Some of us overindulged in our favorite foods with friends and family this weekend... okay fine, both Karena and I did!!! It's okay though. That's what quality time is all about! We don't want any of you to 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 we do it...
1. Drink UP!!!
After traveling, tons of activity and possibly your healthy cocktails, you're very dehydrated. Today and tomorrow, focus on 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 - we 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 we want you to focus on this for today and tomorrow. Your digestive system has been in overdrive all weekend with grilling and meals planned all through the holiday. 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. This is a good time to do the 7 Day Slim Down.
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...
- 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. We 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...
Our 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.) If you want to have this post workout, add one scoop of Perfect Fit!
3. Bring your ACID LEVELS down
We talk about this a lot at Tone It Up, but having the right Alkaline Balance is important for many reasons including improved energy levels, decreased inflammation, disease prevention and many more. After a big holiday 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. Also, anyone on the Tone It Up Diet Plan, drink up your Meta-D morning drink! We also LOVE kombucha if you can go to a whole foods or nutrition store and snag some for this week.
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. We suggest 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. If you're on the Tone It Up Team, do the FULL BODY BLAST program. If you're on our blog you can do some of the HIIT workouts - HIIT!!! We also posted some full body routines below for toning. Get burning and remember #1... hydrate :)
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 :) We love you guys!!
Karena & Katrina
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