Easy Holiday Detox Plan


So here you are, sitting at your desk, back to the grindstone after a long holiday weekend. If you are anything like me, you couldn’t resist from diving head first into a bag of tortilla chips or grabbing refill after refills of wine because, well, it was a holiday! That’s what you’re supposed to do! As you sit clicking away at your keyboard, the guilt slowly sets in as you glance down at your waist band. Bleck. Fear not weekend warrior. Here are a 3 simple ways you can quickly detox and debloat by the weekend!

  1. CHUG water. The day after a holiday, I head straight to the H20. Aim to drink a gallon of water throughout the day to flush out your body of excess water retention from those less than healthy foods you probably ate over the long weekend. That is about 7 water bottles throughout the day. Try adding lemon slices to some, which is a natural diuretic. Green tea and black coffee are also great options to help debloat.
  2. Sweat! Heading straight to the gym or the pavement is the best thing next to drinking lots of water you can do to make yourself feel better. Sweating helps rid excess water, raise your endorphins and get things moving again. If you can, aim for 30-60 minutes of exertion to make it count.
  3. Go lean and green! For the next few days, stay away from white foods, cheese, dairy, breads, pastas and rice. Swap for lean proteins and greens to make your body turn to fat reserves instead of carbohydrates for energy. Green veggies contain good for you fiber that keep you full, essential digestive enzymes and are low in calories. Lean protein also helps keep you full longer because it takes the body a long time to break down.

So what does this quick “feel good” plan actually look like? Try this sample menu!

3 egg white and spinach omelet with ½ sliced avocado and ¼ cup of blueberries

Morning Snack:
Small handful of almonds (about 20)

Spinach salad with 4oz of lean protein, chopped veggies and a homemade vinegarette with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar

Afternoon Snack:
¼ cup hummus and snow peas or sliced peppers

4oz lean protein, 2 cups of steamed vegetables and ¼ cup quinoa

No matter how you indulged, always remember that your body always fluctuates depending on many different factors. Don’t be too hard on yourself that you drive yourself crazy trying to get back to your normal self. With these easy tips, you can help yourself feel better in no time!

Want more healthy summer tips? Check out “Spring into Summer” in the new issue of Sweet Lemon Magazine!


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