Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Post Super Bowl Detox

This weekend was really fun with the Super Bowl and my birthday but all of the unhealthy food and beer is definitely making me feel tired and bloated. It's easy to splurge in social situations but you pay for it later. Too much unhealthy food can stress out your body and even cause your skin to break out. There's a few things you can do this week (and after parties in general) to help you get back on your feet:

1. Drink Lemon Water. The vitamin C and antioxidants in lemons can help flush your system of toxins and improve your immune system. Water will obviously help rehydrate your body. Just cut a lemon into four pieces and squeeze one or two quarters into a glass of filtered water. Drink first thing in the morning and do not add sugar. Drinking lemon water is good for you at anytime so make it a daily habit!

2. Eat Fiber. Foods rich in dietary fiber naturally help cleanse your digestive tract. Eat foods such as whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa), fruits (bananas, apples, blueberries, grapes), and vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots). Adding fresh blueberries to your breakfast is delicious. Broccoli will mitigate the effects of excess estrogen produced from processed foods. (Excess estrogen promotes belly fat.) Be sure to steam broccoli to a light green color before eating to maximize nutrient absorption.

3. Exercise! Moving your muscles will burn calories and fat and sweating will get rid of toxins. Try a workout alternating in high intensity and moderate intensty work, like today's Crossfit workout. This workout includes 5 rounds for time of 21 dead lifts and 400 m run. Alternating strength training and running makes for a great workout!

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