That feeling you get when you wind down or wake up from a weekend of indulging more than normal, where you need an extra day to just reboot before getting back into your normal routine. You know what I am talking about, feeling like you gained 20 pounds, your face is puffy, your stomach feels like it could burst, and you look and feel tired. Yeah, we have all ‘been there, done that’–and I am sure this weekend may just end up like what I just listed above.
But guess what? No one is perfect. Not even nutritionists and the healthiest person on the planet (and even then that can be open to discussion). Sure they may not be doing shots and eating whole pizzas but they do bend the rules from time to time too!
Sporteluxe chatted with three celebrity nutritionists to see how they get the ball rolling again after a weekend of indulging or a holiday weekend with nonstop indulging.
First things first, there’s no guilt. If I overindulged over the weekend it means I probably enjoyed everything I ate thoroughly. Quite simply, going overboard now and then is not the end of the world. That said, it always feels good to get back on track after a decadent weekend. During those times I’ll cut out all added sugar and grains, and focus on hydration and natural probiotic sources like coconut kefir and raw sauerkraut.
Water: Since fluids help expel waste from the body, staying hydrated is key for de-bloating. I recommend pounding 2 to 3 liters a day.
Probiotics: Integrating natural probiotic sources into the diet, like coconut kefir and raw sauerkraut helps keeps things moving 😉 —Shira Lenchewski
The first thing I do after an unhealthy weekend is forgive myself. Perfect eating doesn’t exist. My goal is to always eat with balance—so 80-90% of the time that means eating well, the other 10% is for mindful indulgence, with friends and family on the weekends—life is meant to be enjoyed! I think this actually keeps me balanced and motivates me to stay on track throughout the week.
If I do overindulge, I go straight for filtered water with fresh lemon juice (2-3L throughout the day) and a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar. I also like to do a yoga class first thing—it’s amazing for detoxification and so helpful in reconnecting with your body, giving it the extra TLC it may need after an unhealthy weekend. During the day, I’ll make a commitment to up my greens intake—having a low-sugar green juice and incorporating greens and brassica vegetables at every meal is incredible for liver detoxifying.
Finally, a morning swim in Bondi is the perfect way to clear the mind and refresh the senses! I always recommend my clients try the JSHealth 3-day Cleanse if they need a real detox—the results can be amazing! —Jessica Sepel
For me, Mondays (because they’re already hard enough) need to be about lightness and ease. I try to have any Monday food prep done on a Sunday night: my green smoothie with a digestion boost of aloe, cinnamon, and ginger; my hot dandelion green tea for a detoxifying pick-me-up; my probiotic laid out with a tall glass of water waiting beside it. Little things to get the body moving internally.
Having all of these items ready to go (not to mention any other lunch or dinner preps) helps me flush out the weekend, enter the week with a clearer body and mind and set me up to make feel-good, healthy choices throughout the rest of the day and week. — Kara Griffin