If you managed to avoid overindulging on sweets and potions this Halloween season, you either have incredible self-control or truly do possess the magical powers you claimed to as your donned your witch costume. Tapping into your inner 8-year-old and going all in on a bag of fun-sized treats is permissible around this time of year, but your body may be slightly less forgiving than we are.
Headaches, bloating, and lethargy are just a few of the symptoms of sugar overload. What’s worse: since you’ve become accustomed to wrapping up your healthy lunch of grilled chicken spinach salad with four handfuls of chocolate, it’s tough to ditch the craving despite the harsh side effects. You’ve got a little time before the temptation reincarnates itself in the form of the Holiday Baking Season, so set your system straight with these tips to detox from the sweet evils of Halloween.
Your body needs to be able to get back down to the business (wintertime abs are a thing!), so it’s time to throw that half-eaten lollipop aside and commit to some time off the bonbons. For three days, skip carbohydrates like wheat and other grains, alcohol, and all forms of added sugar. Be sure to keep an eye out for sneaky sources like tomato-based sauces, salad dressings, and marinades, which can pack up to 10 grams of sugar per serving. It might also be helpful to temporarily nix the fruit and dairy, which—while perfectly healthy—can trigger your hankering for less-beneficial sweets.
Load up on whole sources of protein like eggs, chicken, and fish; unlimited amounts of vegetables; and healthy fats like nuts and avocados. After three days of stepping away from the sweet life, gradually add back in healthy sugars (an apple one day, a serving of dairy the next). Continue to include more fruits, like bananas, and little by little incorporate whole grains and maybe a bit of dark chocolate. We’d never advocate complete deprivation; this is simply a way to get back to normal, healthy levels of macronutrients and give you a natural lift.
The occasional drink is not a deal-breaker, but we’ll go ahead and assume your “occasional” trips to the bar over Halloween weekend occurred pretty frequently. Water consumption is a priority now more than ever, so be sure to definitely hit (or exceed) the 8-glasses-a-day rule for the next 48 hours. Not only will you be helping to flush out all those indulgences, but you'll get an energy boost from something other than a candy bar.
Bloated and sluggish are not typically the recipe for a solid workout. Simply getting moving will spur your metabolism and helps remove the excess sugar, alcohol, and miscellaneous junk a lot faster. Dig deep and go as intense with your workout as you can without risking injury.
A solid sweat sesh will have you feeling better than a piece of candy ever could, so it’s definitely worth the effort. If the thought of exercise is scarier than any of the decorations you saw this weekend, go for a long walk or do a light activity, like yoga. Poses like downward facing dog and twisting crescent lunge have detoxifying benefits that can speed up recovery.
Try as you might to avoid it, the holiday season is more or less in full swing, and the temptation for sweets is only going to become stronger over the next few months. You survived your first big sugar rush of the season! It’s time to cleanse your system, refocus on your goals, and prove that your body is built for more than chomping on sweets and imbibing in cocktails. The only frightening thing that should come out of this holiday is how scary good you feel, thanks to BikiniBOD.
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