Weekends are meant for relaxing especially for diets. With happy hour Friday, a party Saturday, brunch Sunday, and movies, dinners out, and more thrown into the mix, even the healthiest eater finds it hard to stay on track. Unfortunately all that excess in the form of carbs, fat, salt, sugar, and alcohol can leave you feeling bloated, tired, hungry, and guilty. So come your first day back to work, give your body what it’s craving to help re-establish a healthy equilibrium
Fluids are key since extra salt, sugar, and alcohol can dehydrate your body. Start the day with a tall glass of water or warm cup of any type of tea, then drink throughout the day, aiming for 2-3 litres to flush out the pollutants from the weekend. Plan to eat three meals, with lunch four hours after breakfast and dinner between 6 and 7. Focus on nutrient-dense foods that are low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals since weekend fare tends to be the opposite. Have an afternoon snack around 4 p.m. of green drink powder mixed in water or a smoothie. Look for one containing sea vegetables, probiotics, grasses, and enzymes that will aid in proper digestion. You can also have a whole-food snack after dinner if you are hungry.
Take a multivitamin, and at every meal pop a omega-3 supplement, which will help reduce the inflammation that can be caused by poor eating. At each meal, divide your plate so that it’s half protein and half non-starchy veggies carbs. Incorporate dairy and fruit to optimize the variety of vitamins, minerals, and protein. High-water, high-fiber fruits such as berries, grapefruit, pears, cantaloupe, olives, and avocado will help clean out your gut and get your digestive system back on course, while dairy contains B vitamins, calcium, and vitamin D, all of which you likely skimped on over the weekend.