Have you ever woken up on a Monday morning and just felt like your body is a little more bloated, fatigued, and lethargic than usual? When this happens, it can be easy to get in your head and let things "spin out." Meaning, layering high-salt, high-sugar and high-fat foods on top of those feelings, along with too much caffeine and not enough water. And maybe some self-judgement?
Now, you all know I'm not a fan of dieting, or putting crazy restrictions on food and exercise choices. I'm 100% in support of doing what feels good to your body, and sometimes we just need to let our hair down and enjoy life!
There's no need to beat yourself up for having an indulgent weekend. But most of the time, even if you're feeling a little off your game after all that enjoyment, your body is screaming for water, sleep, loving forms of movement, and lots of nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, and protein!
My trick for tapping into what my body needs after a weekend like the one I've had in Miami is to just sit in silence for a few minutes and let my body and my mind rest. During that time, I try to take inventory of how I'm feeling--thirsty? Hungry? Sore? Tired?
Based on the feelings that I identify, I look at my calendar and try to schedule time to address all the needs that my body is making me aware of. Thirsty? I make sure I leave some reminders around for myself to get hydrated, and keep my favorite water bottle on hand. Hungry? I schedule time to stop by the market and stock up on healthy food for the week. Sore? I book my favorite yoga class to limber up. Tired? I set an alarm for an early bed time for the next few nights.
With a tiny bit of planning, you can figure out a few ways to take the best possible care of your body rather than letting yourself spin out with unhealthy habits. Your body will thank you for it!