How to Detox after the Holidays

I hope your holiday season was filled with friends, family, and fun. And, not simply filled with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, rolls, cookies, and pie. Ugh. Just thinking about it makes me feel stuffed!
I'm here to tell you that it's ok if you ate a bit too much on a few holiDAYS. But, if you turned those few holiDAYS into a few holiMONTHS, well then that's not so good.
If you want to get your eating back in control after a food-filled feast, I've got some detox tips for you.
  • Break the fast. Skipping breakfast sounds like a good idea when you've overeaten the night before...but let's face it, does that work? In many cases, skipping breakfast only sets you up to continue a pattern of eating well into the evening. And, eating late into the evening is associated with more weight gain. Find out what time to stop eating HERE. Plus, breaking the night fast with breakfast helps to increase your metabolism and gives you the energy to be more active today! 
  • Power Up. Too many carbs (such as breads, pasta, sweets) during the day can cause a roller coaster reaction with your blood sugar - first it goes high, then it drops too low - dropping your energy along with it. So add protein to your breakfast and lunch with choices like soy protein, nuts, lean meats and cheese, eggs, and nonfat yogurt and milk. 
  • Detox with Mother Nature's help. Don't waste your money on special detox diets. Just up your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains help to fill you up - and keep you regular. Reach for 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, plus 3 servings of whole grains. Try a breakfast of oatmeal, non-fat milk, nuts - and a fresh orange. Enjoy a large salad for lunch (add grilled chicken, salmon, or another source of protein). Then, snack on fresh fruit between meals.
  • What's in your mouth? If you find yourself tempted to keep eating past that comfortable feeling, pop some gum in your mouth. It may also help if you brush your teeth or sip on a cup of tea. You can use any of these as a signal to STOP eating.  
  • Make it easy for you. It's hard to resist temptation when food is everywhere! Now's the time to empty your cupboards from anything that's tempting. That food gift basket? Give it to the homeless. That half a pie? If you've already had plenty yet it's still "calling your name", trash it! And, if the break room at work is full of food...well, take a walk outside instead. "Out of sight, out of mind" really works. 
  • "Waste" it or "Waist" it. Stop worrying about those starving kids in China or Africa or wherever Mom said they were! Overeating isn't going to help them! And, stop worrying about "wasting" food...if you eat it, it goes to your "waist." That extra food really does look better in the trash can than on your waist, doesn't it?
  • Improve your mood - and your willpower. The holidays are supposed to be happy, but oftentimes it stirs up negative emotions instead. Exercise (even walking) has been shown to help people feel better. And, it's also a good way to make you feel strong - in body - even with temptations all around.

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