How to beat post-holiday bloat

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — You don’t usually get to indulge yourself, but it’s hard to resist holiday candy, cookies, and other sweets this time of year. It can leave your tummy a little bit of a sort.

“All of these foods, for the most part, can cause inflammation in the body,” said wellness coach Joy Thurman.

If you got over it during the holidays, you should start getting back on track now.

Start by cutting out those fatty and sugary foods.

“It may start to make you feel better and get back into your healthy eating schedule whether you’re tracking your calories, keeping track of your micronutrients, or being aware of the foods you’re eating,” Thurman said.

He also suggests focusing on lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and hydration.

“Water will hydrate our cells, and I especially think people forget that water has electrolytes in it: sodium, potassium and magnesium, and these are very important,” Thurman said.

Movement is also important to help with this bulge, whether it’s walking, stretching, or traditional yoga poses.

“You’re getting your blood into your muscle tissue; that’s going to provide the nutrients for that. This will also help your digestive system. It’s a motivator, so digesting that food and helping push it through.”

You should pay special attention to how you eat, Thurman says. If you slow down and enjoy every bite, you may find that you eat less.

Thurman says to also think about and change all the habits you may have added during the bad holidays. Whether you’re adding better sleep to your day, focusing on more fruits or vegetables or eating more fiber, he says these small changes can have a big impact on your health.