|February 28, 2024

How to Get Your Diet Back on Track

By Rebecca Paredes
Reviewed by Emily Gonzalez, ND for Scientific Accuracy

How to Get Your Diet Back on Track

Okay, so you had big plans to eat a squeaky-clean diet and stay active over the holidays. But between the stress of travel, the allure of sweets and the spirit of celebration, you fell off the wagon. It happens. You’re human.

The great thing about nutrition is that it’s a journey, not a destination. That means you’re never really “off track” — every choice, every step and every bite helps paint the larger portrait of your health. Being Bulletproof isn’t about being perfect. It’s about taking simple steps every day to feel strong, energized and awesome.

Here’s how to make it happen.

How to get back on track

1. Don’t beat yourself up

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Eating a cookie does not make you a bad person. You aren’t going to gain tons of body fat just because you had too much sugar. And unless you have a food allergy or sensitivity, a little dairy isn’t the end of the world.

Moderation is key here — it’s all too common for people to let one bite of “bad” food lead to a night of binging. If you eat foods you normally limit or avoid, pay attention to how you feel. You might feel a little sluggish, bloated or foggy. Your digestion might not be at its best. But your body is a powerful regulator, and once you return to your regular diet, it all balances out. When you think about it, that’s pretty amazing.

2. Take care of yourself

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If you’ve ever turned to comfort food after a long day, you know exactly how stress can impact your health and wellness goals. It’s easy to stay on top of your diet when life is easy — but it’s way more difficult when you’re stressed and sleep deprived.

Nutrition is a huge part of taking care of yourself, but sleep quality, stress and exercise play a role, too. Here’s how to make sure you’re covering all your bases:

3. Plan ahead

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You absolutely should enjoy every holiday party, dinner with family and late nights with friends. Meaningful relationships and quality experiences are part of a healthy lifestyle, too. But if you want to cover your bases, you can plan ahead to make sure you’re eating nourishing meals, supporting your sleep quality and showing up at peak performance day in and day out.

4. Don’t fall for fad diets

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Spoiler: Fad diets fail because they leave you feeling deprived, not fueled. Don’t fall for fad diets that promise to “slim your waist” and “accelerate your metabolism” with low-fat, zero-flavor hacks. Depriving yourself of nourishing foods and nutrients isn’t sustainable, and it isn’t fun. That’s why the Bulletproof Diet emphasizes quality fats and whole food nutrition. You’ll feel full, satisfied and focused — not hangry. Here’s how to get started.

5. Keep moving forward

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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, nor should there be. Everyone is different, and every single body has different needs based on genetics, activity levels, diet and lifestyle. That’s great. That also means that you should find what works for you and what makes you feel amazing. That might mean you follow a ketogenic diet. Maybe you’re Paleo. Maybe you’re Whole30, but also follow the Bulletproof Diet.

If you’ve “fallen off” your diet, it’s never too late to get back into a routine that helps you feel energized and live a more healthful lifestyle. You’re being Bulletproof, and we’ve got your back every step of the way. Just follow Bulletproof on , and . Share your journey on social media with the hashtag #BeBulletproof and tell us how you’re living your best life.

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