If you are anything like me, you probably indulged on some of your Thanksgiving favorites like pumpkin pie, pecan pie, ice cream, pumpkin roll, sugary cranberry sauce, and bread stuffing this past Thursday. Maybe you also drank a little too much. If you did, don’t feel bad. We all need to indulge occasionally. What better time than during holiday traditions?
Even though you shouldn’t feel guilty, you should probably do a little damage control to get your body back to where it was pre- carb, sugar, and alcohol binge. Here is what I recommend:
- Get back on track with your diet and workouts.
Sure, it was fine that you took a couple days off, but it is important to keep your end-goal in sight and get back on track.
- Try a fast.
Some people do a single day of water-only fasting, some people eat only a few eggs during the day for protein and just drink water for the rest of the day, some people only eat in an 8-hour window and fast for 16 hours, and some people fast intermittently. Give one a try!
- If you don’t want to do a full fast, eat only paleo foods for a few days.
Give your digestive system a rest from the carbs, sugar, and chemicals. Eat a lot of vegetables and protein. Avoid grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods.
- Sip some bone broth.
Again, this is to give your digestive system a rest. Besides, bone broth is full of good stuff that we don’t always get in our diets. Try this recipe from Nom Nom Paleo. Maybe try a bone broth fast. (Eat nothing except bone broth for 24-36 hours.)
Side note: This is very easy after Thanksgiving. My family takes the turkey carcasses, puts them in a big pot with onions, celery, and carrots, then boils the pot for the entire day.
Maybe this is just a jedi mind trick, but there is something about a good workout that gets me feeling better and gets me back on track. All kidding aside, it helps you eliminate stress and work off some of the fat that you accumulated from that big Thanksgiving meal.
What is your favorite damage control plan? What do you do after you take a few days off? Let me know in the comments!