I LOVE food. Especially holiday food. I scour Pinterest for recipe ideas and go through my cookbooks each year in order to make something divine. I strive to have my taste buds say, “Oh, man. This is sooooooo good.”
During the holidays, I put on my cute Anthropologie apron, light a cinnamon-type spice candle, and listen to my This Warm December cd with Jack Johnson and G Love. AND cook in my kitchen; mixing and matching ingredients to nourish my family.
Even though I’ll make healthier versions of stuffing and mashed potatoes and tweak the apple crisp with almond meal instead of white flour, I still dig into the Kettle chips with sea salt (my Kate says they are healthier!), have a glass of wine and get seconds for dessert.
I know that it’s okay. Really, it’s all good.
I’ll get back to eating and living clean the next day. If I stop myself from having foods I enjoy, I’ll either go crazy overboard OR I’ll feel so guilty, I won’t really enjoy myself. The pattern happened year after year throughout my life until I learned how to listen to my body and navigate the 80/20 guideline.
(Disclaimer: Learning to pay attention to my body took time, a lot of time, and I’m still working on it, but it’s definitely doable. I will never go back to punishing myself with food. Ever.).
The 80/20 guideline for the Clean Life:
You strive to eat anti-inflammatory whole foods (a lot of plants and greens, gluten-free real food, and organic produce), you use natural ingredients when cooking, and you are eco-conscious.
80% of the time you eat clean and healthy, move your body, practice gratitude; you do what makes you feel amazing.
The other 20%, you drink wine with your girlfriends, eat pizza at the birthday party, skip a workout…all without guilt. You listen to your body and really tap into the body, mind, and spirit connection.
I know you. I know you very well. I know you make amazing choices. I also know that you like to have a plan, some sort of steps to take for “the day after.” I’m the same way…winging it only frustrates me and then I give up.
So I made you a handy 24 Hour Recovery Kit to use after a holiday party or anytime you feel a bit “yuk.”
I included a special tea to drink as well as a few clean recipes to flush the toxins; all my go-to remedies for bouncing back quickly.
Here’s the 24 Hour Recovery Kit (you can do for one, two, even three days after “a little too much fun”):
- Alleviate water retention and bloating
- Boost metabolism
- Detoxify the liver (fatty toxins)
- Balance out blood sugar levels (so you don’t crave the carby foods and keep the “yuk” going)
Stick to this plan for 24 hours either before a party OR in between days of celebrating during the holidays.
*Low glycemic and serves 1.
*Take a probiotic and a omega 3 supplement to support the liver and digestive system.
Drink A LOT of water! Try this special flush drink IMMEDIATELY upon waking:
Water (2 cups)
Cucumber (use slices)
Lemon (1/2 lemon)
Ginger (1/4 inch fresh root)
Drink 5-6 cups a day.
Breakfast: Power Boost Cereal
Mix ingredients in a bowl:
½ cup cooked quinoa (make sure to cook quinoa according to package directions ahead of time)
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 ounce of sliced almonds
1 Tbsp. of flaxseed
1 cup coconut milk
Snack (see options)
Lunch: Cleansing Salad
In a large bowl, combine ingredients. Toss and serve.
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
1 medium beet, peeled and julienned (or chopped)
¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves
1 cup spinach leaves
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Snack (see options)
Dinner: Lentil Deluxe Salad
Bring ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat and then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve.
½ cup red lentils
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
¼ tsp. turmeric
1 cup vegetable broth
Drink 1-2 hours before bed:
Straight Up Bliss Tea
6-inch piece of fresh ginger
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
spoonful of raw honey (optional)
squeeze of lemon
- Peel ginger and slice thinly on the diagonal. Use the side of the knife to smash the ginger (exposing more surface area).
- Add ginger slices to a saucepan with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, turmeric, and cayenne. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Strain into a mug.
- Stir in a spoonful of honey and squeeze of lemon.
*Snack Ideas: carrots sticks with hummus, apple with nut butter (no peanut butter as it is acidic and can cause digestive issues), or a green juice or smoothie.
Try Lean Green Juice:
Juice these ingredients: 2 celery stalks, 1 cucumber, 1 bunch kale leaves, 1 apple, 1/2 lime, 1/4 inch fresh ginger root.
Download your handy plan here >>>>
Stick to this plan “the day after” and you’ll be on your way to feeling back to your healthy self.
I would love to hear from you so in the comments below, tell me one thing you make sure you do to bounce back after a holiday party. Tricks and remedies, please! 🙂
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Hi: I have been a vegan for a while and have gained weight since ending menopause. I did adopt your portion control measurements but having a problem with how much to eat during the day. Like how any greens for the day and how much protein, say in beans or tofu. I did not know if you were going to do a video on that subject. Keep up the good work.
I love it!