I don’t know about you, but when it’s holiday time, I go all out. I will eat, drink and indulge on all the homemade baked goods, savoury snacks and then some. I believe in living a healthy balanced life that doesn’t leave you hungry or restricting you from eating the things you want to eat. With that being said, it is important to make up for it in other areas (ie. your workouts) and take the necessary steps to help speed up the “detox” process to get you feeling like your everyday self.

Here are my tips for getting back on track after an indulgent weekend:

1.     Hydrate – And I’m going to say it one more time, HYDRATE. This is such a game changer for your body and a huge necessity after a big weekend. Drink all the water possible as you need it to flush out the excess sodium, sugar and other elements in your system. Add some fresh squeeze lemon to help balance out your pH levels and stimulate the natural enzymes in your liver, which will also help your body flush toxins. If you’re feeling daring, you can even add some apple cider vinegar to this mixture as it is a great method to help hit “reset” on your body.  

2.     Move – Get up and move. This can be as simple as going for a brisk walk, doing some dynamic stretching and at home movement, or even a little downward dog through an active yoga sequences. If working out is a part of your daily life than I’m sure you’ll be jumping right back into the swing of things without hesitation. Personally, I prefer a solid HIIT class that gets my heart rate up and really helps me sweat it all out.  

3.     Consume Clean Foods – I don’t like to use the word “detox” very often as I feel it is more of a buzz word that can cause people to go way overboard and partake in what I consider to be an unhealthy cleanse. For me, the key to any type of “detox” or reset is to stock my fridge with what I know to be clean healthy foods. Say goodbye to all the sugar and excess junk because it’s time to fuel your body with REAL food.

Three Food “Rules” I aim to live by:

1.     Try to consume food in its most natural state - If you can’t see what makes up your meal (ie. The ingredients you are putting in your mouth) then you probably shouldn’t be eating it. For example, a muffin for breakfast vs eggs and toast with avocado. You cannot see what ingredients were needed to produce that muffin but you can see all of the individual items in the egg breakfast.

2.     If you’re not making it, don’t eat it – The easiest way to know what you’re consuming and how much is to make it yourself. Yes this requires a little bit of effort but if you’re not willing to work for it than you don’t deserve it in the first place.

3.     Read your labels and the ingredients – For the most part, I live by the rule that if it comes in a box I’m not eating it. That being said, there are a few exceptions in my pantry and those are things like organic crackers, where I have read and know exactly what is in them.

4. Take a probiotic – If you aren’t already, this is something you should highly consider looking into. Your gut can consists of good bacteria or bad bacteria depending on what you feed it. It’s actually very simple: Bad food feeds bad bacteria. Good food feeds good bacteria. Once you stop giving the bad bacteria fuel (sugar, bad fats etc) they will not be able to survive. In addition,  a probiotic helps support and create an environment for good bacteria to live and thrive helping your body get back into that happy place where it thrives.  

5. Get out of your own head - This might be one of the most important tips I can give you. You enjoyed yourself, you ate a lot, drank a bit, and probably didn’t move too much and IT’S OKAY! Don’t beat yourself up over the weekend you had. Don’t get down on yourself or think that you’ve just taken a massive leap backwards, because you haven’t. You will be surprised what state a few clean days will bring you back to!

Feel free to comment below with any helpful tips that you may use to help reset your body after an indulgent weekend.