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6 Tips to bounce back after a holiday binge.

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When there's such a delicious (and elaborate) food on the table, when we're presented with a buffet of holiday feasts it's easy to go overboard during the holidays. Whether it's a salt binge, too many sweets, champagne, calorie laden holiday drinks, or a combination of all, don't resign yourself to feeling uncomfortable all day long. These tips will help you feel better sooner.

1. Start chugging....WATER!: Be sure to hydrate before bed and have a full cup of water ready to drink as soon as you wake up. Keep drinking water all day long, drinking two to three liters of water throughout the day. It may feel counterintuitive to drink a lot of anything when you're feeling full, but you'll start feeling better immediately.

2. Freshen up: Take a shower, get dressed (NOT in sweatpants), put on deodorant, so there's no time to sit around and succumb to that "blah state." Taking the initiative ASAP will make everything else feel easier. Once you're all cleaned up, don't just reach for any old outfit; choose clothing that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Feeling better mentally is an important part of feeling better physically.

3. Fill up with VEGGIES and PROTEIN: One of the worst things you can do after overindulging is skip out on breakfast the next day and mess with your metabolism. Instead, enjoy a breakfast with an egg white and veggie omelet and some berries, which contain fiber. A breakfast that's full of protein and fiber will support healthy digestion and keep your stomach satisfied throughout the morning. This way, you won't be ravenous for a huge lunch or snack on whatever's in sight and stay stuck in the cycle.

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4. MOVE!: Do 45 minutes to one hour of steady state cardio exercise. Walking, jogging, the elliptical machine are all good choices. Even if you're feeling bloated and sluggish, hitting up a quality cardio session to sweat things out is one of your best defenses against the dreaded food hangover. You'll feel 10 times better when you're done!
Finish that up with 15 minutes of stretching and twisting. Twists just get things moving. If you have Beachbody On Demand All Access, then there are some fabulous, short, yoga workouts that include twists, which support digestion and release toxins. If you don't have time for a full sequence, take two minutes to move through a handful of yoga poses!

5. Keep your meals clean: You don't have to go overboard with a liquid diet or crazy detox, but do your best to all day long, and include one cup of green, leafy veggies at the beginning of each meal. Reach for balanced, light meals full of fresh seasonal produce and whole grains. Steer clear of processed foods and too much sugar or salt — your body will thank you later.

6. Forgive yourself/love yourself: After you've had a fun night out, don't be unkind to yourself. There's no reason you shouldn't be able to enjoy a festive meal freely, so don't allow negative self-talk to take over. The best thing you can do is move forward with a positive attitude and happy memories of your fun.

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