After a long weekend of feasting on yummy Thanksgiving leftovers and holiday goodies, I’m sure many of us woke up feeling fatigued, bloated, headachey, dehydrated…BLAH! This feeling is most definitely a food hangover!! You just feel yucky inside and you never want to eat again.
Here are some great tips to get you back to feeling like your healthy self:
EAT breakfast! Preferably a fruit filled one. Smoothies are a GREAT option for the morning after an over indulgence weekend.
Drink TONS of WATER!!! I can not stress this enough. Drinking water is crucial if you want to reduce bloating. Carry a water bottle around with at all times. That way it is always there, you can sip on it all day long with out even thinking about.
Exercise! Nothing makes you feel more fabulous than a sweat session! When you are feeling bloated and sickly they last thing you want to do is go work out!! Find a way to get yourself motivated, think of how great you will feel afterwards. Get your tookus moving!! You will feel like a brand new person.
If you don’t want to go for that 6mile run or jump on the elliptical machine. Yoga, Walking, light weight lifting, Ab work are all GREAT alternatives. Use the internet to find resourceful free instructional demonstrations. Self.com, Shape.com all have great videos. Yogatoday.com is one of my absolute favorites. I have several yoga DVD’s that I just get bored with. Everday Yogatoday.com has a new video. They have several videos that are good for all levels. It is a great free resource to use.
When all is said and done it doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do just DO SOMETHING! Don’t sit around and think that icky feeling will just go away. Burn off all those calories you ingested!!!
Stay clear of salty foods. Salt is your worst enemy on recovery days. Make sure you eat whole foods, don’t waste your time on over processed foods. Fruits and veggies are your best friend!
Remember, the holidays only come once a year. If you continue to eat healthy and stay active all year long a couple days of holiday eating will not turn you into a blimp. Just stay focused on the following days and listen to your body. *NOTE: It takes 3500 extra calories to gain one pound of weight.
I leave you with this refreshing smoothie:
½ Cup Milk
¼ Cup Dannon All natural Plain Yogurt
4 Frozen strawberries
½ teaspoon vanilla
Splash of OJ
Combined all ingredients in a blender. Serve.
*Pictures above from Google images. *smoothie picture petitfoodie.
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