If you are anything like me, you had way too much of everything yesterday. Cakes, beer, vodka, fries, pizza, soda, chips. All in the same 6 hour period. If you are feeling a bit remorseful today, here is a plan to flush out all that junk from your body and get you back on track.
Flush Your System
I do not regret the occasional junk food meal. However, I do take steps to repair my body afterward. I believe that our bodies are a function of what we eat. A day of junk leaves me feeling lethargic and bloated for days afterward. I suspect it is the same for a lot of women.
The first thing I do on the morning after a day of eating junk food, is to flush with a pint of water immediately on waking. I add a splash of lemon juice to warm water and drink it all before doing anything
else. Both the warm water and the lemon juice provide a mild cleansing action which your body will need to begin the process of eliminating toxins from your body. Lemon juice also creates an alkalizing effect in the digestive tract. The more alkaline, the healthier the body. Lemon juice also is a great source of antioxidants. This is an excellent way to begin your recovery from your 4th of July over -indulgence.
Instead of your usual cereal, bagels or toast, enjoy two grapefruit halves and a couple of boiled eggs. For the next three days, you are going to detoxify your digestive tract by filling up on fiber and foods that stimulate a cleansing action. The eggs provide protein that will keep you feeling fuller longer.
Detoxify With Water
This is one time when the normal recommended 8 cups per day is not enough. You will need to drink a cup of water every 30-45 minutes. Nothing detoxifies quite like water can. You need this much to beat the lethargy and bloating from having excess carbs and junk food. If you became dehydrated from the alcohol, drinking a lot of water will replenish your parched cells.
In between breakfast and lunch, and again between lunch and dinner, fruits such as mangos, melons, prunes, peaches, and kiwi will boost your antioxidant intake. Your body needs this to repair itself. These fruits will also aid in the elimination process.
A Delicious Fiber-Filled Lunch
For lunch, make it a huge fresh salad. Throw in some beans and nuts for a satisfying and tasty meal. Avoid drinking any carbonated beverages and opt for water instead.
To top off your first day of detox, end it with a sweet potato and poached salmon.
I have followed this routine before and I did it again today. By the end of the third day, your body will be back to normal, the bloating will be gone along with the extra calories you consumed in the spirit of celebrating the nation’s birthday.
What are some things you do to get back on your diet following a binge day?
(I am not a health professional. I only suggest what works for me. If you have special needs, you should speak with your health professional before starting any modified diet.)
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