Holiday Hangover Cure.

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We’ve all been there. A few too many servings of holiday parties, rich foods, booze, and sugar has left you feeling completely dysfunctional. Your head hurts, your digestion is off, and you crave a remedy ASAP. Want to cure the holiday party hangover and return to your normal energetic persona?
If you are feeling like your body got hit by a truck from splurging on holiday treats and endless merry drinks, here are my top tips on what I typically do to detox my body (and mind) from overindulgence.

Holiday Hangover Cure.

Detox Your Body, Renew Your Energy,

and Be Merry! 

1. Don’t Starve. A lot of people don’t eat the day following a ‘cheat meal’ or holiday party because of guilt. Starving yourself is self sabotage, it causes your metabolism to slow and can lead to yo-yo dieting, binge eating, and weight fluctuations (read: why your diet is making you fat). Instead, get right back on track, do the next best thing, and make a healthy choice. Continue eating balanced meals full of real foods and quality nutrients. No extremes or yo-yoing!

2. Stop with the guilt trippin’. Don’t overanalyze what you ate in the past or beat yourself up for it. Don’t let the guilt over one unhealthy meal turn into more. Everything that has happened has happened. Wallowing in guilt or self pity does nothing positive for you. Learn, let go, and move forward. If you need more support letting go, heres my “snap out of it” strategy to help you  break free from guilt, make peace with yourself, and accomplish your wellness goals.

3. Drink lots of water with lemon. Its hard to remember to drink water, especially when your schedule is jam packed with to-dos. I always bring a water bottle everywhere I go and pound down the H20 to ensure I’m staying hydrated and keep my digestive system happy. If you are drinking enough, your urine should look like lemon juice. If it looks like apple juice you are dehydrated! Getting enough fluids will help with bloating, digestion, and body balance.

4. Workout. Movement is medicine. Do something to active to promote circulation, restore your energy, and a sweat the tiredness (or hangover) out of your system. This is one of the best ways to beat the belly bloating, headache, and fatigue that often comes with eating heavy foods or drinking. Remember, When you aren’t moving, nothing else is either!  Any movement is better than none and will go a long way in helping you recover and restore your energy to normal. Even a walk can prove beneficial, do whatever allows your stomach to feel its best. When I am feeling fatigued I like to do easy aerobic cardio or bodyweight strength combined with and a nice soothing yoga inspired flow. The below at home bodyweight strength routine and yoga inspired flow series is the perfect remedy after a late night out. Combine it with an easy walk outside and you should be feeling back to normal in no time.

5. Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (usually I dilute it in 8oz water). The acidity cleanses your body. Here’s my recipe for a morning apple cider vinegar detox drink. I swear by this drink! Food coma or not, its totally worth drinking daily.

6. Eat Raw Foods. Raw (uncooked) foods have a higher nutrition content and has roughage to help expel the unhealthy foods out of your system.

7. Get rid of the extra sugar, treats, and leftovers. If you don’t want to eat it, don’t keep it in your house. This will help you manage temptation and avoid eating holiday treats at every meal or snack. You don’t have to throw it away, you can give leftovers to friends or those in need. Or you can keep the post holiday treats out of sight and out of reach and allow yourself some in moderation. Sugar in general is very toxic to your body and more addicting than cocaine. If you don’t trust yourself around the substance, it might be best to remove yourself from it.

8. Eat clean, feel good foods post hangover. If you feel extra heavy from your holiday intake,  limit your consumption of processed carbohydrates and eat more foods with high nutrition. Sorry but the typical greasy hangover fare wont help your body. Balance out the holiday parties with light, nutrient filled meals as much as possible and you’ll feel better.

9. Make a plan not over-indulge for the next few days. Balance out holiday parties with healthy habits. It helps to plan out ahead of time what dates you’ll know you’ll be indulging so that you can commit to staying on track the other days. This helps you savor your nights out and stay on track with your healthy habits a majority of the time. Read the 80/20 Rule. 

10. Remember ‘Thoughts Become Things’. Don’t beat yourself up or tell yourself you’re fat, lazy, or weak-minded. Keep your thoughts positive, supportive, and constructive. The holidays are a time to be enjoyed not struggled through. Get your mind right and your actions will follow. Powerful, purposeful thinking will always help you move forward no matter how bad your holiday hangover.

Enjoying the holiday season doesn’t need to totally derail your efforts to stay healthy. There may be some rough mornings and startlingly large food babies in your future, but Im positive if you follow the suggestions above, you’ll still start the new year on the nice list. Whats one way you help your body feel better during the holiday season of parties, traveling, and merry making? Let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you a happy and blessed holiday season my friend.

Always remember: you deserve to feel good and live a life you love.

Here’s to you, your health, and a long, vibrant life.

Caroline

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