Thanksgiving is over, the leftovers are in the fridge, the air still smells of food. Reminders of over eating are all over, from jewelry being snug, to the elastic on your sweatpants stretching a little further. Feeling the eating overload is bound to happen this time of year. Whether it’s simply losing track of how much you’ve eaten, or perhaps having an extra cocktail. The damage may be done, but there’s no need to feel bloated and overstuffed for long. It might be time for some detoxification work.
Holiday detox refers to the general ‘clean out’ of the body after a heavy meal, or in this case, what might be a heavy season of eating. While many start their new eating habits and restrictions in January with New Years Resolutions, it doesn’t have to wait that long. You can start cleaning up your health immediately and fend off the dreaded packed pounds over the holiday. While a detox isn’t generally needed, by most standards, it can simply be a matter of just feeling better. It’s not about starving or taking laxatives or doing anything but getting some exercise and eating better. In with the good, out with the bad.
Working off extra holiday goodies is likely the best way to start feeling better. Exercise not only will burn off any extra calories consumed, it will also fend off bloat, fatigue and will keep you in a healthy frame of mind about your goals and your health. Step one, get moving.
Flushing the system with water is another good way to start feeling cleaner. Drinking more water than usual will not only flush the system, it will help get rid of the added sodium consumed with the holiday feast as well as any other toxins in the body. Drinking half your body weight in ounces can be a big step in helping your body feel cleaner.
Lay off the sugar and salt, if possible. Sugar, for some, tends to breed the need for more sugar and carbs. By eating low or no sugar, the cravings for comfort foods loaded with carbs and more sugar tends to drop. The less cravings, the less overeating. Salt can add to bloat, it helps retain water, hence less flushing and removal of toxins.
Eat clean. Avoid the junk, stick to your eating plan as much as possible and stay focused. Many feel loading up on veggies is the best way to feel cleaner and rid the body of excess calories, sodium and sugar. Chances are the veggies over Thanksgiving were loaded with cheeses, sauces or something equally unhealthy, so start eating them clean to make up for the nutrients lost.
Perhaps the most important tip, is to avoid the scale. With overeating comes water retention. Water weight shows up on the scale likely for several days until the body is back to it’s pre-feast status. As you spend some days detoxing your body, give it time before you jump back on the scale. Often times seeing the damage done can de-rail your intentions and send you into a depressed mode of hopelessness.
Feeling better comes with making a few choices and sticking to your plan. Whether you are controlling carbs, fat or calories, it’s quite likely the damage done is not as bad as you fear. Don’t over think the basics and just get back into the swing of things and before long, it will all be a distant food filled memory and not an extra inch you can pinch.