The holidays are coming to an end and we are left with overly full bellies. Most likely, you feel pretty tired of food; not to mention lethargic, also known as “food coma”. We want our routines and pre-holiday bodies back.
Below are easy tips and tricks to help detox your body and get you back to feeling normal.
Drink water first thing in the morning.
Our bodies are made up of roughly 75 percent water. We NEED it. Our kidneys use water to rid us of certain waste products. If they do not get the adequate amount of water they need, our bodies cannot remove the waste.
Start every morning with a clean breakfast.
There is nothing your body likes more than getting the right nutrients after a long night of sleep. Starting the day off with a clean and healthy breakfast sets you up for a better and more productive day. You will feel healthy and have more energy.
And for all the homebodies…I recommend oatmeal with fruit, one of the best breakfasts of all time. There is a saying that “Oatmeal is King”, meaning oatmeal is the best for breakfast. It helps lower blood sugar, provides fiber, contains needed vitamins and minerals, and has a good amount of protein and fat. I like to cook my oats in almond milk or water, add honey for sweetener, then a little chocolate or vanilla protein powder, and a TBSP of natural peanut butter….. so good!
Throw out all leftover holiday desserts.
Yes, you heard this correctly, throw them out. They are cheap to make and you will see them again next year. This is called “controlling your food environment”. You can control what you buy, what you put on your counter, and what is readily available to eat. Surround yourself with good food. If you have fruit on the counter, you are more likely to eat it because you can see it. If you put it out of sight, you will likely pass it up for something easier to grab (out of sight, out of mind). Leave the fruit where you can see it.
Try your best to eliminate all white flour and sugar.
Both white flour and sugar break down in your body the same. They cause inflammation and an increase in blood sugar. White flour has been considered the “glue” of your waist. White flour, if eaten in excess, keeps the body from burning fat as fuel. In turn, this can add weight gain. No Good!
Avoid eating late at night.
It seems that through the holidays, staying up late and eating is a must. That is fine for awhile, but it will come back to haunt you.
Late night eating has been proven to cause weight gain, higher glucose levels, and higher insulin levels. Try to nip that fast.
Make sleep a priority.
Studies prove a lack of sleep goes along with weight gain. Poor sleep can also increase your appetite by messing with two hunger hormones: ghrelin and leptin. To read more about the studies, click here and here.
Ghrelin is a hormone released in the stomach that tells our brains when we are hungry.
Leptin, a hormone released by fat cells, keeps hunger at bay and signals our brain that we are full. When we do not get the right amount of sleep, our bodies create more ghrelin and less leptin. This leaves us hungry, and our appetite increases.
Detoxing and getting your body back after the holidays will take patience and determination. You will crave sweets and all the goodies! Stick to these simple tips and you should be feeling as good as new!