How To Get Back On Track After Holiday Candy OVERLOAD!

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Oh, Holiday Candy

Knowing how to get back on track after the Halloween Holiday Candy Fun (or any other holiday) is tough! Believe me, I know. After fighting to shed 60 pounds in a few short months – and keep it off, I know all too well how something like Halloween can send you into a tailspin – quick!  So how do we recover and get back on track without fail?  I’m glad you asked, sister!

Simple Hacks to Recover Quickly from Holiday Candy Fun!

I’ll keep this short and sweet since you probably have a headache from the sugar overload and you wish you could just take a nap right now! Hang with me though and check out the holiday candy recovery hacks below …..

The Plan

I want to be as transparent with you as possible because I hope that this will help you.  I found out last year (after successfully losing a lot of weight) that spending way too long enjoying fall treats was not a good idea.  “I deserve this,”  I kept telling myself.  Here were my other excuses:

  • We’ve been good for so long
  • We found out there aren’t as many food allergies ’round here & it was time to celebrate
  • Fall is my favorite food of all time – I’d been saving up for months (calorie-wise)

While all of these excuses reasons were valid, I should have just spent one night or weekend partaking-that’s it!  Not only did I feel terrible all week and not want to drag myself off of the couch, the reality was this …..

It only takes a few days to become addicted to sugar again!

Even though I had completely overcome my sugar addiction and had remained victorious for such a long time, it was like fighting the devil himself to get back on track after that holiday candy week from you know where.  I thought I could handle it but the struggle is real, y’all.  Very real.  Nope, not again this year.

Holiday Candy Recovery

So what did I do to combat the Halloween holiday candy Blues? It took several days to pull myself completely out of the sugary pit but it is definitely possible and you are worth it. Get back on track, sister!  

1. Start with protein for breakfast and only have complex carbs with lunch

No more BAD carbs during the day. I’ve talked over and over about having protein at all five of your meals and it is really crucial now. It will help to regulate that blood sugar so you can get back to normal.  Limit your carbs to lunchtime only and make sure they are complex carbs.

one of my fave protein sources

2.  No more sugar

That means no bad carbs at all this week {the “white” stuff we all know is bad for us}. The first three days will be the toughest because your body will want more to fill the void of sugar you’ve been filling it with.  You have to be stubborn, Sister. You can do this. Make sure you’ve done #1 and move on through the rest of this list and you will be able to conquer!

3.  Eat every two to three hours

Without fail. You will have to plan ahead in order for this to work. Before you go to bed each night this week, make sure you have your protein choices picked for the next day.  You will mix healthy choices with those proteins of course as I’ve talked about before. DON’T skip meals!  Be sure to choose your snacks wisely too.

Simple Hacks to Recover Quickly from Holiday Candy Fun!

4.  Drink that water

Just like the rest of this list, you know this already but I am your friendly reminder call. My Advocare friend Tammy taught me to fill a gallon jug of water first thing each morning and make sure you have it gone by the time the day is over. Enough said.  Don’t over complicate it.

5.  Take those vitamins

Those supplements are more important than ever. I’ll be honest-I woke up this morning not wanting to eat right and take my vitamins, but I made myself do it anyway. It made such a difference. I went back to drinking my warm mug of B-vitamin drink this morning {I’d skipped it all last week}, and filled my body with what it had been missing! There are a couple more but I’ll tell ya about those later.

5.  Plan your next reward

I am not crazy {well, I am but let’s stick to the point here}, to think that I won’t need another holiday candy treat til Thanksgiving Day. No, we are working on a plan right now to pick just one weekend day to splurge, but with just one food item or two, not days on end of treats! This is key. 

Learning How to be a Happy Morning Gal won’t hurt either! Food should be enjoyed.  The moderate way we go about enjoying them is up to each family.  Start fresh, eat clean, and learn from your mistakes. But whatever you do…..

Don’t Lose Heart.

Do you need a holiday candy recovery plan today?

Simple Hacks to Recover Quickly from Holiday Candy Fun!

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  1. November 1, 2016 / 11:21 am

    I love the title of your post and it totally grabbed my attention this morning. This is exactly what I need the day after eating 90% of my daily calories in candy. Not sure why I do that to myself but Halloween is the one day a year I go crazy and really eat whatever I want. Thank you for the helpful hints to get back on track!

  2. November 1, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I so needed this! And I also need to get rid of my leftover candy so I can get on this plan, stat!

  3. November 1, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Congratulations on your weight loss! I also found myself giving into some Halloween treats…these are awesome tips for easing back into healthy eating. And of course thinking about Thanksgiving coming up doesn’t hurt either. πŸ™‚

    • Shan
      November 9, 2016 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Jennifer! Glad it was helpful. Yes, stay strong on Turkey Day and the days after to not over indulge too much. Talking to myself as well! πŸ˜‰


  4. Brittany Muddamalle
    November 2, 2016 / 12:16 am

    Thank you for this post. I always have such a hard time this time of the year with all this candy around. It is so true that your body instantly can go back to craving the sugar. I think eating every 2 hours is really helpful so you arnt hungry and wanting to eat bad.

    • Shan
      November 9, 2016 / 6:04 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Brittany. Yes, it’s so easy to slip back into the sugar craze! Gotta stay strong. πŸ˜‰


  5. November 2, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Great tips! I can relate to being off of sugar and then having such a struggle to go off of it after eating it again without being verrry careful.

    • Shan
      November 8, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      Yes, Mendi. It’s happened to me many times. Gotta keep up the fight though. Too much sugar is definitely bad for these bods of ours!


  6. November 4, 2016 / 8:23 am

    I’m trying to kick my sugar addiction again after successfully kicking it and losing weight as a result. It is hard and with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up….Oh dear!

    I will certainly use your tips, thanks!

    • Shan
      November 8, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Glad it helped, Daisy. It’s tough, I know! This time of year is like a battle. Never stop trying!!! πŸ˜‰


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