupted sleep each night. For many of us, this is easily accomplished. It just takes you to make sure it happens.
Make A Point to Eat Breakfast Every Morning
Some of us are more into mornings than others, but skipping breakfast shouldn't be on anyone's agenda! Much like taking the time to be accountable for change means making time for the things and meals that matter. Skipping breakfast can often mean getting hungry later in the morning, resulting in consuming things that aren't fulfilling. Even if you don't enjoy breakfast foods, you can always nurture your hunger with fresh fruit or a variety of RX products. RXBARS are perfect for pre/post morning workouts and make for a quick on-the-go breakfast. With various options for chocolate lovers, fruit-forward flavors, and even a seasonal selection, there's bound to be a favorite for everyone.
Apply Your Practice with a Partner
Making a change in your daily habits is so much easier when you have someone to keep you accountable. Asking a partner, spouse, or friend to join you in taking on a post-holiday detox can be just as helpful. These practices don't just have to be in vocal support, but they also can be accomplished with action!
They* say it take exactly 66 Days to make a new habit routine. But, just as quickly as you've settled into your new healthy habits, you can lose will-power to make them second nature. This is why I suggest taking these tips and impending them slowly. Allow yourself to create and accomplish a mini-milestone that makes you proud. Doing so can make for additional mindful choices when seeing a change from previously implemented ones.