By: Monica Gullon
It’s football season and you’ve overindulged during the game. It’s hard to resist the allure of nachos, Buffalo wings and rich crackers smothered with pimento cheese. Too much food can leave you feeling terrible the next day. Here are seven strategies to get back on a healthy track.
1. Avoid Guilt
Telling yourself you’re a horrible person and you’ve blown it is the surest way to a downward spiral. Punishing self-talk is counterproductive. Instead, accept that mistakes are part of life, remind yourself that today is a brand new day and give yourself credit for vowing to make better choices from now on.
2. Clean up
Toss out all remaining junk food and anything that triggers overeating. Just because you ate too much yesterday doesn’t mean you need to pig out for the rest of the week. Organizing your kitchen will make you feel positive about today.
Salty foods are dehydrating. Revive with cucumber water. This spa favourite is a cinch to make: Fill a pitcher 3/4 of the way with chilled water. Add one peeled, sliced cucumber, one sliced lemon or lime and a few sprigs of cilantro, basil or rosemary. Enjoy all day.
Tip: Is cucumber water not your thing? Check out our 11 refreshing ways to infuse your water.
4. Sip a Smoothie
Perk up your body with a wholesome smoothie. Blend 125 mL (1/2 cup) of orange juice with 125 mL (1/2 cup) plain, nonfat yogurt, 1 frozen banana and 1 mL (1/4 tsp) ground ginger. You’ll get vitamin C from the OJ, potassium and fibre from the banana and protein and probiotics from the yogurt. The ginger can help ease your stomach.
5. Get outside
Soak up some rays with a brisk walk around your neighbourhood or bike to a nearby park. The sunshine and fresh air are sure to feel good and you’ll get some enjoyable exercise too!
Fatty foods can tax your liver, an organ vital to processing everything your body consumes. Try these yoga poses, which can aid liver function: cat pose, cow pose, cobra pose and downward facing dog.
7. Eat Right
It’s tempting to avoid eating the day after you’ve had too much greasy food. Instead, choose high-fibre foods like fruits, veggies and whole grains.
- Try brown rice with steamed veggies and drizzled with sesame oil.
- Treat yourself to a colourful fruit salad with mangoes, berries and melon tossed with lime and honey.
- Opt for a bowl of leafy greens like kale, spinach and arugula dressed with lemon and olive oil.