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What To Eat After a Weekend of Indulging

We have all been there; had one of those weekends that we wake up feeling guilty about on Monday morning. Whether you had a weekend trip away, a birthday or special occasion, or simply succumbed to your friend’s pleas to go out with them – Monday mornings aren’t always the fresh start to the week we had hoped for. Binge eating, drinking and no exercise can leave us feeling sluggish and guilty, so what are the best things to do?!

Firstly, let’s talk about the things you should not do:

Skip Meals
Whilst it may be tempting to go a day without eating because you feel like you compensated enough during the weekend, this is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Skipping meals is only going to throw your body further out of whack by potentially slowing down your metabolism and activating stress hormones. These processes could cause your body to store excess fat.

Go on a Juice Cleanse
These are marketed as a ‘quick fix’ that will cleanse and detox your body after a weekend full of bad eating. Whilst this may seem like a good idea and the answers to all your problems, one very important thing you need to remember is this: you cannot detox your body any more than it already does itself. What this means is that your liver already does a very good job of cleansing your body, and there is very little that you can do to aid this with external sources. Juices are great to add to your daily meals for an added nutrient boost, but remember to keep the ingredients nutritious. Think lots of leafy greens and veggies.

So now that you know what NOT to do, here are my top tips on what you should do after a big weekend of indulging:

In my opinion, the first thing you should do when you wake up is drink a large glass of water. You can add some fresh lemon into this to make it taste better and to help stimulate your digestion. After an indulging weekend, you should try to aim to drink plenty of water because eating excess salt and sugar over the course of the weekend may have left you a bit dehydrated. Have water with every meal and try to keep a water bottle with you, so that you can refill as soon as it becomes empty.

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