We all have those days or weekends where we may eat and drink a little too much and end up feeling bloated, sluggish and guilty. This isn’t the end of the world but learning how to deal with it in a healthy way is important. I’ve turned to my lovely and intelligent friend Lydia, who is a holistic health coach, to give us some advice on what to do after you have overindulged…
I am so happy to be back doing another guest post on Lottie’s blog after my previous post where Lottie introduced me to you. Give it a read if you haven’t already. You can find it HERE.
I thought I would write about a topic that I thought you would benefit from. What to do when you have over indulged. So lets get to it.
So you have overindulged and the guilt has set in. What do you do next? The first thing that we as women tend to do is go over in our heads everything that we have eaten over the course of the day and start agonising over all of the bad decision we have made. We start to put ourselves down and verbally beat ourselves up. This way of negative thinking is so stressful for the body to deal with it and is not helping you in your quest for a healthier mind and body. I want to you to stop with all this negative and self-esteem destroying self-talk. It is getting you nowhere. Trust me I fell into this trap too many times to count. That is why I struggled with food and my weight for so long.
Today I wanted to share with you three simple tools for you to put into practise after you have overindulged so you can give your mind a break from all the torturous thinking you subject it to.
Taking full deep diaphragmatic breathes is so calming for the mind and body. When you take short, shallow breaths your body is more likely to become anxious and stressed which leads you to over thinking and then the panic over what you have eaten sets in. Diaphragmatic breathing helps lower the level of stress hormones in the body and your mind starts to slow down and brings you to a place of reasoning and promotes a sense of calm.
Simply close your eyes and breathe in for a slow count of 4 and breathe out for a slow count of 4. Repeat the sequence 4 times and feel the stress melt away.
When you have overindulged your temptation might be to cut way back on calories the next day to compensate. This is not something you should do as it may lead you to falling into the trap of yo yo dieting. If you restrict your calorie intake too low your body will enter starvation mode and the longer this phase of restriction occurs the risk of over eating increases as your body is longing for you to feed it with the right amount of fuel that it requires to function properly. So just wake up after the over indulgent day and have a well balanced breakfast to kick-start your metabolism and get you back on track.
Why don’t you give my Creamy Superfood Porridge a go, which you can find on my website.
When we become too stagnant and we don’t move our bodies enough we tend to sit and dwell on our past discretions and not so healthy food choices. The longer we prolong this negative way of thinking the harder it is to move forward and pick ourselves up. So get outside, go for a walk, hit the gym or attend a yoga class. Whatever you feel like doing. Any form of exercise will help in aiding digestion, quieten your mind and get you out of your head. Plus you will feel better knowing that you are doing something good for your body.
So it is time to forgive yourself. You are only human, you will make mistakes, you will fall from time to time but you have to find the strength to keep moving forward and leave the past behind you. The longer you keep reliving the past, the harder it gets to move forward. This quotes says it all:
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