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How to get back on track

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Coming Back Home

After a long weekend, many of us are returning back feeling, um how shall we say…less than 100%. One of the biggest factors to successful weight loss and adapting a healthier lifestyle is always going back to your healthy habits. I call it “coming home”.

I love a nice long weekend/vacation just like the rest of us. And you will probably find me out having a less than optimal meal like this:


seared ahi tuna burger from Hopdoddy


Is that what I eat all the time?? Absolutely not! BUT it actually is an important part of my lifestyle. Travelling, being social, and enjoying a variety of wonderful foods is part of what brings me great pleasure in life. I went through years and years feeling like I couldn’t touch these “naughty foods”.  Now I am more realistic with myself. I eat clean as a whistle 95% of the time but I know that when I’m on vacation I’ll probably want to veer off the path a bit and that’s ok!

Sooooo, what are the best steps to take after a weekend of not so optimal eating/drinking? So glad you asked!


“Coming Back Home”

Coming back home means getting back on the saddle and revisiting your healthy eating habits. Look through this blog, visit Good Mood Food or Health Freak Food for inspiration.

I usually start my morning off with hot water with lemon and ginger. This helps to tonify the liver & kidneys, clear any mucous, and get the metabolism humming again.


Next I’ll load up on as many alkaline foods as possible. This means getting to the grocery store and stocking up on plenty of ingredients for yummy salads,


green juices,


green smoothies,


and delicious veggie based meals


We all veer off the path from time to time, the important thing is that we come back to our healthy eating and lifestyle. Go for a grocery run, get prepared for the week and you’ll be feeling back to normal in no time!!

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7 Responses to “How to get back on track”

  1. Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch free vegan June 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    We just got back from new york and my god I was feeeelin’ it the next day. Today I had a hot lemon water and went for a run and have been only eating veggies and I feel so much better. Thanks for the tips and for linking HFF!

    • Linda June 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

      Yay Jennifer!! It makes a world of difference!!

  2. well in l.a. June 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    It’s so nice to “come home” and return to your routines and rituals. It also makes me realize if someone like myself – or you, Linda – who KNOWS how to eat healthy and make conscious strides while on the road – struggle with this, anyone who does not have that base level of knowledge is up for a big challenge. I try to pack as much as possible to prepare and get to a store once I land at my destination. But it is always so nice come back home – physically, mentally and emotionally! Hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend!
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    • Linda June 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      Absolutely Erin!!
      While I do veer off path sometimes – usually while vacationing, it’s not typically because I am struggling but because I want to!! I’ve been on this path now for 6 years. I’ve found that because I eat so clean, I can get away with a few naughty “cheat” foods if I so desire 🙂

      Most of the time while travelling I will stick to my favorites like salads, veggies, and green juices but if I want to enjoy a beer and some pizza with my friends, I do it!

      Everyone has different values, but I’ve found that the social aspect is very important to me. As is trying and experiencing new foods, even if they are not 100% clean. That’s just me…

      If I’m at a baseball game, I’m going to have a cold beer. To me, the two just go together! 😉
      But that’s maybe once a year. It’s all about balance, as you know! There are somethings I absolutely WON’T have, things like cheap ingredients, greasy foods, overly processed foods, or fast food. But I find that in a city like Austin, or LA we’ve always got places with good quality “cheat” foods. For instance the burger I pictured was made from wild-caught ahi tuna, home made bread and organic veggies.

      Coming home though is always best. Usually the thing I need most is some “me” time so that I can get re-centered and grounded for the week ahead!

      Much love to you girl!

  3. Sali June 2, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    I had 2 fried chicken legs, a small portion of potato salad and lots of water melon at Mon. picnic and felt guilty afterward. After reading ‘Coming Back Home’ I felt better. Yes, back to healthy eating!

  4. Katrina June 2, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    I go through this all the time. I’m currently living in Switzerland on a 5 month work contract and feel like I’m on a constant vacation. At home (Canada) I eat beautifully and am completely aware of my diet, but here it’s out of control. Luckily, I’m marathon training so I haven’t been gaining too much weight. BUT, my pants are tight and at night with my friends I binge eat. I need to find ways to “come home” now. Hopefully I can take something from this post!!
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