So you overdid it – you ate more than you intended and indulged in a treat… or two… that didn’t agree with your body. Whether you feel like it was worth it or not, who wouldn’t want to get back on track with full energy and optimal digestion after the party?
You might be surprised to find that the old saying, “I’ve been good, I deserve this “doesn’t always work. In reality the cleaner we eat the more we might feel the consequences of even a slight dietary deviation. To put it simply, with heath comes greater sensitivity to what’s unhealthy.
I’ve experienced this phenomenon myself and I’ve seen it time in again within the RESTART® program I teach. It’s the basis for the RESTART® major rule; “Whatever I eat, I choose it consciously, I enjoy it thoroughly, and then I let it go.”
That being said, here are some tips to help speed up the recovery process and get you back into the holiday spirit.
“To put it simply, with health comes greater sensitivity to what’s unhealthy”
Try a morning fast: Conventional “wisdom” says carbs and fats at 2AM are the way to go after a holiday binge but sometimes your body says different. Giving your body a break until mid-morning or early afternoon allows your digestive track the time it needs to recover from the day before.
Drink some tea: Fast from food but make sure you are hydrating. Green tea, dandelion, ginger, peppermint, chamomile, and rooibos are all good digestive track healers that can cleanse the liver, reduce inflammation, and settle your stomach. Another conventional myth is drinking tons of water. If you drink too much liquid you dilute your gastric juices which are trying to do their job. This leads me to number three.
Avoid antacids and acid reducing medication: Your gastric juices are there to digest your food. When food sits inside our digestive track it causes a host of other problems including dysbiosis-or unbalanced gut bacteria, bloating and acid-reflux. Remember proteins go rancid, fats putrefy, and carbohydrates ferment if they sit around too long.
Move, but don’t push it: Research shows that low-level moving like walking helps with gastric emptying. Better yet try yoga. Yoga enhances balance and flexibility helping you relax and let go of holiday stresses. And don’t underestimate the power of fresh air and sun, both of these can make you feel like a new person.
Go to bed early: You might have been lying on the couch all day but certain body processes have been working on overdrive to get you back into balance. Give into your body’s demands and go to sleep. Tomorrow is another day to make healthier choices.
So remember, be good to yourself. Life happens and sometimes we overindulge. Feeling guilty only sets you up for more guilt-induced overindulgence. There is something to be learned from every choice we make. Hopefully your indulgence was a good one or at least one that didn’t cause a major autoimmune flair that took you out of all the holiday celebrations. If not, then you simply know what to avoid in the future. No judgment needed.