It was great catching up with friends over the weekend. Junk food and drink opportunities were everywhere. Laughing, talking, eating and drinking pushed me well past my standards. Hey, I don’t want to be the party pooper; or at least that is what I told myself…
I had a great time but today isn’t real pleasant. I feel crummy and a little stupid. I want to get back on the wagon quickly so I swear I’ll eat lite and healthy today. The problem is I’m craving, I’m a bit tired, and my willpower is fading. All my good intentions somehow fail – I’m eating poorly and too much again. Now I’m feeling guilty. How could one blowout cause such a setback?
Too much food, alcohol, empty carbs, and the poor sleep that comes with them is more than enough to cause us to lose our vibrancy. What can we do to fend off the cravings and get our vibrancy back quickly? Follow the following steps and you can get your mojo back quickly:
- Get to sleep on time and with an empty stomach tonight. Rebalancing starts with sleep. Well over 90% of us need around 8 hours sleep. Don’t assume you are one of the “exceptional” people who can run optimally on less than 7 hours. Sleep will help with cravings and help recover your mood and judgement.
- 1st thing in the morning before eating, drinking, coffee, or any activity drink 1 or 2 glasses of water. Purified is best. If you aren’t fond of water 1st thing in the morning do it anyway. Consider it medicine and drink what you can. Being hydrated is critical to energy, beating cravings, digestion, and detoxification. Think of water as liquid energy.
- Eat a light breakfast with significant protein. The protein can be from a plant or animal source. Plant source are foods like beans, seeds, nuts, whole grains, or greens. Animal sources are foods like eggs, yogurt, etc. Stick to whole, real unprocessed food with no sugar added. Read labels. Stay away from processed food, carbs, fruit juices, processed meats, or anything with flour. Your energy and blood sugar regulation will thank you later!
- Before you start the day make sure you’re centered and remember your priorities and values. Desires are like a team of wild horses all pulling you in different directions. You can’t serve all the desires that come to your door when you wake. Remember who you want to be. Start out by deciding what you’re not doing or worrying about today. Filter out most of the horses (desires). Remember that concerns or worries you aren’t acting on cause stress. Even simple next steps toward priorities fight stress. Stay in action on what matters.
- Eat every few hours including a protein source and keep hydrated with water. This will keep you from eating sprees, keep your energy up and temptations away. Eating whole foods with fiber is key.
- Get a light workout if you can. Take breaks and stretch during the day. Try not to sit for more than 30-45 minutes. Do what you can to move or stretch in any way possible.
- Invest in relationships. If you aren’t already meaningfully connected with supportive people you trust, work on that first. If you don’t have relational resources around you it will be hard or impossible to invest in others. Investing often means giving others what they don’t deserve. If you can’t do that now, work your own resources or needs first so you can. Your sense of wellbeing is at stake. Maybe the greatest single ingredient to personal growth is trustworthy people to support you on your journey. Don’t do life alone and don’t do life without purposes greater than self!
- Make sure you’re on a health journey! Making continuous, wise, sustainable, action allows you to see results and believe in your ability to change your future. After you experience long-term success it will be much easier to stay on track.
If you follow this even for 1 day, you’ll see results. The world needs you. Giving any of your life or potential over to unnecessary poor health is a lost opportunity. No one else has the same raw material and gifts you do. Don’t wait or worry about the future or past. Do what you can in each moment. The sum or your moments is your life. Be your best in this moment. It’s all you have to work with…
To your best health and potential,