Holidays are a much desired and needed rest period meant to be used to relax, enjoy food and spend quality time with our families. However, sometimes holiday eating can go overboard. Here are my tips how to bounce quickly from the food coma and feel light again – if this is your goal!
1. Simple BUT Golden: drink a lot of water: preferably with fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice. Water with added citrus will not only hydrate you but will also speed your digestion and alkalize your body.
2 Stock on the alkalizing foods.
Too acidic gut environment is linked to adverse effects on cell metabolism: as impaired energy production, fluid accumulation and edema, and a likely increase in free radical production.
- Alkaline-forming foods include most fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds and herbal teas.
- Acid-forming foods include most grains, beans, meats, dairy products, fish, fast foods and processed foods
3. Increase your vegetables. As you know, veggies are low-calorie, fiber-rich foods that will sweep your flora from undigested food (animal products tend to require much longer time to digest than the plant-based ) and keep you fuller for longer. You can easily decrease the volume of food you are consuming in the days post Christmas by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet (way more calorie-dilute than other foods and very filling because of the fiber!). In this way, you will quickly feel refreshed and motivated to exercise. Most likely your body will crave lighter foods naturally, if you are an intuitive eater with no history of binge eating (* if you do, please don’t follow this protocol and talk a registered dietitian/or therapist).
4. For a couple of days, skip on adding oils, eating animal fats or snacking on too many nuts/or avocados.
Holiday meals tend to have a rich fat content and fat, whether ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ goes directly to your fat deposits if you don’t utilize it for energy in the following days, which will be hard if you have consumed a lot if it in access. Please note that you can`t gain pound of fat from one or two extra-rich holiday meals. However, the saturation of fat and sugar in your blood stream surpasses the leptin hormone and can easily leave you craving sugary desserts and greasy foods long after the holiday because of the insulin resistance created in the blood stream from the overindulgence in fats.
6. Cut down on soda, juices, coffee, energy drinks and alcohol for at least 3 full days. The body is designed to quickly rebound to homeostasis but it, in order to repair, it needs some time off to clean itself and rest.
I hope you implement my tips for few consequent days and I promise you quickly will feel better and energized again!
Stay healthy! <3
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