Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed a nice Mother’s Day however you celebrated. We had one of those rare New Jersey spring days where the weather was absolutely perfect. It was nice to snag a few pictures with my grandmother, mother and sister too.
The sunglasses were deliberate. It was the only way to convince my grandmother to allow for a photo opportunity. My mother looks like she is trying to hide behind my sister and I so I think this streak runs in the family. Speaking of family get togethers yesterday is there anyone out there who overindulged or ate differently than normal? I would say that is probably just about everyone!
Best Detox Tips
Ironically, my sister was also asking for some “detox” tips after a vacation in Nashville where the old fashioned cocktails flow pretty freely and the southern fare was rich. I think vacations, parties and holidays make it hard for all of us. Who wants to be the “weird one” and constantly have an excuse not to indulge or go with the flow? And unless you can bring a dish for everyone to share it is a little hard to show up with your own tubberware serving for one. Indulging can be fine to do once in a while, but vacations can be the toughest to bounce back from because you have back to back days of eating out and being able to drink during the day which you typically cannot do when you are working. Well at least, I hope not. 🙂
So as I pondered some advice I was thinking of my best tips when you feel like you have to make a quick turn-around. There is nothing like the pressure of the summer and shorts to add to all of this anxiety of course
- Water! This suggestion is as old as the hills, but it does work. Staying hydrated is essential to cleaning out your system. When I was growing up 8 glasses of water a day was the general rule of thumb to follow. Now it’s half your weight in ounces. I do not necessarily count my daily intake, but I drink at least two large Hydro Flasks a day. Try to establish it as a habit and mix it up if you do not like plain water. Add lemon or lime and try unsweetened sparkling water too.
- Eat green. Vegetables are our best diet resource. They are low in calorie and chock full of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. I love salads especially with a variety of produce available, but I often will default to cooked or sautéed veggies because they are a little easier to digest. The sky is the limit here – try anything and make them the focal point of your nutrition plan.
- Cut down on sugar. For real – I am even including fruit here. Read labels of dressings and sauces to see where sugar may be hidden too. For my salads, I usually stick to a mix of oil and vinegar because the store-bought dressings are very processed and contain a lot of chemicals that are not necessary. I love fruit, but I usually stick to one serving a day so it does not get out of control. Typical choices for me include a half of an apple, banana or orange or a ¼ to ½ cup of berries.
- Get moving. Exercise makes us all feel better and will help to get rid of the bloat that comes along with overindulging. High intensity internal training (HIIT) where you do shorter rounds of more intense exercise is a great way to get your heart pumping. Also, weights or strength training is a great way to go too. Click here to see a TRX workout I posted recently that could be a good resource to get started. If you have time throughout the day fit in a quick walk if weather allows.
- Choose unprocessed. We live in a very processed world, but it’s important to seek out the cleanest food you can find. Choosing raw nuts, proteins, fruit and vegetables is the best way to combat that feeling that comes from going off the rails a bit.
Those are a few of my best suggestions. Feel free to add yours in the comments suggestion below if you have any go-to detox tips!