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It was a looooong, fun summer, but if you're like me, it's time for a little reset.
Today's post is about a couple of things.
One: Why does summer become such a free-for-all for some of us, me included?
Two: What can we do to start feeling better right away?
And three: How? What if we need a game plan to help us get started? You know, with recipes and everything?
And wouldn't it be amazing if this game plan was available in a free, handy dandy, downloadable PDF?
Well, keep reading, friend — I've got you covered all around!
Right after I finish my aperol spritz LOL.
Now you know the real reason why I decided to write this post (and free PDF)!
The trouble with summer
Summer. I mean, we love it.
But it's a bit of a challenge, right? Especially for us health-seeking types.
In the beginning of summer, we have the purest of intentions: green smoothies, lots of salads, running outside in the sunshine, and staying away from the adult beverages on weeknights.
But then summer turns into one big party, with barbecues and happy hours and vacations and ice cream, and a lot of fries-with-that behavior.
But whyyyyyy? Why do we stray so far from our good intentions?
Well, because it's summer for God's sake.
Because we deserve a break from our usual routine.
Because we want to have fun. And we want to BE fun.
But after awhile, party mode becomes our default setting.
So this goes on until Labor Day. And when that's all over, and the everyone goes back to school, we figure out that we're not feeling so great.
We feel bloated. We're more tired than we think we should be. We feel puffy, with undereye circles and rings that are tight on our fingers.
Most of all, we're bummed. Because we dug ourselves into a hole, and now we have to dig our way out. And that doesn't sound nearly as fun as rosé-all-day and salted caramel ice cream.
Here's another thing: we might even feel ashamed about what we've been up to for the last 3 months. Especially if we need to wear our yoga pants and “big” clothes for awhile.
So let's stop that shame train right now. Adding guilt or regret to the mix doesn't help one single bit.
Trust me. We all get away from our healthiest intentions, especially during the summer.
This doesn't make us a weak, incompetent, or bad person. You with me?
We just went off-roading for awhile, okay? And now it's time to move on and get back to a healthier default setting.
Okay, you're saying: I'm in!
I thought you'd never ask… here are some ideas to help get you started. And then, I'll tell you about the free 5-Day Reboot PDF.
Quick Tips for Resetting After an Indulgent Summer
Here are some extremely simple things you can do right away…
Hydrate: When you wake up in the morning, drink 12-16 ounces of water to activate your digestive system, flush out toxins, nourish muscles and tissues, and plump up the skin. Then, keep sipping water throughout the day. For a target, divide your body weight in half and drink that number in ounces. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, try drinking 70 ounces of water throughout the day.
Get Lit with Leafies: Green leafies, that is. Try to get at least 3 servings of leafy greens a day. For example, enjoy a green smoothie for breakfast, eat a big salad for lunch, and have a side salad with your dinner. All of the fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and natural water content from those green beauties will sweep the toxins from your body, support your immune system, and leave you feeling like a rockstar.
Sweat it Out: Nothing ramps up your superpowers like sweating it out with a good workout. Revitalize your body — and your resolve — with your favorite sweaty workout. It doesn't have to be super intense or brutal. Instead, choose something you actually like, and do that a few times a week. And if you haven't been working out much lately, start with light workouts. After a week or two, you can increase the intensity if you like.
Find a New Reward: Overeating — and cravings for unhealthy “comfort” food — are often triggered by an emotional need. We often “eat” our emotions because we're bored, lonely, stressed, or even angry. Instead of “rewarding” yourself with your favorite sweet treat (or a drink), try giving yourself a non-food/non-drink reward. Ask yourself this question, filling in the blank: “If I had more time, I would ______________.” Chances are, doing that one thing — reading a good book, enjoying an epsom salt bath, booking a massage — is the reward that your body and soul is yearning for.
Sleep it Off: In other words, get yourself to bed early. As in lights out before 10pm. Try to get 8 hours of sleep, even if it feels like a total luxury in our over-scheduled, over-committed culture. Bonus alert: getting ample sleep can help diminish cravings, and it can also speed up your metabolism. Pretty cool, right?
New Freebie: Download the 5-Day Reboot Plan + Recipes
Getting back to our healthiest habits isn't always the easiest thing.
But it becomes much easier with some extra support.
That's why I created a brand-new freebie: The 5-Day Reboot Plan + Recipes.
This handy PDF contains all you need for a quick, post-summer kickstart: some general nutrition recommendations, a meal planning template, and 18 delicious recipes — all in one handy document you can download.
I hope this new freebie provides the reset you need after an indulgent summer.
Ready to get started? Great! Just click on the link below…