Eating Disorder Awareness: A Reflection


Now that the holidays are over, you may be reaping the repercussions of the shame you’ve brought to your hips with all that delicious holiday food. Jeans feeling a little too snug? Not to worry—we’re here to give you some pointers on bouncing back to a healthy lifestyle.

Below are seven tips to get back on fitness track after the holidays!

  1. Don’t beat yourself up about your recent splurges or weight gain.
    Just because you’ve put on a couple of pounds this holiday season doesn’t mean you need to start seeing yourself as a fat slob. The more you beat yourself up, the more disheartening you can feel. View this as an opportunity to better your body and yourself, and you’ll be surprised at what a positive mindset can do.
  1. Up your water intake.
    This may be cliché, but there’s a reason why it’s repeated so often. Not only is water good for you and your hydration levels, but it also keeps you feeling full. Try having a glass right before meals, and you’ll notice that you won’t eat as much as you normally would without it.
  1. Get active—and stay active.
    Going to the gym when you remember its existence once every few weeks won’t cut it. Try to get into the routine of working out at the gym, outside, or even at home for at least three times a week for 40 minutes. If it fails the first time, don’t give up and stop—promise yourself that you’ll work out tomorrow, and then actually do it.
  1. When making better food choices, start with the basics.
    Do you need to start eating raw vegetables for breakfast? No, but you can take it back to basics when modifying your current diet to make it better. For example, you can pick a roasted sweet potato over French fries, bake instead of fry, and eat only two cookies instead of six.
  1. Don’t do it alone.
    This is completely optional, but it can be easier to accomplish goals if we’ve got a pal by our side to push through the anguish with us. No friends willing to help out? No worries—join some gym classes or search for fitness groups in your area to get motivated with others on getting fit.
  1. Don’t get discouraged, especially if results aren’t immediate.
    You won’t be ripped like Jennifer Lopez or Dwayne Johnson in three days. Results take time, and you should enjoy the adventure while you’re working toward your goal. Trust me, once you do start seeing results, that warm-fuzzy you get inside will be worth it.
  1. Make health and fitness fun!
    If you view health and fitness as a chore, it will become just that. Taking care of yourself and being fit can feel tedious at times, but it’s your ticket to staying healthier and living longer. Find ways to make it fun, and your body will thank you.
Erin LaFavor