Christmas holidays are just around the corner, and that means parties, celebrations, big lunches and dinners.
Even the most “diet-conscious” can over indulge and binge, especially during holidays and celebrations. What to do the next day? Panic and take expensive detox products? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Here’s some Nutritionist tips on what to do after a big day of indulging:
- Don’t skip meals and especially don’t avoid breakfast (if you’re used to it). Skipping meals is in fact counterproductive, because it can lead you to be more hungry at subsequent meals. Choose a balanced breakfast, perhaps savoury if you ate too many sugars the day before, for example made with wholemeal sourdough, avocado or with ricotta and walnuts.
- Resume your usual diet, prioritize fruit and vegetables and do not forget about proteins at every meal, which will increase the sense of satiety and keep your metabolism active. It is also a good idea to stick to light cooking like steaming, roasting or grilling.
- If you have had a few glasses of wine or a too many cocktails, don’t forget to drink a lot of water the next day, at least 2 and a half litres. If you struggle to drink a lot of water you can also consume fresh vegetables such as (carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, peppers, fennel) that have a high water content, or chilled herbal teas.
- A common effect of binge eating and little movement is a lazy bowel. What is the best way to wake it up? Eat fibre-rich foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables and engage in light physical activity.
- Choose the physical activity you like the most. You don’t have to go for a run or take an intense session in the gym if you don’t want to, cardio isn’t always the best workout. A long walk or a yoga class will be just fine.
- YES to herbal teas though. My favourite herbs to aid digestion and reduce bloating are: peppermint, ginger, chamomile, dandelion, cinnamon and rosemary. Choose your favourite combination.
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