My sweet tooth has recently gone into overdrive, especially after dinner. I’m not sure what it is, but I get the desire to binge on something sweet sometimes though I’m not hungry, and it’s starting to become a habit.
In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t a big deal since I still eat very healthily and tend to maintain an 80/20 mix of healthier and less healthy foods. I know that eating half a bar of Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt the other night won’t make me fat overnight; in fact, a little perspective is needed here. I’m more curious with how I’ll react in the long run as a result of my nighttime eating habits.
One thing is certain: when I overeat, I try not to fret or feel bad. Instead, the next morning, I strive to develop some good routines that will help me get back on track and feel stronger.
Get plenty of water.
I notice that hydrating my body, like I do every morning, is a perfect way to wash out all contaminants and antioxidants. I always do this first thing in the morning with a mug of warm water and lemon, which I know I keep harping on about, but it makes me feel great. It’s vital to stay hydrated during the day; it’s good for your body, but I really enjoy how refreshed and energised it makes me feel.
A quick workout
If I’m feeling tired before morning, I try to get in a short exercise, nothing too strenuous, only a little activity to help keep those endorphins flowing. I just perform a few stretches, squats, and jumping jacks for around 10 minutes. This isn’t a “proper” exercise, but it helps me get rid of the heavy feeling I get after an evening of overindulgence, and it still makes me feel happier. If I’d insisted on doing that, I would be able to get in a workout today.
Breakfast should be nutritious.
For me, healthy living is more about harmony, and as I previously said, I am a firm believer in the 80/20 law. Whenever I consume so much in the evening, I usually already feel complete the next morning. In situations like these, I prefer to eat a nutritious breakfast that is mostly plant-based, such as a green smoothie. These are so easy to create and you can add anything you want in them; my recipe page has a tonne of smoothie ideas. There’s nothing like a good dose of plant-based nutrition to bring you back on track.
After an evening of overeating, adopting these good behaviours in the morning makes me feel great and less bloated. They also prepare me for a wonderful day of healthier eating and help me reclaim the equilibrium that I need. I like food and would never limit my intake, but there are days that I go overboard, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
My own tricks ensure that I never miss a meal to make up for overindulging, nor do I exclude any specific food from my day. Healthy living is certainly all of the long-term choices we create about our bodies and well-being than a single night of face-planting into a giant pizza.
If you have some good morning routines that make you feel less tired after a night of consuming too much? Is it a problem for you to consume so much in general?
How do you feel about the 80/20 rule?