Getting Back in Shape After the Holidays: A Healthy Eating Guide

2017 is off-and-running, and we want our bodies to be able to keep up!

Winter may be the hardest time to get back in shape (even though it is when most of us finally make the jump back to our gyms and healthy eating regimens); the weather is hard to bare, the days are shorter, and we are still recuperating from a long and eventful holiday season, and finishing off the yummy, sugary treats that come along with it!

But this year, let's start strong.

Fitness and eating healthy are the best things you can do to reduce your stress, get better sleep, and have overall better health. So, why not get back on track NOW?! Lucky for you, we have your new go-to healthy food guide, Eat Yourself Calm: Ingredients & Recipes to Reduce the Stress in Your Life. Written by Gill Paul with the assistance of nutritionist Karen Sullivan, this book is the perfect kick-starter for a happier, stress-free 2017.

Let's dig in!

Part One of Eat Yourself Calm examines calming superfoods, discovering how to eat for your bodily needs, and putting together a weekly meal plan for optimum health. You may be surprised by what foods are listed and, even more so, how they aid in your well-being.
For example, dark chocolate is proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and helps boost energy and mood. Um, yes, we will be adding chocolate into our diet!

Paul also delves into foods that will help relieve the symptoms of stress. He lists off a variety of symptoms, of which you pinpoint the ones you need the most help with, and throughout the book, are able to find yummy, healthy recipes to help combat them.

Creating a weekly meal plan may seem like a difficult task. But Paul's color-coded plans are simple and easy to grasp, and are a great starting tool for beginners. He offers a 2-week plan, which covers 3 meals and 3 snacks daily (don't worry, dessert is included!). And with so many food choices, it is easy to mix-and-match these meals as you need to keep from getting bored from week-to-week.

Now for the fun part!

Part Two of Paul's guide is strictly devoted to recipes. Starting with breakfast and ending with dessert, the list of meals are healthy, of course, and also versatile. Your breakfast can easily become your lunch, or even a dessert. This helps you look forward to your meals, instead of dreading an otherwise bland option.

Each of the recipes are accompanied by a short blurb, describing the dish, and below is a list of icons, which relate back to the symptoms you went over in the beginning of the book. These icons vary from meal-to-meal, and let you know which meal is best for your chosen symptoms. 

Note: You may not have any stress-related symptoms; lucky you! But this book is still a great guide for eating healthy and indulging in a body-loving lifestyle.

With our year already off to a crazy busy start, we can't wait to get cooking and feeling calmer, healthier, and full of nutritious food!