We all have times when we overindulge and wind up paying for it the next day. That was me this last weekend. A local sandwich shop has the most amazing Philly Cheesesteak ever! Normally I get a 6-inch, and am full for most of the day. This time, I decided to get a 12-inch, and eat half for lunch and half for dinner. This, along with a sweet care package from my stepsister in Montana that contained beer and taffy, was a recipe for disaster. My body hated me the next day.
We all have days like this, though. We know we shouldn't indulge, but we do and deal with the consequences later. However, it's a good thing to recognize these days and try our best to make them few and far between.
So after you have these types of days, here are a few tips to help you get back on track:
1. Have a fruit and veggie-filled juice.
Some of my favorite items to use are kale, oranges, apples, lemons, carrots, and pears, but there are a lot of options. If you buy a store bought juice, make sure it's 100% juice without any added sweeteners or preservatives. Honestly when I make my own juice, I can feel a huge difference in my energy level. And the fruit that I add to my juices are already so sweet, I don't need to add anything else.
2. For lunch, have a salad.
You can make your own dressing if you'd like or use an all-natural one. My salad of choice includes arugula, olives, artichoke hearts, sesame seeds, and Woodstock dressing. The dark leafy greens are full of chlorophyll, which will help flush out heavy metals and will also detox the liver naturally. The olives are a good source of iron, aid in digestive health, and contain a lot of Vitamin E. The artichoke hearts help digest fat. And the sesame seeds help lower bad cholesterol and are rich in niacin. These foods have other health benefits, but those are a few that really stood out! I paired this salad with 32 ounces of water and a smoothie that was dairy and sugar free.
3. For dinner, make something at home using only whole foods.
Don't buy something that is going to be quick and easy, but full of preservatives and artificial ingredients. You can make quick and easy meals at home too. You could make a meal in the slow cooker, like the Chicken Potato Indian Curry or Coconut Chicken, which only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. Both recipes can be found on my website.
4. Drink plenty of water!
Shoot for at least 64 ounces of water, but ideally you should drink about half your weight in ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water per day.
5. Get out and exercise!
Nothing makes me feel more on track than when I get a good workout in for at least 30 minutes. I like that I'm getting my body moving and sweating out any of the toxins that may be lingering around from my over-indulgence.
If you are feel like you dug yourself a big hole, you may want to consider doing a 7-Day Detox. You'll feel like a brand-new person by the time it's over. You can use this tool seasonally to get back into the swing of things and really take control of your health by getting back on track. You can find information about the Elite Health Coaching Seasonal Detoxes at www.elitehealthcoaching.com.