Today you’re full of all that food, and maybe some regret. Bloated, full around the middle, sluggish, foggy brained, and downright stuffed?
Your first instinct might be to punish- yourself, the holiday and the world in general, and then you’ll vow to never eat again. You decide to starve, drink only green juices, eat only lettuce-until the bloat goes away and you can button your jeans again.
Hold on, girlfriend, that’s not a good idea.
Here are my seven best tips for the “day after”:
1. Don’t starve yourself. Seriously reducing calories the day after a large feast will slow your metabolism, and the day after a large feast is the day you need that metabolism to be working at full capacity.
2. Eat healthy whole foods, high quality proteins, and lots of vegetables to keep your system working all day and burning efficiently.
3. Avoid processed foods, especially those with gluten. Processed foods will add to the bloat today. Avoid bread, pasta, and cracker type foods, and go for salads, vegetables, grass fed meats or legumes and whole grains.
4. Avoid salt and salty foods; that might mean avoiding restaurants because most restaurants over-salt their food. This is a great day for a home cooked veggie stir-fry, or a pureed vegetable soup. (Check out www.nutritionalstyle.com/blog for some ideas.)
5. Drink lots of water to help flush the salt out of your system and to keep you satisfied. Many times when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. Fill your water bottles this morning, add some lemon and stevia for a light lemonade, and indulge in this all day. Flush, flush, flush.
6. Move your body today, go for a long walk or hike or bike ride. Get some fresh air, and smile while you do. This will help to increase your metabolism too.
7. Don’t stress it. Studies show that stress actually leads to weight gain. It’s a holiday, and it’s all okay. Forgive yourself, and think loving, thankful thoughts.
Try this for three days, and you’ll be back to feeling fabulous.