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4 Easy Ways to Get Back on Track After the Holidays

I keep overhearing conversations about the best way to lose the holiday weight and get healthier in the new year.

Is paleo or vegan a better alternative? Maybe the Whole30? Or a juice cleanse?

Well, the good news is that it doesn't have to be that complicated. Most people quickly lose the holiday weight in a month or two as they get back to their normal eating and exercising patterns.

But if you want to clean out your system in a gentle, natural way, start with these four easy steps.

(I'll add a more challenging step at the end for those of you who are super motivated to make a change!)

1) Drink more water

Water is the single best way to flush out your system and gain energy for your day. Lack of water can cause heachaches, fatigue or cravings. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water. You should drink at least one full glass of water first thing in the morning.

If you are feeling bold and really want to kick it up a notch, add 2 teaspoons each of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to help your liver detoxify itself, flush your body of toxins, and prepare it to more easily burn fat.

2) Focus on the veggies, especially green ones

Rather than think about what you can't have or shouldn't have, focus on getting at least 5 veggies in each day, plus 1-2 fruits. You should include something green and something orange. Green veggies in particular are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, have lots of fiber to help fill you up, and are linked to cancer prevation.

Plan lunch and dinner around veggies, and add a healthy protein, low glycemic carbohydrate and small healthy fat to make a complete meal that will balance your blood sugar and keep you full.