We all have a meal or two where we KNOW we shouldn’t have eaten that. I don’t want to hand you a bunch of excuses, but everyone finds themselves eating out at a restaurant with a sub-optimal menu, at a friend’s or family’s house for a meal and you can’t be rude or there was just nothing else to eat because you haven’t gone grocery shopping. You may have even decided, intentionally, on a “cheat day” — and now realize you need to make up for it, stat!
So what do you do now? Besides feeling bad, there are 5 steps you can take to feel better and make the most of your next meal.
1. Drink a lot of water.
Lots of it. Pure water. Help your body detoxify and eliminate.
2. Take a break.
Skip a meal and give your digestive system a break. It just got overworked and is angry. It’s OK to be hungry for 3-4 hours while you prepare for your next healthy meal.
3. Take a probiotic.
Probiotics support a healthy gut and can balance out the good gut bacteria with the bad. Bad gut bacteria LOVE sugar which was most likely in your binge meal, so make sure you give your gut a powerhouse of good bacteria through a probiotic.
Exercise aids in digestion. It also helps detoxify through sweating. So hop on the treadmill or find a class to sweat that gross meal out!
5. Eat fiber rich food.
Make you next meal a great one. Focus on fiber rich foods like veggies, greens and beans. Throw in some nuts. You aren’t trying to reduce calories, but instead supporting your body with antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber. Move that bad “food” along and out and replace it with the good stuff.
When do you find yourself saying “I can’t believe I ate that”? Tell me in the comments below. And if you like what I’m saying, please share this with friends who may be able to benefit following a crazy weekend or just a crazy meal. Want to learn more about healthy eating, your body, or detox? Check out the other posts or click here for more info on how we can work together.