‘Tis the season for hedonistic over-indulgence! As the winter holiday draws nearer, social calendars are inevitably filled with brunches, cocktail parties, and dinners with family and friends. From light fasting to liquid lunches and healthy snacks, the following tips are sure to keep you fresh as December fades into January.
Beat Your Holiday Hangover
1. Try a morning fast. It doesn’t matter if you’re recovering from one too many plates or cocktails—a brief morning fast can be just the thing to get you back on your feet, quickly. If you’re strength training, an amino acid supplement may help to prevent catabolism from robbing your muscles of glycogen and mass.
2. Drink some tea. There’s a growing movement among Americans to embrace tea over coffee, and it’s easy to see why. Tea has a nutritional profile that surpasses that of coffee, combining subtle a subtle level of caffeine with powerful antioxidants to promote longevity and feelings of wellness. English Breakfast, White Tea, and Green Tea are among the most popular and widely available. If you want to try something different, go for Genmaicha (helps with digestion), Oolong (known to promote weight loss), or Rooibus (a South African plant rich in antioxidants and Earthy flavor).
3. Enjoy some easy exercise. This might be easy or exceedingly difficult, depending on the type of night you’ve had. In any event, try to elevate your heart rate by doing light exercises in the morning. A quick walk, gentle yoga flow, or brief meditation are just 3 examples of easy exercises known to improve blood flow, aid digestion, and energize the mind.
4. Have a smoothie lunch. Of course, it’s possible that solid food will not be appealing by lunchtime. If that’s the case, try one of the following Videomeals™ smoothie recipes for light and delicious midday meal:
5. Prep a midday snack. By 3pm, it’s time to start reintroducing solid foods. Start with a light snack consisting of fibrous vegetables or fruit. Your body will enjoy 3 key benefits: Vitamins, minerals, and water.
6. Cook a light dinner. As the day draws to an end, you may feel your appetite returning with a vengeance, especially if you are not used to fasting in the morning. Having just enjoyed a party or formal dinner the night before, you may also be tempted to over-indulge in starch-and-sugar-riddled leftovers. Resist the urge for sugar relapse. Instead, try one of these low-calorie Videomeals™ recipes:
7. Remember to stay hydrated. It’s almost cliché to end a health article with this advice. Nevertheless, staying hydrated is one of easiest ways to significantly improve overall health and mood. To make this goal quantifiable, try to drink at least 8 ounces of water every 60 to 90 minutes. A steady stream of purified water will not only hydrate you, but will also aid digestion.
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