OK, so I have a few tricks up my sleeve to avoid the sluggish feeling that can come with overindulgence. Let’s face it, even if we stay within our calorie budget we can feel icky if it’s foods our body may not be used to. Anybody else get headaches with too much sugar? Maybe you feel a little more irritated than normal because of more processed foods sneaking in? Whatever the cause, I have a quick solution for you
Quick Holiday Detox
This works best over the course of 2-3 days, but even if you can only get the morning schedule down you will notice a difference
As soon as you rise: Drink 6 oz warm water with fresh lemon and about 1 tablespoon local honey
It is IMPERATIVE that you avoid sugar like the plague!
Breakfast: Green Detox Smoothie
In a blender:
6-8 oz pure water
1 celery stalk
1 handful spinach
1 handful romaine
1/2 tart apple
1 kiwi, skinned
Juice of 1 lemon
Small handful of parsley (optional, but it HELPS!)
This makes a pretty big glass and the taste of the fruit severely over powers everything else, so you’re good to go.
If you’re still hungry, feel free to have 1/3 cup oats cooked in 2/3 cup water and either egg whites or fat-free Greek yogurt.
Lunch: Large plate of salad greens, 3-5 oz salmon, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, all drizzled with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon.
Snack: Raw veggies (baby carrots, snap peas, celery, cucumber, etc). You can have a small serving of hummus OR some non fat Greek yogurt if needed.
Dinner: Large serving of salad, 3 oz grilled chicken breast, assorted veggies, drizzled with 1-2 teaspoons olive oil and juice of 1 lemon.
If you are hungry before bed, consider another small portion of your green drink, some hot tea, or a nutritional shake such as SHAKEOLOGY.
The calorie count here hovers around 1200 (eat a LOT of veggies!) which can be pretty low. Try to avoid dairy and gluten (I’m NOT promoting diets that cut them out, but have found eliminating them on short-term basis can aid in better digestion and assimilation of nutrients).
If you plan to stay to the plan, do NOT exceed 3 days straight and make sure you are drinking a minimum of 1 gallon of water per day.
Have FUN! and Merry CHRISTmas!