Our Guide to a Post-Thanksgiving Day Detox

We all say that this year, we’ll be “good” and stick to one serving and small portion sizes on Thanksgiving, but let’s be honest: Meh. Thanksgiving only comes once a year and we’re going to enjoy it. But now that we’re back to our normal schedule, it’s time to get back on track. Here’s a helpful little guide for a post-Thanksgiving Day detox, courtesy of The Wellness Junkie.

Follow this advice to get back to your fit-feeling self in no time.

1. Hot Water with Lemon
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You should really be incorporating this de-bloating secret into your everyday routine. And if ever there was a time to start, starting a post-Thanksgiving Day detox would be ideal. The hot lemon water gets your digestive tract moving. After all that gunk you put in there the day prior, you’ll definitely need the helping hand. It’s also great to flush out toxins, strengthen the liver, and relieve heart burn.

2. Morning Workout
Get started on the right foot and get your workout on. Our recommendation would be to do an HIIT workout, followed by some body weight moves. The HIIT will get your heart rate up – meaning you will be incinerating calories, burning fat, and boosting your metabolism – while the strength training will add as a long-term metabolism booster, making sure you are scorching calories throughout the day.  Why the morning? This sets up your intention for the day. Believe us. If you keep putting it off till later on,  you might just find ways to weasel your way out of your workout. Give yourself no excuses. Wake up, lace up, and head off to the gym or even perform a simple tabata workout in your very own living room.

3. Don’t Skip Breakfast
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Definitely do not skip breakfast. Compensating for the day before never works. Unless you’re really not hungry after your workout, nixing this meal will only make you hungrier at lunch time and that much likelier to grab a big bowl of leftovers – something we want to prevent. Instead, opt for something delicious, nutritious, and satisfying. Great options include eggs and greens with a piece of fruit, oatmeal or yogurt and fruit, or a rich smoothie.

4. Stay Busy
Definitely do not skip breakfast. Compensating for the day before never works. Unless you’re really not hungry after your workout, nixing this meal will only make you hungrier at lunch time and that much likelier to grab a big bowl of leftovers – something we want to prevent. Instead, opt for something delicious, nutritious, and satisfying. Great options include eggs and greens with a piece of fruit, oatmeal or yogurt and fruit, or a rich smoothie.

5. Eat De-Bloating Foods Throughout the Day
Breakfast is not the only meal you should keep your eye on during your post-Thanksgiving Day detox. Make sure all your meals are well-balanced and include carbs, proteins, and fats. Take a look at this list of foods that help get and keep your tummy flat.

6. Stay Hydrated
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Now more than ever is when you should really keep an eye on how much water and fluids you are consuming. Aim for 2-3 liters to really flush out all the sodium, sugars, and toxins in your body. If you wake up feeling stiff and like a soccer ball has been lodged in your belly, it’s because of everything blocking up your system. This step is seriously required if you want to start feeling like yourself. Another great fuel tip is to drink green tea. Filled with antioxidants, having three cups a day is like a mini detox that doesn’t require something as drastic as a juice cleanse. Again, this really is a step you should be incorporating into every day and not just once a year.

7. Meditate
Ok, the nay-sayers may think this is an extreme, but it is Thanksgiving weekend after all, and meditation is all about giving thanks – to yourself and to the world. Meditation helps center your thoughts and helps in rebirth. By sending out good vibrations in the Universe, the time between now and Christmas will surely be a breeze and not a time filled with stress or guilt. Take a look at all the positive benefits of meditation here.

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