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!
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