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06 January 2018

HOW-TO BOUNCE BACK


I know everyone always gains weight over the holidays, but for some reason this year it felt like I ate and drank more than usual and came back to San Francisco legitimately 10 pounds heavier than I left. I feel like I'm constantly getting into shape for a specific event or trip, and then immediately falling out of shape when I let go and eat whatever I want. Over the past few months, I've been on a mission to find the perfect routine to get me back on track, quickly. Below are some of the ways that I bounce back; physically, emotionally, and mentally.


Step 1: Fab Four Smoothie
Okay, so I have been OBSESSED with this book Body Love recently and I think everyone should read it. It's one of the most educational and digestible (no pun intended) nutritional books I've come across. The big idea of this book is centered around balancing your blood sugar levels. In a nutshell, your body converts simple carbs (bread, pasta, etc.), fruit, sugar, and alcohol all into glucose on a macro level. When you eat more sugar (glucose) than your body needs, it is stored as fat. Moral of the story, when you're on your 5th glass of wine and 3rd piece of garlic bread at your family Christmas party (me), your body is going to experience an insane blood sugar spike, and that excess sugar is going to get stored as fat..Uhg. 

The good news: you can easily bounce back from this blood sugar spike by eating the right combination of foods and working out. Whenever I'm hungover or have been eating unhealthly the first thing I eat in the morning is a Fab Four smoothie to help reset my blood sugar levels, my recipe is below! The skeleton ingredients of this smoothie are 1 handful of greens (spinach, kale, etc.), 1/2 serving of fruit, a healthy fat (avocado, peanut butter), protein, and fiber. This combination of macronutrients helps to quickly level out your blood sugar.

I would highly, highly recommend reading this book because it's so interesting and provides a really holistic view of how your body metabolizes food and how diet and exercise are inextricably linked. P.S. I also lost 5 pounds when I first went on this diet, so it definitely works!

Buy the book here, or download the audible, like I did, here!

My Recipe:
1 banana
1 handful of spinach (greens)
1 tablespoon of peanut/almond butter (healthy fat)
1/2 avocado
1 scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder (protein)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon of chia seeds (fiber)
3-5 ice cubes

Step 2: Sweat it Out
One of the best ways to make room for all of that aforementioned excess glucose in your body is through working out! Once I understood the science behind why working out is so important after you've had an unhealthy weekend (or few weeks in my case), it made working out seem like less of a chore.

I try to make working out a priority all the time, but I obviously go through periods where I am soooo over it. Whether I'm exhausted from work or it's just too dark and cold to leave my apartment and go to the gym, it's inevitable that working out is going to fall to the bottom of your to-do list sometimes. 

To avoid this, I try to take a long-term approach when it comes to working out. Instead of harping on all of the reasons why I don't want to workout, I try to focus on all of the positive things that it's going to do for me after the fact. I am so much more productive after I've worked out, I think clearer, I'm more creative, my skin looks better, I feel accomplished, and am happier in general. Did I mention that my skin looks better?

Step 3: Face Masks
Face masking has become an integral part of my self-care routine. When I'm dehydrated, hungover, and feeling awful, a good moisturizing face mask makes me feel like a new person. A few of my favorites are below:

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask - Super hydrating, plumps skin and restores natural glow
Farmacy Honey Potion Mask - Warming face mask, extremely hydrating, evens skin tone
Fresh Rose Face Mask -Toning gel mask, evens complexion, reduces redness, cooling and calming while reducing pore size
Glamglow Thirstymud Mask -Super hydrating, can double as a sleeping mask for maximum moisture, brightens skin
Glamglow Youthmud Mask - Exfoliates while brightening and tightening skin, removes impurities, great for getting rid of blemishes
Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask- Sleeping mask that moisturizes, plumps, and brightens skin, plus it smells SO good

Step 4: Hydrate
Now that I'm 26, it feels like I stay hungover and dehydrated for a minimum of three days after drinking. THREE DAYS. As if turning 26 wasn't bad enough.  When I'm drinking and eating unhealthy, staying hydrated is so important to being able to bounce back, specifically in relation to working out.

I try to drink a glass of water every morning when I wake up before I've had my coffee, but the key to staying hydrated is to have a water bottle on me at all times. Whether I'm at work, the gym, or at home, I always try to have a water bottle by my side. If you're carrying something with you all the time,  it obviously has to be a cute, right?...My favorite water bottle brands are BKR and Swell. See more below!





Step 5: Hot Yoga
I've really been trying to take more time for myself and slow down in general. I love hot yoga specifically because it combines stretching, meditation, and exercise. I prefer hot yoga to normal yoga because I feel like I am so much more flexible because my muscles are warmed up, but either will work! My favorite yoga studio in SF is Love Story Yoga in the mission. 

Step 6: Get Outside
I am so guilty of making up excuses and getting too busy to take the time to go outside and slow down and be in nature. Especially living in a city, you sometimes forget that there is a world outside of your neighboorhood. Being in nature is incredibly important to your mental and emotional health, so I've made it a goal to prioritize spending time outside. Even if that means going to the park or taking my dog for a long walk, making time to be outdoors will allow you to ground yourself and reset.





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