5 Ways to Bounce Back
Ever have one of those weekends, weeks… errr, maybe a month where you just indulge way too much and then feel like crap? If you answered no, I don’t believe you. We all have those times when we drink a little more alcohol than we should have, ate a few too many handfuls of chocolate or maybe had one slice of pizza too many. It’s ok. It happens. And it’s important to treat yourself, but it’s always good to have a plan to get back on track.
Here are my favorite ways to “detox” or just get back on track with my healthy eating after a few days of going rogue.
Hydrate. If you’ve indulged in drinks or foods you don’t normally eat – or just in larger quantities than normal – there’s a good chance your body is dehydrated. When that happens, your body actually holds onto water and your digestion can slow down. So drinks lots of water! If you don’t like plain water, try adding lemon and/or cucumber to spruce it up a bit. Coconut water is also a great option and a good source of electrolytes. Water-rich foods like watermelon, grapefruit and tomatoes also help re-hydrate your body, and broth-based soups, juices and smoothies are other great options.
Reach for whole foods. If you're trying to bounce back, it’s time to step away from the processed, package foods that can be loaded with extra salt and sugar, and focus on eating more nutrient dense, whole foods – think fruits, vegetable, lean proteins and whole grains. These are much easier for your body to digest and will load your system with healthy minerals and nutrients. Probiotics are also key!!
Fiber + natural diuretics = a winning combo. Along with choosing whole foods reach for things that are high in fiber, which will help get things movin’…. if you know what I mean. Fruits and veggies like apples, pears, avocados, berries and carrots are great options, along with things like rolled oats, quinoa, chia seeds and chickpeas. Foods including asparagus, cabbage, celery, watermelon and pineapple are great natural diuretics, meaning they help with fluid retention and assist your body in flushing out toxins and excess sodium/water weight.
Get moving. This one can be hard if you’re feeling bloated, sluggish or just blah, but once you do you will feel sooooo much better (I promise!). Try going for a walk, a run or taking a Pilates class (because Pilates is da best). But really any activity that will get you up and moving is key.
Focus on self-care. Sometimes a weekend of partying or a week of travel can send your body into overdrive. Make sure to take time to relax and recharge – take a bath with Epson salt or a nice hot shower, book a massage or have a little self-care session at home with a face mask and cup of tea. Doing something that is relaxing and will help you feel recharged is very important.