You came, you saw, you conquered the Thanksgiving table spread. Now it's back to reality. Here are 10 ways to detox after Turkey Day!
We're happily anticipating Thanksgiving and all the epicurean celebrations that come with it, but we also are being realistic about it — on Thanksgiving, most people are prone to eating too much or indulging more than they meant to. But the day after the big meal is a chance to start fresh, so read on for our tips on how to detox after your Thanksgiving feast.
- Yoga for digestion: You don't even have to wait for the next day to get a start on detoxing. Do these yoga poses for digestion after you wake up from your food coma or the next morning to keep everything running smoothly. Even better, go for a run the morning after Thanksgiving: cardio is a great way to detox.
- Start with a green juice: Many Thanksgiving feasts are full of fat, salt, or sugar, so resetting your taste buds is a good thing to do once Thanksgiving is over. Blend a batch of this detoxifying green juice to naturally flush toxins from your body while also training your taste buds from craving sugar and fat.
- Don't redo the feast: Thanksgiving day's decadent tablescape is Friday's overstuffed fridge. Just because you have a kitchen full of leftovers doesn't mean you should redo that heaping plate of food you made yesterday. Stick to small, reasonable meals instead, and go back to your normal healthy-eating schedule as much as possible (i.e., not going for your second piece of pie) to make detoxing a reality.
- Stock up on detox foods: Fridge space may be lacking, but make some room for foods like dark leafy greens, beets, and whole grains to help aid in detoxing. Get our list of 10 detoxing foods you should eat here.
- Eat soup: Don't relive that overly stuffed feeling from Thanksgiving. Keep yourself satiated without the bloat with a brothy low-sodium soup. This carrot detox soup recipe should be first on your list.
You may be surprised to learn that it's celebrity chef Guy Fieri who created this perfect bowl of soup fit for a delicious detox. This ginger-carrot soup is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese, which helps to aid in digestion. To top it all off, there's no cholesterol whatsoever in this tasty recipe! To up the detox power and offer a more robust flavor, I added an additional tablespoon of ginger to give the soup a brighter flavor. Ready to detox deliciously? Keep reading for the healthy and fresh soup recipe.
Keeping sodium levels in check will help keep the body healthy in the long haul, but even a minor slipup can have you feeling uncomfortable. If you're feeling bloated after a salty binge, each of these tips can have you feeling lighter.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Drinking water helps your body in so many ways, but it should be your new best friend after consuming too much salt. It may sound counterintuitive to drink a lot when feeling bloated, but it will help you feel better and move the salt out of your system sooner.
Load up on potassium: You can reach for supplements, but eating fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium lowers sodium levels naturally. Chow down on a banana, potatoes, or some leafy greens to load up on this electrolyte.
Keep reading for two more tips after you've eaten too much salt.
In the wake of Halloween and with the fast approach of feasting season, we are here to remind you that your diet is not doomed! The autumnal season is loaded with detox powerhouses; these pieces of produce will naturally help you get back on track. Nutrient-rich foods like ginger, kale, and beets not only have flat-tummy powers, but they also taste good. Eat these good-for-you salads, soups, and quick post-workout smoothies to move past those sugar lapses. Learn about our five favorite Fall detox foods to help you get cooking!
The leftover Halloween candy is calling your name, and your weekend is packed with dinners and drinks. Keep this list in mind for any morning-after detoxing requirements.
- Start your day with a cup of hot lemon water or green tea.
- Wake up your body with this detoxing yoga sequence full of twists and forward bends.
- Follow our meal plan for detoxifying recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meals are heavy on the whole grains and veggies!
- Bust out your juicer and make one of these detoxifying green juice and smoothie recipes.
- Make sure you fit in a heart-pumping workout today to reenergize your body and mind. Sweat out the bad with these quick Tabata interval workouts.
- Give your digestive system a cleansing boost with kale; here are three detoxing kale recipes to try.
The only real way to prevent a hangover is by watching your alcohol intake, but if you've already passed the point of no return then you'll need some sort of relief. Hangovers have been around since the invention of wine, so there are a lot of theories out there on how to rid yourself of one. If sleep isn't an option, try one of these aids to see what works best with your system. They work better than their myth-based counterparts and won't make you feel like hugging the toilet.
- Myth: painkillers. Taking painkillers either the night of drinking or the morning after can cause damage to your liver, among other serious health issues. Your body can only absorb approximately 1.5 ounces of hard liquor per hour (the equivalent to one beer or one glass of wine) and unless you stick to that drink-per-hour rate, you'll likely still have alcohol in your system upon waking up.
Fact: Alcohol depletes a number of vital minerals including potassium, vitamin B, and vitamin C. Try eating a banana, taking a B-complex vitamin, or drinking Emergen-C instead of taking pills like Tylenol or ibuprofen. If you really must take these, make sure you leave enough hours in between drinking and don't take them while experiencing abdominal pain or nausea, since they might irritate hangover symptoms further.
- Myth: hair of the dog. Although another drink the morning after a binge may seem like the road to recovery, it offers only temporary relief and prolongs the process.
Fact: Try water and electrolytes instead to fill your body with fluids that will balance out your system. Coconut water is a great source of rehydrating electrolytes and potassium, which can speed up relief. Pedialyte is also a great way to get electrolytes without the sugar found in sports drinks like Gatorade.
Good circulation can benefit your entire body. Not only does it boost mental processes like memory, but it can help your hearing, vision, and even improve your skin. Poor circulation is often considered a sign of high blood pressure, so it pays to pay attention to your blood flow.
One of the main contributors to poor blood circulation is lack of proper nutrition when the body isn't receiving enough natural minerals or vitamins in the bloodstream. Fresh foods like oranges, kale, carrots, and ginger all help with circulation by neutralizing vein damage, strengthening capillaries, and stimulating blood circulation. This green juice recipe includes all four super foods to aid in circulation, plus a few more to sweeten the deal.
From Jaime Young
Kale, Carrot, and Ginger Juice
1 Fuji apple, cored and sliced
1 lemon, peeled
1 orange, with peel
2 carrots, whole
6 kale leaves, rinsed
1 inch of ginger root
- Slice up the apple, orange, and lemon.
- Remove the peel from the lemon and add all of the ingredients to your electric juicer.
For less bite, remove the peel of the orange before adding it to your juicer.
Nutritional Source: Calorie Count
Make this juice recipe your new main squeeze for Fall. It contains this season's superstars: apples, celery, and of course, beets. This deep red juice will get you into the spirit for Halloween and keep you healthy for that cute new frock you're donning for All Hallows' Eve.
Learn how to make this beet juice recipe after the break!
Early Fall is a perfect time to give the body a clean slate, but detox mode isn't defined by a diet of lemons and maple syrup. Candice Kumai of Top Chef fame began developing this recipe on her search for a healthier version of fat-laden coleslaw. What Kumai ended up creating was a detox and diuretic salad that stands strong on its own. Apples at the peak of their season marry with the dynamic duo of red and Savoy cabbage, combining for a fiber-filled meal that aids in digestion. The addition of fennel seeds adds to the fiber factor, plus a kick of cayenne boosts your metabolism. Keep reading for this Fall detox salad recipe.