This post is part of the Healthbuzz December series, Holiday Health, by Foodbuzz.

It happens to all of us. The allure of exciting appetizers, festive cocktails and far too many cookies every time you turn around can make it extremely difficult to keep up with your normal, healthy eating habits. The problem isn’t over-eating at one party, it’s what happens following the party. It’s easy to give up and start thinking that since you’ve over done it last night, the cookie today won’t make any difference. It’s important to remember every day starts new and every day is the perfect time to continue your healthy eating and exercise lifestyle.

I really like to focus on “clean eating” after I’ve eaten too much and by that I mean lots of veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and tea. That also means skipping the alcohol, coffee, dairy, refined (white) flour and sugar. Working up a sweat and keeping your eats clean will leave you feeling better in no time!

Clean Eating Example:

Morning:

Lunch:

  • Big Salad: full of greens, veggies, some protein and good fat. My favorite?
  • A mix of romaine and something dark like spinach or arugula (6 cups); any veggie I can find like cabbage, peppers, carrot, cucumber, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, etc (3 cups); some protein and fiber from a grain like quinoa (3/4 cup) or beans (1/2 cup); and some good fats from flax oil (1 Tbsp) or chopped avocado (1/4 cup). Serve with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Dinner:

  • Baked salmon (4-6 oz)
  • Brown rice (3/4 cup)
  • Roasted or steamed broccoli (1-2 cups)

Snacks: (If hungry)

  • Palmful of almonds
  • Vegetables and hummus

What do you do when you over-indulge? How do you stay on track throughout the Holidays?

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