Well, we are now a few days into November, meaning that we all somehow survived Halloween and the barrage of sweet treats that we all know we really should NOT be eating (yet we always manage to snag a few… or a lot).
It’s ok if you slipped up a bit! Everyone does at some point, even the most devoted fitness buffs. The key is getting back on track. So here are some tips for how to detox after a sugar-filled night of haunting.
- Break your sugar addiction pronto: did you know that the more sugar you eat, the more your body will crave it? One night of going overboard with the sugary treats can really mess up your digestive system. Ready for a challenge? If you find that you are craving sweets, take celebrity trainer Jackie Warner’s advice: take five days to wean yourself off of sugar and refined carbohydrates. You can do this by eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies instead of all the junk. If avoiding sugar altogether seems impossible (especially in light of leftover holiday treats), check out our tips for reducing your sugar cravings
- Drink more water: if you make water consumption a mega priority the day after your Halloween slip-ups, not only does it help to flush all of those toxic ingredients out of your body (plus help your hangover at the same time), it will also give you energy to help you get through the day
- Eat more good-for-you foods: let me stress this point: try and avoid all of those delicious processed foods as if they were carrying a deadly virus. This is the time to eat real food. Add salads, smoothies, whole ingredient-based meals and healthy treats to your diet to replace all of that junk that you really don’t need. Vegetables are key – eating a produce-rich meal today will help your body crave the good instead of all the bad
- Get moving: this will rev up your metabolism and keep it going (plus help your body to sweat out all the bad stuff). Try and keep your workouts as intense as you can take it. If the thought of exercise makes you shudder, try just getting out and going for a brisk walk instead. Yoga offers a few detoxifying poses that will help you as well
- Fight fatigue: whatever your traditions are and whatever you have planned for the upcoming holidays, this season can sure chip into your precious sleep time. If you want to make sure that you don’t have to go through the day feeling tired all the time, try eating some fatigue-fighting food like whole grain toast with peanut butter and fruit, cereal with yogurt and raisins or scrambled eggs. Make it a habit to get to bed early as much as you can. You can definitely benefit from recovery sleep, so that you don’t feel overly tired for the rest of the week
So even though the holidays (pretty much ALL of the holidays) may have a tendency to put a stake in your health journey, you CAN get back on track. It isn’t even that hard, if you set your mind to it!