A relaxing weekend can often mean a relaxed diet and lifestyle. We all need to let loose every once in a while, and taking a few days to simply have some fun and enjoy ourselves is certainly not a bad thing.
However a weekend of eating in excess and loosening dietary goals can result in some not-so-desirable effects. Feeling bloated, groggy, and unfocused are symptoms that can follow a few days of binge eating and drinking. A cleanse, and not even a necessarily rigid one, can help us get our wellness back on track.
Remember that cleanses of any kind are not miracle cures. They are meant to instill some mental discipline, to allow our bodies to recover using natural metabolic processes, and to gain some much needed nutrients.
An easy strategy to recover after a binge-- whether from alcohol, food, or both-- is to set a 5 day goal of clean eating.
Each day should begin with a tall glass of water. This serves to jumpstart our metabolism, to get hydrated before the day begins, and to simply refresh our groggy morning brains. Throughout the day, don’t be afraid to eat three meals but ensure that your meals are made up of whole ingredients. Fresh fruit, grains, and vegetables all make up a clean diet. If you’re particularly carnivorous, feel free to include dairy and meats but at small volumes. A cleanse should focus on particularly clean ingredients, and it's easier to find this quality in plant based foods.
Each meal can be supplemented with an organic cold-pressed juice. In the mornings, go for a refreshing bottle of Green Vitality. Packed with iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, E, and K, the leafy greens in the juice are fantastic for promoting energy. For lunch and dinner, reach for something more hearty like Carrot Kick. With yellow beets and carrots, this juice is low in calories but high in fiber and is helpful for digestion as you dive into meals later in the day. As a plus, beets also contain nitrates and pigments that may help lower blood pressure.
Drink loads of water following your first glass in the morning, but don’t worry about stuffing yourself with H2O. Simply drink when you feel any twinge of thirst-- the body usually knows if we need water and it would be wise to listen to it. Supplement light, clean meals with organic, cold-pressed juices. Don’t worry about being super strict with this post-binge cleanse, just keep it clean and the portions moderately small to give our bodies the time they need to begin running optimally again.