5 ways to avoid the 5th of July guilt

You know exactly what I'm talking about! You were drinking and eating ALL day long and you wake up on the 5th, hungover, bloated, and feeling like SH**. These tips are great for any party, affair, wedding, or event that you go to not just the 4th of July.  The reason I decided to write about this is because it happens to me and therefore, I am sure it happens to you too. We get caught up in the moment, forget our health goals, and give in to peer pressure and social eating/drinking. If you can remember the 5 tips below, you will be able to fully enjoy the holiday and not sacrifice your health (too much).

  1. Start your day off right. Start your day with a workout, meditation to connect with your intentions, and then a balanced meal. That means protein, healthy fats, and fiber, and low-gylcemic carbs (veggies). The benefits: Starting your day with a workout revs your metabolism and depending on the workout may have you burning calories for the next 24 hours (high intensity interval training- I love the dailyhiit.com). Meditating after a workout is proven to help you meditate deeper and more effectively. Connect with your health goals and intentions for the day.Nest, have a healthy and satisfying meal. An example would be a large omelet with spinach, kale, mushrooms, and peppers with some sliced avocado on the side.
  2. Eat before you go out. Eat something small and healthy so that you are not starving when you get to the parade or BBQ. This could be a protein shake, whole grain toast with nut butter, smoothie, or a large salad.
  3. Go for the veggies first. When you arrive at a party or BBQ, head for the veggie/fruit platter first. The reason is that fruits and veggies have high water content. Therefore, they will fill you up with much fewer calories than that cheeseburger.
  4. Eat what you want....in small portions. YOLO, right? You only live once, so why not enjoy it. Have that burger, potato salad, and a piece of cake too. The trick is eating what you want, mindfully and in smaller portions.  Enjoy your favorites but when you do, pay close attention to your meal. Engage all of your senses and really enjoy what you are eating. Don't feel guilty, even the world's fittest and healthiest people indulge once in a while. Just enjoy it in the right proportions. The same goes for family and friends. Be present!
  5. If you drink alcohol, alternate with water. One beer, 1 cup water, 1 margarita, 1 cup water. Alternate for hydration and so you don't get hammered as quickly and feel sick for the rest of the day. The problem with drinking on the 4th is that you typically start early and are already tired and hung over by 3. Take it slow and you will feel so much better the rest of the day.

BONUS TIP: here is a friendly little detox tip for the day after (if you indulged a little too much).

Dandelion Root Juice: dandelion root is a blood cleanser and rids inflammation in the liver. As a bonus, it's a great weight loss root as well.
Place the following in a juice
- 3-5 dandelion stalks (WholeFoods has these) wrapped around 1 cucumber (yields more juice this way)
- 1 green apple
- 1 lemon
Drink this powerful juice and continue to drink TONS of water throughout the
day.

dandelion juice