Nutritionist urges people not to diet in new year and says to ‘eat normally’ instead

With the new year just around the corner, many of us will be committing to a healthier lifestyle.

After weeks of indulging on huge turkey dinners, cheeseboards and bottles of wine over Christmas, it’s normal to feel a little sluggish.

But that’s not to say that you should try any “crazy” detoxes from the festive season, reports Daily Star.

Colleen Christensen, an American nutritionist who shares advice on her Instagram page, recommends “eating normally” instead, as it’s much more effective than starting a restrictive diet you can’t stick to.

Colleen told her 168,000 followers: “If you’re wondering how to get ‘back on track’ with your eating habits here is my answer: eat normally.”

She added: “You don’t need to do some crazy juice cleanse to detoxify you from all of the holiday goodies you’ve had.

“A) They’re not poison and B) we have these things called a liver, kidneys and other organs that do a pretty darn good job at that.

“If you’re looking to eat clean, wash your veggies to get the dirt off.

“Beyond that, eat normally and you’ll be good to do!

“Restricting or limiting foods will only set you up for entering the vicious restrict-binge cycle.”

Colleen urged her followers to be kind to themselves instead of feeling guilty about binging at Christmas.

She said: “Enjoying holiday food should NOT be seen as a setback. It should be seen as a fabulous part of this life we’re living!

“A balanced diet includes periods of overeating/’overindulging’.

“If we listen to our bodies we won’t need to micromanage our intake.

“They’re pretty good and giving us signals to keep us feeling fab in the long run. That’s no food rules at it’s finest, folks!”

Since being shared, Colleen’s post has received more than 5,500 likes on Instagram with many users praising her advice in the comments.

One person said: “YEP YEP YEP.”

“Saving this right now”, said another.

While a third said: “Love this! It’s so refreshing to hear the truth about food, life and body function.”