How I Recovered From An Indulgent Weekend
We have all done it and will do it again! Those weekends where you might have drank a little too much or eaten a little too heavy. This past weekend I was celebrating a friend’s birthday party complete with wine tastings and cupcake sampling…not to mention the ridiculous amount of gummy candies! By Sunday morning I was chomping at the bit to get back to business in more ways than one. It turns out, that all the indulging was exactly what I needed to bring me back to center. The weeks of holiday eating, drinking, and celebrating have come to an end. Now it is up to me to heal my body, spirt, and well being. Check out these healthy living tips to help you bounce back!
The first thing I did when arriving home was to put on a pot of lemon water. I wrote last week about freezing the lemons and grating them for use. I have had many questions about this since that post. Here is the routine again. I buy a bag of small organic lemons each week. I go organic, because I will be consuming the entire fruit. Soon after purchase I wash the lemons, cut off the ends, and place in freezer bags. I keep 3-5 in my freezer at any given time. When I am ready to use one for hot water, smoothies, soup, etc I simply take one out of the freezer, and go to town with my citrus grater. I may grate anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 of the lemon at any given time. Whatever is left, I pop back in the freezer for later use. The reason I freeze them is to get the benefit of the entire lemon. By freezing, the lemon grates more easily and incorporates better into whatever I add it to. The peel holds such a large value nutritionally. As much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins likeVitamin C, Vitamin A, beta carotene, folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium than the lemon itself. Other uses for the powerful peel can be found here.
Another thing I did was eat…that’s right! I ate more. Except this time I filled my gut with green, raw, clean foods. Scrambled eggs with a side of avocado and berries. The last thing you want to do is stop eating. Starving yourself will not replace or remove what you ate the days before. Your body needs fuel. Choose healthy, feel good foods to heal and bring down inflammation in the gut caused by the sugar and alcohol you previously consumed.
Later Sunday afternoon, I made a trip to the store. I stayed on the perimeter of the market and planned out meals for the week based on seasonal produce and lean proteins from the meat case. Recipes like chicken thighs and brussels sprouts, grapefruit smoothies, and avocado|feta|beet salads.
It is now Monday, just 24 hours post bender! My day started with a strength training circuit and ended with a protein packed dinner of chicken thighs, mashed cauliflower and root veggies! This closed out a full day of eating ( totaling 1600 calories and 5 meals).
Never miss a chance to celebrate the good times. Never miss a chance to spend time away with people who you hold dear. Never miss a chance to reset yourself and nourish your body the way you deserve!