Back to reality after a nice long Holiday weekend and definitely feeling a little guilty about indulging in one too many cocktails…and desserts…and brunches. With that being said, I do like to be mindful about what I eat and to recognize when I have over indulged one too many times. Long weekends like MDW or 4th of July provide ample opportunities for barbecues and bar hopping, so if this weekend left you feeling a little guilty, read below for some tips on how to detox your body after a binge.
Disclamer: I am no health expert, and this is not some sort of strict detox where you drink smoothies and eat Kale Chips every day (although I admit, I have made them and they are quite delicious). Below are just a few tidbits I use to reset when I feel the guilt of Saturdays burgers and beers.
MEAL PLAN: Even if you don’t meal prep, do a little extra work this week and plan most of your meals. If you have the food ready to prepare, or better yet, already made, you’ll be less likely to reach for fast food. Make meals you actually enjoy so it doesn’t seem like you’re punishing yourself.
GET IN GREENS: Any way you can sneak in some extra veggies, do it! One way I like to do this is to chop up raw zucchini in my salads ( I promise, its good!). The pieces have little taste but add a nice crunch. Spinach is an easy one too, throw it in your smoothie, or toss a handful in whatever you are making for dinner.
CUT OUT THE BOOZE: If you enjoy a nightly glass of vino, lay off for a few days. It’s good to give our bodies a reprieve and focus on hydrating. Drink lots of water and swap your nightly glass of wine for a cup of tea with honey. If you can’t stand the idea of drinking plain water, add in some natural flavoring! My favorite is lemon and cucumber slices.
GET MOVING: I am not dedicated to exercise, but I try to get a workout in 3 times a week, even if it’s a short one. You have to get moving to rev up your metabolism and burn off those weekend festivities! Don’t care about burning off the burgers? If anything, the work out will put you in a better mood and leave you feeling less “blah” from your indulgences.
Finally, get some rest! Chances are, you probably ran yourself to every barbeque, birthday party or brunch that you could make. You can’t pour from empty cup, so get some rest and recharge your batteries.