How to get back on track with diet after shut-in

I know there are a lot of people that have bigger things to worry about than getting back on track with their diet or workouts. Please know that this post is only intended for those who can think about their waistlines and eating/exercise.

drop the cookies and sweets and get back on track to meet your goals

Believe it or not, I have a sweet tooth. Heck, I am going through a little dark patch right now not knowing if I will have a job in about a week, so it’s brought my cravings up loud and proud.

I know that sometimes when you get stuck at home or feeling stressed and the treats are readily accessible, it is a sure-fire way to disaster.

Typically, I lose my appetite for the most part. I don’t eat nearly as much as I am supposed to eat. For me, that is just as bad as eating all the sweets.

But either way, it’s time for us to get back on track with diet and working towards our goals.

Here are the 5 things you can do to get back on track:

Meal plan and prep

woman meal plan and prep food

It is always easier to eat better when you have planned and even prepped your meals ahead.

If you like to eat fresh vegetables daily, cook your protein – chicken, turkey, or beef – and store it in the frigde so that you only have to make your sides nightly. I look at grocery store sales online and come up with what I will cook.

Get back to your regular workout schedule

get back on track to meet your goals by heading outside.

Get out of the house and back to the gym, your run or go for a walk.

I hibernated in my apartment but I’m trying to break the rut. I am forcing myself to get back in the gym on the days and times that I would normally be there.

Stay busy

Get out of the house and do something. If you were not evacuated, you are probably returning to work. If you live along the coast or where there was an impact, you can volunteer to help with clean up, watch a friend’s kids…you name it and I’m sure you can find someone who needs help with some or all of the above things.

Drink more water

Drinking water is important, but really, I need something to fill the void of ice cream and popcorn. Seriously!

woman picking up bottle of water

I try to reach for my bottle of water every time I crave something so that I can fill myself with something. No need to try to fight through it with no replacement of any kind.

Replace snacks with healthier options

Snacking is not off the table. Try an apple with peanut butter instead of a bag of chips. You also can cut up sweet or bell peppers with hummus.

Quest protein BBQ chips are a great alternative to regular chips. I’ve used them as a side as well as part of a main dish with some chicken salad.

Heck, you can cut up a cucumber and sprinkle some salt on them.

Meet up with someone

get back on track with your plans by meeting up with someone or your accountability partner

I am a huge fan of accountability partners. You are more likely to show up and get the job done when you have someone to meet up with.

You and your partner don’t have to do the same thing, but knowing that someone is waiting for you almost ensures that you will get back on track in no time.

Getting back on track with your food, eating habits and everyday activities will make a difference. It will make a difference for your overall health.

What are your tips for getting back on track?

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