Happy Black Friday, you guys! I hope you all are having a fantastic Thanksgiving (I don't know about you, but I tend to think of the whole weekend as Thanksgiving...the fun continues today and tomorrow!) Whether you're the sort to binge eat or not, unless you're amazingly disciplined and had a salad for dinner last night, you're probably feeling the need to detox from the carbs/fat/sugar a little bit today. And while I'll probably splurge on some leftover pumpkin pie today, I try to generally begin to reel things back in the day after Thanksgiving.
Here are five gentle ways to detox after Thanksgiving dinner (while still staying in the holiday spirit. :)
1. DRINK YOUR GREENS
I love green juices any time of the year, but especially the day after a splurge. There are tons of tasty, healthy recipes out there, but my favorite festive version is here. If you're still unsure about the taste of spinach or kale in a smoothie, the best way to completely mask the vegetable is with a spoonful of peanut butter (No joke. Banana, loads of kale/spinach + a spoon of peanut butter + cinnamon + 1/2 tsp honey + water is my all-time favorite. All you'll taste is the sweet peanut-buttery banana combination.)
2. GET YOUR SWEAT ON
I'm not talking any crazy marathon-training or anything, but even just run/walking a mile or two, to get sweating and get that fresh air in your lungs feels amazing.
3. PEPPERMINT TEA
Totally festive and holiday-approved, peppermint tea is also known to improve digestion and cleanse the palette. Do you really need any more reason to make a cuppa while shopping and/or decorating? (I certainly don't.)
4. STRETCH IT OUT
It's no secret that I'm a little in love with yoga...but seriously, it feels so good to do some restorative stretching, strengthening and lengthening. If I'm too tired to do any upbeat exercise, but still want to fit in a little movement, there's really nothing better. (Check out Yoga With Adriene for free weekly yoga videos. She's the best you guys.)
5. TAKE A NAP
Napping won't burn calories, or cleanse your system, or anything like that, but dang it will feel good. (Be careful not to oversleep, though - no good comes of being drowsy around 4PM and unable to sleep at nighttime! For me, 1 hour is perfect.)
CHEERS TO YOU ALL. I HOPE YOUR THANKSGIVING WAS LOVELY - AND MAY THE BLACK FRIDAY ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR!
What do you usually do the day after Thanksgiving?