Holiday Hangover Cure. Detox your Body, Renew Your Energy, and Be Merry!

579742_10101735117093263_1032103710_nWe’ve all been there. You went to a holiday party last night, had a few too many cocktails, and woke up this morning without any energy and feeling completely dysfunctional. Your head hurts, your digestion is off, and you feel drained from a late night out. You need a remedy ASAP. How can you cure that holiday hang over and return to your normal energetic self?

If you are feeling not-too-proud about splurging on holiday treats and endless merry drinks, here’s my TEN TIPS on what I typically do to detox my body (and mind) from overindulgence.

Caroline’s Holiday Hangover Cure. Detox Your Body, Renew Your Energy, and Be Merry! 

1. Dont 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 or weight fluctuations. Instead, get right back on track and do the next best thing. Continue eating your healthy meals balanced in lean protein, complex carbohydrates and unsaturated fats. No yo-yoing!

2. Don’t guilt trip! Don’t overanalyze what you ate in the past or beat yourself up for it. Everything that has happened has happened. Let go, move forward, and do the next best thing. Wallowing in guilt does nothing positive for you. 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. I always bring a water bottle everywhere I go and ensure I’m staying hydrated and to 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 you properly digest,  help restore body balance.

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4. Workout. 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 bloat, 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. This 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! Hangover 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. Hide the extra candy, treats, and leftovers! Its a good idea to keep the post holiday treats out of sight and out of reach. This will help you manage temptation and avoid eating holiday treats at every meal. Note: I didn’t say throw it away. You can always use it for baking or the occasional treat. Sugar in general is very toxic to your body.

8. If you feel extra heavy from your holiday intake, limit your carbohydrates in some of your meals today. Note: do not cut your calories, just get your calories more from lean protein or unsaturated fats (for me I eat a lot of nuts).

9. Make a plan to not over-indulge for the next few days. You want to balance out your ‘cheat meals’ of overeating 1-2 times a week (that’s my normal). So if you splurge on  Friday, be more aware to not over-indulge over the weekend.

10. Remember ‘Thoughts Become Things’. Don’t tell yourself you’re fat, lazy or weak-minded. Don’t define yourself based on what you eat or how much weigh. Affirm positive words and follow through with positive actions. Keep your thoughts positive, supportive, and constructive. Powerful, purposeful thinking will help you move forward!

Whats one way you help your body feel better from the holiday season of parites, traveling, and merry making? Here are some other helpful holiday posts to check out:

Seasonal Stress Reduction:

Cooking Light and Eating Right:

Feel Good Fitness:

Inspiration/Motivation

Wishing you a happy holiday – Merry EVERYTHING everybody!

Caroline

 

One Reply to “Holiday Hangover Cure. Detox your Body, Renew Your Energy, and Be Merry!”

  1. Hi Caroline,

    I recently decided to take action and do something about my weak hips so I have been enjoying your “jane fonda inspired hip exercises” and “hip strengthening exercises using a resistance band” videos on youtube.

    I have a long way to go but it’s much more fun having your help. Happy holidays. Miss your spin classes and amazing energy.

    Thanks again.

    Aoife in Boston

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