Yesterday I posted about putting those Halloween calories in perspective and getting back on track and suggested starting out by drinking more H2O. Today’s tip is one you’ve probably heard before but it’s tried and true: eat smaller, more frequent meals.
After overindulging a lot of my clients are inclined to restrict, but that will only backfire. Not eating enough forces your body to burn fewer calories (which means you’re more likely to hang onto body fat), and you’ll probably eat away at some of your own muscle mass for fuel (not cool).
Instead over the next few days eat small, balanced meals every 3-4 hours. You'll keep your blood sugar, insulin and hunger hormones under control and feel energized as you shrink your shape back to its pre-Halloween state!
Here are some suggestions:
Parfait made from 6 oz organic nonfat Greek yogurt (or organic soy yogurt), layered with one quarter cup dry toasted oats (just take plain rolled oats and toast them in your toaster oven!) and 1 cup of berries, topped with 2 Tbsp sliced almonds
One cup lentil soup garnished with one quarter cup chopped avocado
1 medium pear, sliced, served with 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter for dipping
One half cup cooked brown rice, 1 cup steamed edamame in the pod, small salad with ginger dressing
Smoothie made from 1 cup organic skim or soy milk, 1 cup frozen berries and 2 Tbsp cashew butter
How do these mini meals sound to you and what’s your strategy for getting back on track? Please share!