Whether you partied hard this past Halloweekend, or just hung out at home and watched a scary movie, chances are you’re feeling a little tired, a little drained, and bordering on succumbing to a candy-coma. While the weekend was fun, school stops for no one. It’s time to get back on track to feeling energized, well-rested, and ready to go. Here are some helpful tips to de-bloat, rehydrate, and get yourself feeling better than ever after a fun-filled, sugar-crazed weekend!
Say No to Sweets
After a weekend of celebration and fun, it’s easy to spend the rest of the week mindlessly reaching for the candy bag. After your body consumes large amounts of sugar, your cravings for those Reese’s Cups only grow. Say no to the sugar! Take your mind off your hankering for a Snickers by painting your nails, hanging with friends, or doing some other fun activity. As hard as it may be, fighting the urge to binge on sugary sweets is key to getting back on a healthy track. Make easier it on yourself by getting rid of your stash of candy or by rewarding yourself with it in small quantities.
Take Time Out
While you were out till the wee hours of the morning partying, your body was becoming severely sleep deprived, and sooner or later it will catch up with you. To make sure you don’t crash and burn mid-week, make sure you allow yourself to get 7-8 hours of sleep for the next few nights to keep your brain and your body fresh and upbeat. As hard as it is to go to bed early, your body will thank you later.
As appealing as it sounds to lounge in your bed post Halloween, binge watching One Tree Hill and eating M&M’s, getting up and getting moving will make you look and feel a lot better. Getting active, whether that means going on a run or taking part in some hard core yoga, will help flush toxins and de-bloat your body. Research has shown that exercise can soften the harsh effects of a high sugar diet (a.k.a. all those Kit Kats you shoveled in your mouth Saturday night) and help you feel renewed, recharged, and ready to take on the week ahead.
Rehydrate and Refuel
After an exhausting, sometimes stressful but always fun weekend, the only liquid you should be putting in your body is water. Water is crucial for curbing those sugary cravings you have while flushing out the excess sodium and sugar that has built up in your body from three days of excessive booze and Butterfingers. H2O is also great for boosting your energy levels and rejuvenating tired skin, two things you will definitely need after a long weekend that was hopefully well worth it.
Eat Balanced Meals
Regardless of whether you binged on candy, booze, or both, one of the most important things to do to help get your body back on track is to eat well-balanced meals. It is easy to want to skip meals to “balance out” all the calories you ate over the weekend, but skipping meals will only make your craving for candy harder to knock. Instead of restricting your calories, eat small, nutritious meals with protein and veggies. In the end, you’ll be refueled, refreshed, and much more pleasant than you would be if you didn’t eat anything at all.
By Annie O’Sullivan