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Claire Sanders

Posted on October 17 2017


So…your weekend or mid week treat got a little bit out of hand. Either you had too many drinks, or a meal out with friends, and it turned into days of bingeing, all combined with no exercise. It happens!
So, what are the best things you can do now to detox from your weekend and get you back into a healthy and productive routine ASAP?

Skip your morning coffee this week and start each day with hot water and fresh lemon
Focus on rehydrating your body by upping your water intake – aim to drink 2-4 litres each day. This will help with the detox
Ditch the salty foods and reach for foods such as cottage cheese and probiotic yoghurts. They promote good bacteria that’ll kickstart healthy digestion.
Revolve each meal around proteins (salmon, chicken, eggs), fibre and complex carbs (sweet potato, brown rice or quinoa) and cruciferous vegetables (brussel sprouts, broccoli, kale and cabbage)

Get back into your exercise routine as soon as possible (even if it’s the last thing you feel like!)
Include short, sharp and high intensity sessions each day. It’s the perfect way to sweat it out, pump up the endorphins and get you back into a healthy mindset!
Give your muscles some TLC with 10 minutes of gentle stretching each day. It’ll leave you feeling relaxed and more mobile
Take any opportunity to get outdoors. A walk in your lunch break will boost Vitamin D and help to increase energy levels and productivity at work.

One of the most important things for your body after a big weekend is sleep. Focus this week on restarting your circadian rhythm (your natural sleep cycle).
Get to bed before 10pm and try to wake at your normal time (no matter how you feel), to get your body back into normal routine
Create the perfect sleeping environment by making your bedroom dark and peaceful, with no distractions.

Let go of the guilt: focus on what you can do to make yourself feel positive in the present and leave any negative emotions behind.
Say 5 positive affirmations and write them down. Even though you may be feeling a little under the weather, what 5 things do you love about yourself?
Practice visualisation techniques for 5 minutes before getting out of bed. Visualise yourself breathing in healthy energy to detox your body and breathing out the toxins, lethargy or fatigue you may be feeling.

Avoid added stress on your body by being organised. Create a plan for your week and prioritise what needs to get done. Only plan to tick off the essentials – this week is about regrouping without getting overwhelmed!

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