So I celebrated my birthday last Tuesday, April 7th and for anyone who knows me knows I LOVE my birthday! Not so much because it’s MY birthday, but I love all birthdays.
I love that it gives permission to have ONE day to indulge in the sweetness of life. So often I hear clients saying, “I can’t have that” or “Oh I’d better not” or “That’s just too much” and 90% of the time I’d agree with them. But, yep! You guessed it, 10% do whatever you want!!!!! Yippeee doesn’t that feel liberating!?!
Ok here’s my confession: Every year on my birthday, I ask John Paul for his *presence* as my birthday gift. We both clear our schedules and intentionally create memories together. This year, he planned a fabulous day for us in Napa which included mud baths, lunch at a fabulous farm to table restaurant and a few wine tastings in the afternoon. It was one of the best days of my life!
But first, I have been really wanting to try this gourmet doughnut shop, but never found the right time. Then, ALAS! It was my birthday and it was on the way up to Napa, so itwas just perfect timing. We walked into the doughnut shop, I was giggling with excitement as we were taken over by the delicious sweet smells of freshly fried dough. I glanced over at John Paul. His face was priceless. I think he thought I was testing him. I could tell he was thinking, “Dietitian wife asking me if I want a doughnut for breakfast = Easy Answer, NO!” But then I reminded him it was my birthday and anything goes on the big day. We quickly came to a decision and ordered 2 doughnuts (1 cakey one and 1 light, airy one) and a fresh brewed coffee to split. So, yes, I ate a doughnut for breakfast and it was DEEELICIOUS!!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed every bite.
But within minutes after eating it, my body and brain were like, WAIT WHAAAAAT???? I felt immediate brain fog set in, totally stuffed and bloated and kept craving carbs all day and never felt satisfied. So if you can probably tell by now, I am not recommending eating doughnuts for breakfast, but it was my 10%. And boy, was it yummy! It tasted great, but I really did not enjoy how I felt afterwards. So, it was extra motivation to go back to my green smoothies and mostly plant based diet the next day.
6 ways I get back on track after a 10% day:
1. No judgment!!! This is a big one, too often I hear clients saying, “I hate myself” or “I am so disgusted with myself”… No bueno. That doesn’t help anything and it lowers your vibrational energy in your body aka you feel down. Instead, choose to look at it like everything you eat is an experiment. This takes on a playful energy and food becomes valuable information in your search to feel your absolute best. Make sense? Good.
2. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and to flush impurities and toxins out of the body.
3. Get more greens. Greens gently detox the body and cleanse the liver and blood, so drink green smoothies, eat salads and sauté greens to pack that nutritional punch!
4. Sweat. Another great way to release toxins from your body and feel refreshed is to get moving! Do what you enjoy. Walking, hiking, biking, yoga, pilates, Zumba, dancing, swimming, etc. if you do what you love, you’ll look forward to it each day.
5. Rest. Get plenty of rest. 7-9 hours each night ideally 10pm-6am so you’re following the sun. This is another helpful way to facilitate your body’s natural detoxifying mechanisms to kick in to rebalance and refresh your system.
6. Prepare, prepare, prepare! Have healthy, fresh food available and prepped for your weekly meals. This step is crucial for your healthy journey. You know as well as I do that if you’re hungry and there’s nothing available, we make poor choices. When we are hungry, our blood sugars are low which means our willpower is shot, so plan ahead to avoid the pitfalls.
I hope these steps help you reset after indulging. May you feed your body well in order to shine your light brighter in this world.
P.S. I’d love to hear some of the tips you have for getting back on track after a 10% day. Comment on my Facebook page and let me know your favorite techniques for getting back to balance.