My Personal Post-Holiday Reset

Hello from the Indianapolis airport! I'm sitting at the gate waiting to board my flight back to New York - drinking tea and contemplating this past week.

I love the holidays. It's one of the few times a year I get home to see my family, and I always try to make the most of it. The week is filled with good food, later nights, minimal exercise, and lots of wine. I wouldn't have it any other way.

I’ve learned that it’s 110% okay to enjoy and indulge a bit this time of year. No guilt, no second guessing, no should haves or shouldn’t haves. It’s so important to present in the moment and enjoy the company of family and friends. 

That being said, now I'm on my way back to reality (at least for a few days before New Year's!), and I'm starting to think about how I'm personally going to reset my system post-holiday fun. It doesn't involve juice cleansing or the latest diet fad. I focus on whole, nutrient dense foods and mindful eating.

Keep in mind that my reset may not look like yours. We're all different in terms of what our bodies need and how they respond, but one thing I will say is that most of us can always benefit from more plants (especially greens!, more water, and consistent movement.

HERE'S A GLIMPSE AT MY PERSONAL 2-DAY RESET FORMULA.

  1. Home-cooked all the way: By cooking all my meals at home, I can control exactly what’s going into them and take ownership over fueling my body well. (Download my guide for easy weekday meals here. It's my blueprint for everything listed below!)
  2. Veggies, veggies, veggies: This one’s a given! I aim to fill at least half my plate with vegetables, especially greens!
  3. Daily exercise: Getting in a good morning sweat keeps me focused and on-point for the rest of the day. 
  4. Lots of water: I shoot for 3 liters each day, including herbal teas, to rehydrate and help flush my system of any built-up toxins.
  5. Kitchen closes at 8pm: This lets my digestive system take a much needed break and helps me sleep better too!
  6. Pay attention to each bite: I turn off the TV and make sure to put my phone away at meal time. By focusing on my meal without any distractions, it allows me to tune back into my body's hunger cues - which are generally thrown way off during the holiday season. 

Day One

Morning: coffee with full-fat coconut milk or almond-milk creamer
Breakfast: almond butter on gluten-free toast sprinkled with cinnamon + berries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and coconut yogurt
Lunch: large salad with lots of veggies, chickpeas, and avocado
Dinner: wild salmon over brown rice with sautéed greens and mushrooms
Snack / Treat: 1 square 85% dark chocolate and/or a small handful of raw nuts
Hydration: 3 liters of water (including several cups herbal tea)

Day Two

Morning: coffee with full-fat coconut milk or almond-milk creamer
Breakfast: oatmeal cooked with cashew milk, flax meal, and cinnamon + topped with sliced pear, Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds
Lunch: large salad with lots of veggies, leftover salmon, and avocado
Dinner: rice bowl topped with curried chickpeas, roasted butternut squash, sautéed greens, and pomegranate seeds
Snack / Treat: 1 square 85% dark chocolate and/or a small handful of raw nuts
Hydration: 3 liters of water (including several cups herbal tea)

A few days of thoughtful, plant-focused eating is all it takes to get me feeling like myself and back into a routine.   

If you’d like to discuss personalized ways to set yourself up for success and sensibly reset in the New Year, reach out! My consultations are completely free. There’s a plan and a program for everyone.

Here’s to a happy, healthy 2018!