So you’ve just finished a day of overindulgence, you’ve tucked into that cheat meal, you’ve enjoyed a night on the tiles. And now the “guilt” sets in. Sound familiar? Well let me tell you this is something I am STILL trying to overcome. I love eating clean, healthy foods. I love feeling good inside and out and I love working hard in the gym and the results I see. So why then when I do decide to have a cheat meal (I usually have 1-2 per week) do I have to fight to banish that guilty feeling almost immediately after? It’s ridiculous and something I am working hard to change. But it’s not just guilt that gets me after an over indulgence, it’s also the sluggish, tired and sickly feeling I get. I am not overly tolerant of sugar and my body does not react well to it. And seen as MOST of my cheat meals involve sugar in some shape or form – I’ve had to come up with a way of helping my sugar hangover! Here are my top tips.
1: FORGIVE YOURSELF
If you’ve worked hard all week. Hit the gym and ate healthily, then you deserve your treat/cheat. REMEMBER though that cheats or treats are to be had in moderation. There is no point being good Monday to Friday lunchtime and then going off the rails till Sunday evening. Think about it. That would mean you are only “on point” like 60-65% of the time. Thats just not enough. Allow your cheat MEAL. Enjoy it. Forgive yourself and move on.
2: DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Flush out the sugar, the salts and the additives drinking plenty of water and allowing the body to recuperate. Adding lemons and limes will also help to restore the body’s alkalinity.
3: EAT FOODS EASY TO DIGEST
Fruits, vegetables and herbal teas are all your best friends after a day of over indulgence. Remember the day after is the day you are more likely to crave more “bad” foods but if you stick to your guns and fill up on nutritionally rich foods, you’ll be right as rain in no time.
4: DO NOT SKIP MEALS OR STARVE YOURSELF
Going hungry is literally the worst thing you could do after overindulging. You are only messing around with blood sugar levels and more likely to overeat at your next meal. Eat little and often and allow yourself return to your usual routine.
5: GET ACTIVE
It may be the LAST thing you want to do but it will help you to no end. Not only will burning a few calories but it will also totally clear your mind. Hit the gym, go for a long walk or engage in a weekend activity.
I really hope these tips help. Remember we ALL over indulge. We can’t be on point 100% of the time. Life is for living AND enjoying and that’s exactly what we all should do. Find a balance, find what’s right for you and remember it’s everything in moderation – including moderation itself.