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How to Recover from a Holiday Weekend of Food and Booze

Posted Feb 22 2011 1:51pm
Anyone else having trouble today getting back into the swing of things after the long holiday weekend? If you had a weekend like mine–one filled with lots of food, some booze, and little rest–you might be feeling super sluggish right now.

I had a few out-of-town friends visiting from Washington DC for whom I played hostess. They wanted the total New York experience, a weekend filled with Sex in the City-style activities that involved fabulous restaurants, hopping bar scenes, and personalized tours of the city. We did all of the above and more!

Now, it’s Tuesday morning at 10am, and I feel pretty rundown. I’m in need of a mental buck up to power through the day (and week) with gusto. If you find yourself in the same boat, follow the advice below. You’ll regain your momentum and jump back into your old routine in no time.

No, not that kind of shot. I’m talking about a metabolism boosting, de-toxifying ‘elixir,’ of sorts, that you can make at home. It will kickstart your metabolism and get you mentally prepared to start anew.

In a small measuring cup, combine 1 part fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 part warm water, a sprinkle (or two) of cayenne pepper, and zest from a 1 inch cube of fresh ginger. Transfer to a drinking glass and chug within 30 minutes of waking up. Warning: this is not supposed to taste good.

Lemon is the ultimate detoxifying ingredient (which is why it is used in so many trendy cleanses). It’ll wake up your digestive system and start flushing you out immediately. The cayenne pepper and ginger have amazing anti-inflammatory properties that help combat the bloating and water retention caused by salty foods or a couple of beers.

Set aside 30 minutes for exercise the day after a long weekend. This is crucial to banishing the guilt from that second Butterscotch Cream Doughnut with Warm Milk- Chocolate Dipping Sauce that you ate at ABC Kitchen at brunch on Sunday. Btw, It was so worth it!

Even before the weekend, plan a gym session with friends for Tuesday. You already know that you’re going to indulge in the juicy hamburger or stack of blueberry pancakes, so plan ahead. Put a workout plan on the calendar, and you’ll be glad you did it when Tuesday rolls around.

Think of it like “rebooting” your physical system – the physical exertion shocks your body back into normal operation. Plus, importantly, this workout is just as much about resetting your mind as it is resetting your body and burning calories. When you’ve been off your routine for a few days, the hardest part is getting back into it. The sooner you start, the easier it’ll be.

Fill up on dark leafy greens and other vegetables that are high in fiber. These will help rid your system of all the fat and salt that you consumed over the weekend.

A few ways to get these green vegetables into your diet include: grabbing a green juice (we have several at our Pump locations on 17th and 55th Streets ), ordering a side of steamed baby spinach with your Pump meal, or adding a head of streamed broccoli to your dinner tonight.

The nutrients and minerals in green vegetables (A, K, D and E vitamins, for example) help the body to eliminate toxins you’ve built up through unhealthy eating or incomplete digestion.

So there you have it 3 easy steps to take today that will leave you in a much better place tomorrow. Now, let’s start counting down to Memorial Day…

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