If you completely overindulged on Thanksgiving, you’re not alone. We’ve all experienced the dreaded food coma associated with going #FeastMode for a day, but don’t panic! We’re here to offer some simple tips on how to detox, recover and get your body and mind back on track.
1. Don’t beat yourself up
Practice holiday food forgiveness. You can’t undo what has been done and feeling guilty does not lead to healthier habits. After you enjoy the holiday (and its delicacies), make the decision to pick yourself back up and continue your normal routine of eating healthy and being active.
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Hydration is key after a large meal, as it aids digestion. The typical Thanksgiving feast consists of foods high in starch and sugar, causing you to retain excess water. Fueling up with water days after allows your body rehydrate and get rid of excess water.
3. Hit the studio
If you want to speed up the process of digestion and recovery, get moving. Increasing your heart rate and working your muscles will kick-start your lymphatic system, which is the detoxification system of your body. Maximize calorie burn by taking a high intensity Flywheel class—a longer, Torqy Burn ride, if you can!—which will help you sweat out toxins, decrease fat storage and boost your metabolism for hours afterward. Even if you don’t feel like it, moving your body will certainly begin the cleansing process.
4. Hide the leftovers
Encourage family & friends to take holiday leftovers home with them. With what remains, portion them in single-serving containers and store in your freezer. Not only will freezing prolong food’s shelf life, moving extra food out of sight and out of mind will help you return to your normal, heathier eating habits. Dividing food up into single servings may require some extra work but will significantly help with portion control when you get the urge to dig in.
5. Follow up with healthy eats
Most, if not all, Thanksgiving meals are filled with fat, salt and sugar, so resetting and focusing on balanced nutrition is a good idea. After gorging yourself you may be tempted to skip meals. Don’t! This only forces your body to shift into conservation mode, burn fewer calories and hang onto any added fat (rather than letting it go).
Eating steady portioned, nutrient-rich meals on a routine schedule will help keep your blood sugar and insulin levels on an even keel. For those who may be sick of cooking and low on energy, stock up on Healthy Choice’s Power Bowls. These delicious and easy frozen meals take less than 5 minutes to heat up and they’re full of nutrients, including all-natural proteins, leafy greens and whole grains—a healthy meal made simple! Consider opting for these or another simple go-to meal for a few days. Consistency will allow the body to restore balance more quickly.