You’ve done well all year eating healthy and organic meals. And then Thanksgiving dinner happened.
Your family and friends came together to celebrate and have a good time over brown sugar-coated sweet potatoes, fried turkey, and pumpkin pie loaded with whipped cream.
After all of that, you need a post-Thanksgiving detox.
There’s nothing wrong with indulging in your favorite foods this season. But when you’ve put in the work of ridding your body of unhealthy toxins all year, it’s important to get yourself back on track with a detox.
Keep reading to discover why I recommend taking part in a post-Thanksgiving detox.
Why Do I Need to Detox?
Toxins enter our bodies through the air we breathe and the food we eat. Unfortunately these toxins can affect both the structure and function of cells.
Without a proper detox, toxins can cause any of the following health problems:
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune disorders
- Premature aging
- Digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, or bloating
- Skin conditions
- Aches and pains
- Food allergies or intolerances
One Thanksgiving meal isn’t enough to cause those health issues alone, so don’t worry. But when you’re used to eating clean and healthy meals, one big turkey dinner can really throw you off, make you bloated, cause you unusual fatigue, and make you nauseous.
Nothing a detox plan can’t fix.
How to Do a One-Day Post-Thanksgiving Detox
Morning after Thanksgiving
#1 Start your day off by drinking some hot water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Aside from giving the body a boost of vitamin C, hot water with lemon also helps to stimulate the digestive tract. Be sure to continue to drink water all throughout the day—hydration is key.
#2 Breakfast: Start your morning by eating a meal that will keep you feeling satisfied without weighing you down. A banana, piece of toast with peanut butter, or fruit smoothie are all great options.
#3 Midmorning coffee break: It’s encouraged to give up caffeine during a detox, but sometimes it’s not always feasible. Instead of ordering a cup of coffee, opt for green tea. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and has also been shown to boost metabolism. If you’re feeling as if you need a little snack before lunch, grab a fiber-rich apple, or probiotic-filled Greek yogurt.
#5 Snack time: If you feel as if you need something to hold you over until dinner, there’s nothing quite like a green juice.
You can purchase green juice at your grocery store or visit a juice store, like Jamba juice, to get it freshly pressed.
#6 Dinner: Choose a healthy dinner full of lean protein and fresh veggies. Fish is a great protein option and is also packed with omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for the body.
Tip: Grilled vegetables are always a delicious choice. Check out my favorite vegetable recipes.
Detox Guideline Source: http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/your-essential-plan-daylong-detox
Thanksgiving is only the beginning of the holiday-eating season.