It’s the morning after¬†Superbowl¬†Sunday. ¬†Or your birthday. ¬†Or just a day after you’ve treated yourself. ¬†If you’re like me and eat healthy most of the time, eating pizza and chocolate cake can have and unfortunate physical and emotional aftermath.
It’s unrealistic to be perfect all the time. ¬†In fact, treating yourself can actually be a “healthy” part of your eating lifestyle. ¬†I eat healthy on average 90% of the time, so I don’t feel guilty about the few times per week that I treat myself. ¬†But what happens after I indulge? ¬†Here are some tips and tricks that create a healthy relationship with recreational eating – both physically and emotionally.
1. ¬†Give yourself a break
So you ate some nachos and wings last night. ¬†It’s not a big deal, it doesn’t happen everyday. ¬†Even if your treats were unplanned, don’t beat yourself up – it’s unproductive to stress about something in the past that you can’t change. ¬†Use it as inspiration to get back on the wagon. ¬†Go back to eating clean whole real foods the next day. ¬†The body will forgive and bounce back.
2. ¬†Green juice
Juicing is a great way to quickly absorb the fabulous plant nutrients in fruits and veggies while giving your digestive system a break. ¬†After a “treat” meal, I have a green juice for my next meal. ¬†I don’t dig juice cleanses for extended periods of time but they are perfect to give you an intense dose of nutrients and energize¬†your body after some fun eating.
3. ¬†Filtered water with fresh lemon juice
It flushes your system and reduces inflammation. ¬†Enough said.
Get moving! Go spin, kickbox, hike, jog, powerwalk, or do whatever it is that gets your blood flowing. ¬†Exercise->endorphins-> better mood. ¬†And the calories burned? ¬†Just a bonus.