Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor or Nutritionist. The information below is from articles and book I have read.
The holidays are coming to an end and we are left with overly full bellies. Most likely, you feel pretty tired of food and lethargic, also known as "Food coma". We want our routines and post holiday body back. Below are easy tips and tricks to help detox your body and get you back to feeling normal.
1. Drink water first thing in the morning. Our bodies are roughly 75% water. We NEED it. Our kidneys use water to rid certain waste products. If they do not get the adequate amount of water they need, our bodies cannot remove the waste it needs to.
2. Start every morning with a clean breakfast. There is nothing your body likes more, than getting the right nutrients after a long night of sleep. Starting the day off with a clean and healthy breakfast, sets you up for a better and more productive day. You will feel healthy and have more energy.
EXAMPLE: Oatmeal with fruit, is one of the best breakfasts of all time. There is a saying that Oatmeal is "King", meaning oatmeal is the best for breakfast. It helps lower blood sugar, provides fiber, contains needed vitamins and minerals, and has a good amount of protein and fat! (Personally, I cook my oats in almond milk or water, add honey for sweetener, then a little chocolate or vanilla protein powder, and a TBSP of Natural Peanut butter..... soo good!)
5. Avoid eating late at night. It seems that through the holidays, staying up late and eating is a must. That is fine for awhile, but that will come back to haunt you. It has been proven that eating late at night causes weight gain, higher glucose levels and higher insulin levels. Try to nip that fast.
6. Make sleep a priority. Studies have been done, proving that the lack of sleep goes along with weight gain. Poor sleep can also increase your appetite by messing with two hunger hormones, ghrelin and leptin.
Ghrelin is a hormone released in the stomach that tells our brains when we are hungry. Leptin is a hormone released by fat cells. It keeps hunger at bay and signals our brain when we are full. When we do not get the right amount of sleep, our bodies create more ghrelin and less leptin. This leave us hungry and our appetite increases.
Detoxing and getting your body back after the holidays will take patience and determination. You will crave sweets and all the goodies! Stick to these simple tips and you should be feeling good as new!
Brandi Z. Moody
I am Brandi Moody and welcome! I am so glad you are here. In this little space I will be sharing Bible studies, cleaning eating and my love for running.
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