As we get older, we find it more difficult to recover after a long weekend of staying out late, eating unhealthy and possibly, drinking too much. These unhealthy habits of binging on the weekend can be difficult to recover from and can impact the work week by causing stress, poor dietary habits, bloating and pain. Although the best option would be to say no to these greasy foods and sugary drinks… Sometimes we just really, really want some great comfort food or a fun night out in the town. This, of course, is a perfectly acceptable answer and luckily, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite tips to help you recover from a weekend of way too many unhealthy calories.
To start, why does eating so unhealthy make us feel sluggish and sick? Eating greasy and unhealthy foods can cause a lot of problems for a number of reasons. According to Time, the sheer volume of fats from greasy and fried foods puts a lot of pressure on our digestive system. From fat, carbs and protein, fat is the most slowly digested component. This leads to bloating, nausea and discomfort. Additionally, the Washington Post reported that one meal of junk food can spike blood sugar because of the refined carbohydrates and added sugars, which leads to a quick drop in blood sugar. This leaves us feeling tired, grumpy and even more hungry. We could go on and on with a number of reasons on how unhealthy eating and drinking can make us feel sick, but what we really want to know is how to recover from this.
Working out can be a great natural cleanse from a weekend of unhealthy habits. The Life Co says that increasing blood flow can promote better circulation pumping white blood cells through the body in turn helping organs cleanse themselves effectively. This exercise can be aerobics, three times a week for only 20 minutes. Exercising can also regulate digestion. Aerobics help food move along through the gastrointestinal tract by strengthening the abdomen muscles. Working out has a number of benefits outside of detoxing the body, it can lower your risk of disease, help control weight, improve mental health, and manage blood sugar.
Have you tried pHion’s Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet? This easy, pre-mixed formula detoxifies without the mess. It helps curb your appetite and reduce bloating, which is perfect after a sugar-filled weekend. The Master Cleanse has been around for years, and is a go-to cleanse program for thousands of people. It’s made-up of 3 simple ingredients – organic lemons, organic grade A maple syrup, and cayenne pepper that are added to purified water. It’s a quick and easy detox and cleanse program that resets your body.
Did you know that water is key to detoxing the body? Unfortunately and surprisingly, most individuals don’t drink enough water, which means they aren’t flushing out those unwanted toxins. According to Veg Kitchen, water carries nutrients to our cells, aids digestion, flushes out body waste and keeps the kidneys healthy.
Apple Cider Vinegar
According to My Fermented Foods, apple cider vinegar detox can flush out toxins in the system. This detox can help with digestion and is said to improve liver function by binding with toxins in the liver and even flushing them out. To try this method, put 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (organic, raw and unfiltered), 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a dash of cayenne pepper, and honey to taste in 12 oz of filtered water.
Eat Fiber-Rich Foods
The hardest part after binge eating a ton of fattening foods over the weekend, is afterwards, feeling satisfied with a healthy diet. To stay full and stop the unwanted snacking, make sure you are eating fiber-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and other plant-based proteins. These foods will help you fill up fast and stay full longer. The best part? These fiber-rich foods are full of antioxidants that help fight inflammation.
Have you tried any of these methods? Share with us how you recover after a long weekend out in the town. Looking for new ways to promote a healthier and happier you? Try pHion Balance’s products to see how we can help you meet your health goals.