Recently my sweet tooth has gone into overdrive, especially in the evening after dinner. I’m not sure what it is, but even the times when I don’t feel hungry I still have the urge to snack on something sweet and it’s becoming a bit of a habit.
In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t a major issue as I eat pretty healthily anyway and try to stick to the 80/20 ratio of healthy and less healthy food. I know that the half a bar of Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt that I scoffed the other night isn’t going to make me overweight overnight, indeed a little perspective is needed here. I’m more concerned with how this pattern of overeating at night is going to make me feel in the long-term.
One thing for sure is that I try not to panic or feel guilty when I overeat. Instead, I try to adopt some healthy habits the following morning that help me get back on track and feeling better.
Drink lots of water
Like every morning, I find that hydrating my body is a great way to flush out any toxins and antioxidants. I normally do this with a mug of warm water and lemon first thing in the morning that I know I keeping harping on about, but I do feel better for it afterward. Staying hydrated throughout the day is important, it’s great for your body, but I also love how refreshed and energised it makes me feel too.
A small workout
Before breakfast if I’m feeling sluggish I try to squeeze in a quick workout, nothing hardcore just a bit of movement to help get those endorphins pumping. Generally I do a couple stretches, squats and jumping jacks, nothing more than 10 minutes. This isn’t a ‘proper’ workout, just something to help shake off that heavy feeling that I seem to have after an evening of over-indulgence and I always feel so much better. I might still fit in a workout later if I’ve planned to do so.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Healthy living for me is all about balance and like I mentioned above, I’m a big believer in the 80/20 rule. Whenever I overeat in the evening more often than not I still feel full the following morning. In cases like this I try and opt for a healthy breakfast that tends to be plant-based like a green smoothie. These are so easy to make and you can put whatever you like in them, I have lots of smoothie ideas over on my recipe page. There’s nothing like a healthy dose of plant power to get you back on the straight and narrow.
Adopting these healthy habits in the morning after an evening of overeating always make me feel fantastic and less bloated. They also set me up for a great day of healthy eating and restore that balance that works really well for me. I love my food and will never restrict what I eat, but there are times when I over do it and I know that I’m not alone here.
My own tricks mean that I never skip a meal to compensate for going overboard nor do I cancel out any particular food from my day. Healthy living is definitely more about the right decisions we make for our body and well-being over time rather than a random night of face-planting yourself into a massive pizza.