You made it past the holidays only to feel everything but the upside of joy. That sluggish, bloated feeling has been dubbed “The Holiday Hangover” – and is a likely result of too many sweets, alcohol, and an excessive of other holiday indulgences.
Our team ofexpert, Registered Nutritionist, Jeannie Gorman offers some tips for getting back on track and into your best-self groove:
- Water. All of your organs need water to function properly. If you’re dehydrated, your body won’t run well which can lead to added stress and a host of health issues.
- Fresh and Organic Fruits & Veggies. Antioxidants, micronutrients, and fiber are key for flushing out free radicals and fueling your body to perform at it’s best. While we recommend organic options first, we love the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fiftenn list at www.ewg.org for listings of produce you should always buy organic and those that you can opt to buy conventional.
- Non-Gluten containing carbs. You’ll want to continue to focus on keeping inflammation down, which can be triggered by gluten. If you are trying to lower your carb and gluten consumption, there are several non-gluten options like quinoa, buckwheat, millet, and brown rice as options for breakfast and as side dishes.
- Organic Grass-fed/Pasture-Raised Proteins. After a holiday binge, your system will be working on repairing itself. The proper combination of protein, healthy fats, and carbs can help your body during the repair process while also keeping your blood sugar and energy balanced while reducing cravings.
- Avoid some of the culprits! Stay clear of fried foods, excessive gluten, and too much sugar. And don’t skip meals: while it may seem like a shortcut, skipping meals is dangerous for your metabolism and leads to increased hunger.
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