5 Ways to Ease Back into Your Healthy Routine 5 Ways to Ease Back into Your Healthy RoutineNovember 2, 2014 in Basics, Recipes, Tips + BlogShare ThisFacebookPinterestTwitterPrintemailIt feels really good to let go. Our lives can become entrenched in sticking to healthy eating all the time and so rigid with schedules that a little spontaneity is exactly what we need to feel human again. But one weekend of letting loose can easily turn into a week…then two…and before we know it a month has gone by and our old healthy routine has been replaced by a lifestyle that feels like we’re constantly dishonoring who we are. Check out these 5 key tips to halt the downward spiral and help ease back into a healthy routine: 1. Go slow – You don’t have to get back into it so rigidly full-force. No, you don’t have to go on a 3-day juice cleanse to reset everything. What a relief, right? Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and know how to handle the occasional over-pour of toxins. Instead of starving your body, eat what you usually consume in your regular routine and then ADD MORE PLANTS. It’s simple really. Take each meal and add 3 vegetables. For instance, instead of just eggs and toast in the morning, sauté spinach and garlic together and top with some avocado and fresh tomatoes to complement. Take your afternoon burrito and replace the white rice with brown, the tortilla with a collard wrap, and add in grilled bell peppers and zucchini. Take fresh herbs from your garden and sprinkle them over everything. It doesn’t have to be a major overhaul to get back to feeling your best. 2. Continue to have fun – Let’s face it – 5am crunches are not as appealing as the happy hour drinks that caused you to sleep in. When you begin to incorporate your old routine back into your life it can be difficult to get excited about it. However, not looking forward to your activities will only prolong your ‘routine break.’Just because you got off your routine to live a little and have fun doesn’t mean going back has to be dull and boring. Add a little surprise. Choose a new seasonal fruit to put into your usual smoothie, try a new class at your gym or follow a new bodyweight workout online, pick up a new meditation before bed, replace your next day happy hour drinks with a happy hour walk in the park. Whatever it is, mix it up a little so you look forward to it. 3. Small steps – Yes, go back to the gym. If you only gave 30% – that’s cool – you still made it to the gym. The point is that you’re reconditioning your mind to process going to the gym as part of your normal routine again. The next day you may work yourself up to your 50% and then eventually back to your 90-100% days. Same goes with eating well. You know what works for your body and you are probably reeling from the addictive effects of sugar, alcohol, fat, salt, etc. This one is especially hard to let go of because your dopamine levels are screaming at you to continue to release it. Incorporate the “add 3 veggies” rule but also know that easing back in means it’s okay to have dessert in moderation the next day. 4. Get rid of the guilt – there’s just no room for it. This is something to practice during your routine break to enhance the ease back-in. We have to fully enjoy our indulgences. If we eat a piece of cake and consume it in a space of guilt and regret, we start an inner-dialogue that sends our bodies into state of shame and hoarding. This is when we’re in danger of OVERindulging. It becomes easier to think “This is so bad for me – I have to eat another slice, and another, to fully experience this because I won’t be able to have this again.” Before you know it, you feel sick, depressed, and out of control of your choices in life. Our bodies and minds are incredibly intelligent. The reason we’re feeling drawn to letting loose on the reins is because we NEED to. Taking time off actually enhances our work, our relationships, and every component in our lives for the better. By having a lazy day in the park instead of hitting up that cycling class, or having that piece of cake (or two) without guilt, we’re honoring this system. When we get back to the grind, we feel energized and ready to go. 5. Free-Will – Did you know we have the freedom to decide at every moment of our lives? Well of course! But how many of us actually use this understanding of free-will in our lives for our benefit? This is when we’re stripped bare and the world is nothing more than ourselves and the choices we make throughout the day. We have to go in deep, find inner-strength, and chooseto make a healthy decision. First, identify where you get your strength. Your community, your successes, your outdoor activities, your spiritual practice? Think about it. Define it. And use that to tap into your best self. Don’t wait for your friend to force you out of bed to get to the gym. Decide you’re worth taking care of and honor that decision.