Monday, February 27, 2012

How to Get back on Track!


Hi everyone!!!
Sometimes you just have to overindulge in your favorite foods with friends & family  on the  weekends.   It's okay though. That's what quality time is all about!  
Don't live with regret... slipping up is good sometimes-   It makes you want to get back on track that much more!  It gives you more motivation and drive :)
We're thinking there might be some of you that feel the same way as us!  Bouncing back is KEY. Here's how to do it...
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1.  Drink UP!!!

After tons of activity and possibly your healthy cocktails, you're very dehydrated.  Today & tomorrow, focus oniStock_000015239014XSmall drinking half your body weight in water throughout the day.  ex.. 150lbs = 75 ounces of water.  This will help with the spiraling cravings for sugary food from the weekend. Remember- love mixing our water with natural things to flavor it. Try cucumber and mint- this will also help with you pH levels- read below :)

2.  RAW BABY!

This word can scare a lot of people.  RAW food diets can be intimidating, but focus on this for today and tomorrow.  Your digestive system has been in overdrive all weekend.  Give it a break- JUST LIKE YOUR BODY!!  Eat mostly raw today and tomorrow because your body will easily absorb the nutrients, it will cleanse your system for a day or two and you'll feel lighter.  Don't cook your raw food either- unless you sneak some lean meat in there. (tempeh, tofu and fish is best to have at 2 meals if you're going to have some lean protein over the next couple days.) 
Raw foods for YOU!
  • Fruits - apples, bananas, papaya (has break digestive enzymes), grapefruit, watermelon, kiwi, berries, mangos etc...
  • Vegetables - KALE (a great source of fiber), broccoli, spinach, green beans, zuccini, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, ONIONS - (cleanse the liver) peppers etc...
  • Avocado
  • Wheat grass & psyllium husk!! - psyllium husk is an AMAZING source of fiber!  Mix 1 tbs with almond milk twice a day for the next 2 days to help cleanse your system. i buy the natural flavor at whole foods, but here's a link to their flavored.
  • Some nuts & seeds- keep these on the low side for the next day.
  • Raw black beans or garbanzo beans - loaded with fiber & nutrients
  • Herbs & Spices - cinnamon, parsley, basil, cilantro, cayenne, ginger, onion powder, garlic, mint etc...
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favorite RAW smoothie to help bounce back...
BOUNCE BACK SMOOTHIE
- 1 cup kale, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cucumber, 3 strawberries, 4 fresh mint sprigs (leaves), pinch of ginger, 1 tbs psyllium husk, 1 tbs wheatgrass, 1/2 cup fresh pineapple or apple juice.  (depending on the size of  your fruit & veggies, add a little water if you need to help it blend.)


3.  Bring your ACID LEVELS down

Having the right Alkaline Balance is important for many reasons including improved energy levels, decreased inflammation, disease prevention and many more.  After a big weekend, you're probably very acidic.  If you consumed any processed foods, crackers, chips, sugary treats, any meat, fish, bread, dairy, bad fats and or alcohol or wine, then you need to balance your pH girl!

Focus on eating the foods above that are more alkaline foods. Vegetables - especially green leafy vegetables, your herbs listed above, cucumber, avocado and wheat grass.  


4.  Cardio & weights

You have some extra glycogen stored in your muscles from possibly overeating. The best way to burn through it before it's stored as fat is to increase your cardio and hit the weights for a full body routine.  A HIIT- a 20-30 minute routine is perfect to burn up the extra sugar stored in your body and to combine it with a full body toning routine.    Get burning and remember #1... hydrate :)
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5.  Walk & Rest

Tonight, walk after dinner for a good 30 minutes.  Get out and enjoy some solitude after a busy weekend of entertaining.  When you hit the hay, drink a full glass of water before you fall asleep, take a multi vitamin and try to dream for at least 7.5 hours.

Okay- ready?  Now apply :)   love you guys!!

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