Vacations, weekends at the beach—it’s the last chance to live summer, throw caution to the wind, and indulge. Lots of BBQ and picnics … a little heavy on the tequila … extra glasses of rosé … all good.
But, now September’s here and you’re likely feeling a bit like bloat city. Time to man down and begin again. Here are some simple ways to get your butt in gear and put you back in the driver’s seat.
Starting now, set your alarm 20 minutes earlier than your usual rise-and-shine. This gives you plenty of time for a full meditation before you shower, some time to practice an attitude of gratitude and set intentions for your day, and have breakfast/set your meals up for success. Those soothing 20 minutes will clear your brain, set your day in a positive direction, and dim the desire for August indulgences.
Give your system a daily morning boost with the juice of half a lemon in a cup of hot water. And don’t stop there. Whip up a green drink with your faves … but be sure to include dark green leafy spinach, kale, or collards. They’ll help establish your body’s proper pH balance. Adding cucumber, celery, parsley, dandelion greens, and apple can help fight the water on bloat because of their high water content.
An excellent way to flush your system after too much of everything is with lots of water. Indeed, every system in your body depends on water! Most experts advise two-plus liters a day for women. I recommend you finish up the first liter before noon. It will make getting to the final goal less daunting. If you like, you can make water more palatable by adding a slice of lemon or lime, a strawberry, or maybe a few cucumber slices.
No doubt you’ve enjoyed every minute of your free-run with nachos and chips, fried chicken and tacos, ice cream, and other summer treats. Now it’s time to get serious. Purge your kitchen of all processed foods and stock up on what’s good for you: fruits, veggies of every color shape and size, lean protein … you know the drill.
When you’ve been used to feeding your face however much you feel like it, getting back to portion control can be a challenge. Here’s how: Start with fiber-rich foods, including fruits, whole grains, and veggies. Eat them often—fiber helps fill you up and thus reins in the appetite, plus it contributes to regularity! Other ways to slow down consumption are to mindfully chew what you are eating, plan healthy snacks (almonds, carrots, celery, apple slices and almond butter, and the like), and keep them handy to avoid vending machines. Go for a walk instead of into the kitchen. Fresh air and brisk exercise obliterate temptation.
Sweating helps rid your body of the toxins that are left lurking after days or weeks of excess. The more you sweat, the more you delete. Be sure to include in your practice exercises that makes you sweat—spinning, hot yoga, rebounding, cardio—whatever makes you happy and works you hard. Infrared saunas are also wonderful for working up a good sweat and they’re popping up around the country. IR saunas use light to create heat at lower temps than the usual sauna, hence, you’re more comfortable. Sweating out those toxins never felt better!
By adapting these tips to your daily routine, in no time you’ll be back in shape and fully eager to embrace fall’s cooler temps and gorgeous hues.