You had the best intentions when you went to your Christmas brunch with your besties. But sometimes, a delicious spread can get the best of even the most stringent eaters (hello vegan, gluten-free brownies!)
For those times when the call of the bottomless mimosas or pecan pies was too strong, we’ve got you covered.
This is especially great when you’ve buried yourself deep in the dessert pile (or the bottles of prosecco). Opting for pure H20 is helpful to start flushing out all the toxins that are in your body.
While this isn’t a fix for the number of calories you’ve taken in, it will help curb the food-induced coma, or the potential side effects of the added glass of mulled wine, tomorrow.
Pro tip: even though you feel like you can’t take in any more, keep taking small sips! Your energy levels, belly, and head will thank you.
We all know the importance of taking probiotics to assist with digestion on a regular basis – plain yogurts and kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi are all perfect additions to your dish!
But if you don’t have access and it’s already way too late, take an extra probiotic supplement, or keep a higher dose on hand! Pop one or two prior to bed to help speed up the digestion process, and your regular dose in the morning.
3. Ginger or mint tea.
Both ginger and mint are perfect to help settle an upset tummy and speed up digestion.
If you can’t get your hand on tea, gum or ginger chews can also be your best companion. Even popping a ginger chew or a piece of peppermint gum can keep you from grabbing that extra gingerbread cookie!
4. Take a walk.
When you’ve loaded up on starchy and carb-loaded foods at your holiday dinner (stuffing, roast potatoes – even sweet potatoes, pies, and cookies), it’s probably more tempting to curl up on the couch.
But carbs are the perfect energy to exert during exercise! Now, don’t go hit the heavy weights, or start doing sprint drills. Going for a 15- or 30-minute walk will help burn energy and leave you a little less “stuffed”. Gather the gang go check out your neighbourhood Christmas lights!
5. Get your Nama-sleigh on.
No, you're not allowed to head straight into Savasana for the rest of your day.
If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you know there are a few poses that can help make things move along. Try a few spinal twists, wind relieving pose, or happy baby. These all give your intestines a gentle massage.
If you still feel like these might be a bit too much pressure on your extra-full belly, test out a few basic poses to get moving.
6. Plan for tomorrow.
Reset your system. Think: a lot of fibrous veggies like leafy greens, legumes, whole grains, and fruits with the skins on.
Go for a fibre- and antioxidant-rich smoothie, including ingredients like spinach or kale, berries, nut butters, oats, chia or flax seeds, and hemp hearts.
7. Hit the gym.
Like we metioned before, don't head to the gym right after you leave your work lunch. You'll be doing us a favour, too (hint: cleaning up your "leftovers" isn't as delicious as it sounds!).
While you plan your meals for tomorrow, carve out a time to head to the gym. It will help to keep anything in your system still moving, and put you back on track!