YOUR GUIDE TO POST-THANKSGIVING DETOX

November 6, 2017

It’s time to detox! Welcome to your post-Thanksgiving recovery plan.

For starters, I’m not going to tell you push away the gravy. Or replace pumpkin pie with a cup of tea for dessert. Because, well, it’s Thanksgiving.

My approach to health and fitness is all about balance (I take the 80% 20% rule when it comes to flexible dieting. But that’s a topic for another day) Today we are talking about how to recover from a day of feasting, and how to eat healthy during that dangerous one month period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So you’re not rolling into the New Year like the Times Square ball. In fact, you’ll probably even drop a few lbs.

THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING

Drink it Up
Start the day with lemon water, and chug it all throughout the day. It will help detoxify and flush out everything you ate the day before, and rev up your metabolism. Try to avoid caffeine, but if you can’t go without your morning kick, sip on green tea. Which is rich in antioxidants and will also give your metabolism a boost.

Don’t Starve Yourself
Because you’ll probably binge on leftovers later. That being said, don’t eat if you’re not hungry either. We are creatures of habit. So you’ll probably find yourself reaching for the fridge in the morning or at lunch, but stop and think. Are you hungry? Or is it habit? If it’s actually hunger knocking at your door, satiate it with lean protein. For breakfast think Greek yogurt and berries. And for lunch & dinner opt for fish, poultry, or legumes with a bunch of veggies.

THE WEEK AFTER

Eat Clean
The week after Thanksgiving is about resetting your body, and picking back up with healthy eating habits. (Aka not falling into the holiday black hole of holiday pies and Christmas cookies)

The diet is not dissimilar from what I mentioned above, but you can start including more grains and carbs. I love quinoa, oatmeal, brown rice, and Ezekiel bread to stay full and satisfied. You can also eat carb-loaded fruits and vegetables like bananas, apples, and sweet potatoes. (ps, This is also an ideal diet if you’re ever trying to drop pounds and reduce inflammation.)

 

THE MONTH AFTER

Be a Cheater
Christmas is around the corner, and you don’t have to deprive yourself of the occasional gingerbread cookie to get yourself in the holiday spirit.

Give yourself two cheat meals. I like to plan one and have the other be spontaneous (like when someone brings apple cider donuts to the office) Keep in mind this is a cheat meal, not a cheat day. So don’t go bananas.

Prohibition
Unfortunately, alcohol is a guilty suspect when it comes to looking and feeling your best. The average cocktail has 200 calories, toss back a few of those and you’re at 600 cals. The equivalent of a burger and fries at McDonalds.

And not only is it high in empty calories, but it turns into acetate, which makes it harder for you body to mobilize and burn fat.

Since banning alcohol is unrealistic for most, I try to drink it maximum once or twice a week. Like after a super stressful day, or on date night. And if you do chose to sip, avoid cocktails! While they may seem innocent, those sugary suckers go straight to your gut. Opt for a glass of wine or tequila soda instead.

15 Comments

  • Reply Rachel November 13, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply Jessica November 11, 2017 at 10:40 PM

    This is awesome dear! And yes, I’d give myself two cheat meals (maybe three, ha!)

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Reply Rubi November 8, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Awesome tips Lily! Yes to lemon water and green tea, helps so much!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  • Reply Falasha November 8, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    Great tips, I need to get back on the bandwagon since I have been eating everything in sight.
    xoxo Falasha
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  • Reply Dina November 8, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    Yummy pics!

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  • Reply Corina November 8, 2017 at 6:01 AM

    These are great tips! We all overeat during this season, but it’s important to give your body some balance.
    Making the difference between cheat meals and days is still my problem. I am working on that :)

    xo Corina
    http://www.unbouquetdamour.com

  • Reply THE LALA LOOKBOOK November 7, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Great post

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  • Reply Tenin Dvr November 7, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    These are genuilenly good tips and it’s amazing that they can apply to both Thanksgiving and Christmas time

    xo.TDVR
    http://www.tenindvr.blogspot.com

  • Reply Barbiegirl06 November 7, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Great post and tips! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  • Reply Elizabeth Seal November 7, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Such great advice, I need to try that lemon water tip! I love your style, your blog, photos and outfits are seriously dreamy! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (I would love to follow each other on bloglovin if you like! :D)

  • Reply April November 7, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Love these detox tips!

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  • Reply Jerad Michael November 7, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Loving the pre-holiday tips! I’m all about a tequila soda cocktail ;)

    -Jerad
    http://www.neutralnomad.com

  • Reply Courtney November 7, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    These are really good tips! I’ll be doing cheat meals for sure since it’s thanksgiving.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Keri November 7, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    These tips are definitely handy! I always overindulge so much come Thanksgiving time…or jus the holiday season in general. It’s so bad!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Reply Magda November 6, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    Great detox tips, thanks for sharing!

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