This time of the year tends to be filled with delicious food – filling dinners and delicious desserts! Which means, if you are anything like me, you find yourself going back for seconds. Or even thirds. Overindulging during the holidays is to be expected but a detox can help.
While you cannot necessarily undo the “damage” that has been done by eating copious amount of not-so-healthy food, you can help counter the effects it may have with this detox plan.
1. Eat Smaller Portions
First things first, do not try to balance out overeating with not eating. Skipping meals is unhealthy and can slow down your metabolism. Instead, eat slightly smaller portions. Get your body used to smaller portions in preparation for the new year and slowly reduce the calorie intake to a healthy amount!
2. Drink green tea in the morning
After waking up the next morning, brew your favorite green tea. Studies show that green tea boosts your metabolism and increases fat burning. Add a slice or two of lemon and you will feel energized through the day. (Not to mention, water helps flush out your system!)
3. Eat greek yogurt for breakfast
For breakfast, have some plain Greek yogurt topped with blueberries. Eating breakfast first thing in the morning will jump start your metabolism. Greek yogurt is loaded with iodine which aids in thyroid function, protein for immune building, and probiotics that help keep your intestines healthy. Topping your yogurt with antioxidant-rich blueberries will help lower the cholesterol in your blood.
4. Undo the drinks with a banana
If you had a few too many drinks, eat a banana. These low-calorie and potassium-packed fruit helps get rid of bloating and moderates blood sugar levels. Fruit that are rich in fiber have been linked to aiding in weight loss!
5. Choose leafy greens for dinner
For lunch or dinner, try a salad full of healthy, dark, leafy greens (think arugula, romaine, and spinach) with shredded carrots, sliced avocados, and chopped tomatoes. Toss in a mouth-watering bunch of beans (black, kidney, or white) for protein. Top it all with a vinaigrette made with olive oil.
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