So you overate at the first sign of a holiday? Join the club.
One or two days of overdoing it on holiday cheer probably won’t cause any noticeable change on your waistline. The problem becomes when we get in holiday binge-mode starting at Thanksgiving and lasting until New Years resolutions roll around. Everyone could use a little healthy reset, or as pinterest likes to call it a ‘detox.’
Let’s start by talking about the word ‘detox.’ Your body is designed to naturally detoxify itself every single day. Many pills or detox programs on the market are just a combination of laxatives or high fiber supplements combined with diuretics (things that increase your urine output).To really ‘detox’ your body, all you need to do is focus on helping your body do what it is meant to do! When I say ‘detox’, I mean trying to eating and drink foods that are packed with nutrients and will not put any extra digestive burden on my body.
Water, water, water, and more water. Odds are part of the reason you’re feeling a little sluggish or “puffy” is because you’re dehydrated, especially if you imbibed in a few too many adult beverages over the past days. When we eat salty foods, our bodies cling to more water. Ironically, the best way to get rid of water bloating is by drinking more water! Try to drink half of your body weight in ounces each day. It’s best to spread it out over the entire day than to chug all at once, mainly because our bodies can better absorb water as we need it rather than just sending you running to the restroom.
If you want to kick it up a notch, work some green tea into your fluid regimen. Green tea has chemicals in it that help us feel fantastic and may even speed up metabolism. For refreshing and cleansing sip, try brewing a big pitcher of green tea and putting it in the refrigerator to chill. Pour over ice and serve with the juice of a fat slice of lemon.
Leafy green veggies like spinach and kale are packed with vitamins and minerals to help get your body back in balance. Try slipping some into your smoothies, salads, and even pasta sauces. One of the best things you can do when you’re trying to pamper your body is nourish it with the nutrients it needs to feel super strong and vibrant. A daily multivitamin can help with this- I love one made from whole foods.
For the short-term, try to avoid cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts because they can be harder on digestion which can sometimes create gas or bloating.
Steering clear of fried or greasy foods can help you feel lighter very quickly. These foods offer limited nutritional benefit and often leave you feeling weighed down or heavy. Lean protein like turkey, grilled fish, or baked chicken helps fight off hunger while giving the body what it needs to build muscle for a fit and toned physique.
For many people, dairy foods can cause at least mild bloating. Since dairy can be hard on digestion, it’s a good idea to cut back on things like cheese while you’re focusing on lightening up your lifestyle. If you are not phased at all by dairy, stick to low fat yogurt so that you can get a healthy dose of probiotics for belly health.
While you may not feel up to a 5 mile run, or 1 mile for that matter, moving around definitely helps this process along. Not only does exercise stimulate the release of endorphins (or ‘happy chemicals’) in the brain, but it also gets you sweating! Sweat is one way the body gets rid of waste products. Moving around also helps get things moving through your digestive system- further helping you eliminate any waste products lingering around in your body.