6 Detox Tips to Get Back on Track After Holiday Overindulgence

Yesterday was Christmas. It was awesome. My kids had a ball opening gifts. Seeing the joy in their faces made my heart swell. There was a whole lot of pretty dang clean (in the scheme of things), super delicious food, sweets, perhaps too much salt, and way too much dairy for this belly. Today was leftovers…you know I’m not going to let all that go to waste! Haha.

It was yummy and special and wonderful.

I ate what I wanted without feeling any guilt at all. But what I am feeling now is super hungover (and I’m pretty sure it isn’t from the few sips of wine I had…I am a “lightweight,” but not THAT bad. Haha).

Thankfully, I had listened to an awesome podcast by my girl Chalene Johnson last week to help such a situation called “What to do in the Event of an Overeating Emergency”. Handy, right? I thought so too. I’ll link it here so you can hear it first hand, but in the meantime, here are some highlights as interpreted by yours truly. 😁

It boils down to these six detox tips to get back on track after holiday indulgence, which I’ll be starting tomorrow. Ha!

6 Detox Tips to Get Back on Track After the Holidays


1. STOP!
Just because you have overindulged or felt like you’ve “cheated” doesn’t mean that you should just throw the whole day away and keep on going with the overindulgence. Have you ever done that? “Oh dang…I just ate a whole pie, there went my clean eating plans. I guess I’ll just eat 10 cookies too”. Well…this time…don’t. 😉 Just stop where you are at once you realize what you’ve done.

2. Forgive Yourself.
Don’t wallow. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t feel guilty or stew about what (or how much) you ate. Just know that it is ok. You are human. EVERYONE does it. Enjoy that “cheat” and move on!

3. Make with a Plan.
Make a menu for the next week. Schedule your workouts. Call a friend and tell them how you feel and what you want to change. Get them involved as your accountability partner! Don’t let one day (or a few) of overindulgence to turn into an avalanche and lose track of your progress and your goals! Make a plan and get to it!

According to Chalene, although it isn’t the prime type of workout for fat burning, what you want to do for its detox capabilities is to do 45-60 minutes of MODERATE (and steady) intensity cardio. No HIIT workouts. No weightlifting. Just moderate, steady cardio…a bike ride, a run, dance, you get the idea! And then follow that up by some yoga or PiYo moves that involve TWISTING to really “ring out” your digestive system and get things moving!

5. Greens & Water.
The day after overindulgence, cut out the meat, add in loads of greens and veggies. Again, the goal of this is to get things MOVING! Fiber it up and rinse it out. Haha. Salad, kale, chard, spinach…greens, greens, greens! And tons of water. Typically it is recommended to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water. Perhaps consider trying for a gallon challenge on this day?!

6. End Your Day Early.
On the day after overindulgence, stop eating one hour earlier than the day before and go to bed one hour earlier than the night before. Work on resetting your body and starting over!

And there you have it – six simple steps to detox your body and get you back on track. Don’t let a day of letting it all go ruin your goals and your plans for success. Enjoy it, no guilt, move on, get back to work treating your body right and feeling goooooood! Good luck!

Here is the original podcast episode from The Chalene Show – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chalene-show-motivation-leadership/id911042029?mt=2&i=357852975

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Making Christmas: Paleo Pies, Prime Rib, Clean Cookies for Santa, Mary Poppins, and a DIY Lego Table…

Christmas Eve eve…when the making of Christmas really begins… 🎄❄️😍❤️
The goal: Have as little possible to accomplish on Christmas Day other than hanging out and playing with the littles.

So today…

*Cookies for Santa baked (and nearly burnt…doh!) by me and the kids. 🍪

I asked het to go grab an apron. she came back with a cape.

*Prime Rib seasoned by Anthony.

Me and My Love Taking the Kitchen By Storm


*Pumpkin Pie baked by me.  

*DIY Lego table under construction (me). 🎁 

*”Mary Poppins” as performed by Nolan Lam for his sissies and neighbor friends. 🎭🎶 

It’s been a good day.
Cookies (my fave clean chocolate chip cookies!!): http://www.mommypotamus.com/gaps-chocolate-cookie-bites/
Pumpkin Pie Filling: http://www.primallyinspired.com/paleo-pumpkin-pie/
Pumpkin Pie Crust: http://www.sweetashoney.co.nz/coconut-flour-shortbread-crust/

Transformation Tuesday Project 2016. Me. Take 1. December 22nd. 

Today a friend challenged me to do something that scares me.
It requires me to be fully bare (well…not FULLY bare, but you know…) and vulnerable. It requires me to believe in myself. 

It requires me to learn to love myself (mostly MY BODY)…where I’m at. This hasn’t always been something that I’ve done with ease. 

Back in July of 2013 when the girls were mere months old, I started working out in my living room more days than not (haha…generally 5x/week, but not always) and I was challenged to post “sweaty selfies” in my very first online accountability group. I was super uncomfortable -borderline not gonna do it. 

It was just my face. But at that point in my life, I hated having my picture taken. I was embarrassed. I would cheese ridiculously (though…I’m still totally guilty of this. Haha) because if you are intentionally looking goofy, then it is okay (even ideal) if you look goofy versus feeling like I had to look “pretty” or be perfectly poised or posed, to have the perfect smile, etc. I was rarely in pics with my kids. I was rarely in pictures at all. That sucks.

But when I’m “in,” I’m ALL IN. So…of course, I took the challenge and I posted the “sweaty selfies” in the group. And you know what!? 

There it was. 


The face that I’ve had my whole life, but that even at (then) 31-years-old was almost scared to see…there it was…staring back at me…every.single.day. And low and behold…I got used to it! Ha! 

Imagine that. I actually began to be able to see ME not just the scar in my eyebrow, the mole on my lip, the lateral tooth that is a little too short and a little too far back, not just the way my upper lip wrinkles or how my nose widens when I smile. Just ME. Ha. Pretty dang tricky. 

From there, it transitioned out of “sweaty selfies” and into pictures of ME with my kids, my husband and even on occasion, just me standing there all by myself. 

So now the challenge deepens.

Challenge: Take a “right now” BODY selfie every week for a year AND SHARE THEM! It has been a weird couple of months and I’m not going to lie, my body and my strength is not at all where I want it to be…but…does that make me less of a person? Nope. Sure doesn’t. It does make me feel less strong…uhm…because I am less strong. Haha. But that will be sorted out. I have really come a loooong way from where I used to be with body image, but I do still struggle. I see my “nose” for a belly button, loose/discolored skin from my pregnancies, my calves that are sorta “cankle-y”. My thighs that have always been a trouble spot, my cellulite on my bum… I could pick myself apart all day long. Isn’t that what society has taught us women to do? Isn’t that what our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, and friends have (perhaps unintentionally) taught us to do? 

Uhm…let’s change that. So, just like I did with my face, I’m going to do it with my body. I’m going to see my body every.single.day. I’m going to get used to it and then I’m going to love the heck out of my entire self. I believe that I will get there. And you guys are going to hold me accountable to it and I hope some of you will do it with me. 

So here is today. Just me. A super professional bathroom mirror selfie with the toilet and our bath towels in the background. Belly button nose and bloated-too-many-goodies “abs” and all. And I’m going to start loving myself a little more…RIGHT.NOW. Get ready for the outside to change as well as I work through fitness programs and get myself back on track with my strength goals too. 

Wanna jump on the train? Love ourselves more. Teach our children to love themselves. It isn’t about how much we weigh. It is about how we FEEL in our skin.
Accountability group starts January 4th. Change your mind. Change your body. Love yourself.