5 Steps for Detoxing After Overdoing It at a Summer Bash
From boat bachelorette parties to car trunk beach BBQs, there’s definitely no shortage of fun events going on during the summer months. But if you’re anything like us, self-control can be seriously hard to summon around delish finger foods and cocktails, which can leave you feeling less than great the next morning. Since we all have those please-just-let-me-feel-normal-again days, we reached out to Megan Roosevelt, a dietician and the founder of Healthy Grocery Girl, for help. Read on for her five go-to detox tips, which are pretty much perfect for the days you’ve gone overboard with the festivities.
1. Eat REAL food. We totally get waking up and feeling stuffed after an evening spent eating lots of tasty treats, but NEVER skip a meal to save on calories. Megan says, “After a day of overeating, the best thing you can do is to start the day with a healthy balanced breakfast. Try one of my go-to recipes, like a fruit and veggie smoothie made with plant-based protein or half of an avocado on sprouted whole-grain toast.” Even more, she says to keep your nourishment up throughout the rest of the day. “Continue to eat real foods [non-packaged] and mostly plants throughout the day. Go for nuts, seeds, beans, whole-grains, fruits and veggies.” She tells us that plant-based foods have the nutritional properties that will help your body bounce back to feeling its best.
2. Support your liver. So you drank a bit too much last night? No worries, girl — it happens. But instead of beating yourself up for drinking one too many, Megan advises getting right back on track by reaching for foods that’ll support your liver. “A detoxifying dandelion root tea, cabbage, broccoli, lemons, grapefruit, garlic, onions, ginger, spinach, kale and beets will all do the trick.” If you have an upset stomach, Megan swears by ginger, which can help cure nausea. She also says that sipping peppermint tea can help settle your tummy, while bananas are easy to digest and packed full of nutrients that’ll help your heart and digestive system.
3. Reach for your water bottle. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Megan tells us that water will not only help flush toxins away, but it will also keep your system regulated. In line with all of the other advice we’ve heard about drinking water this summer, Megan says she makes it a point to drink half her body weight in ounces each day. Follow this guideline without overdoing it, and you’ll be back on your way to feeling great. Coconut water is also a good choice, as it has heaps of natural electrolytes to help your bod replenish and repair ASAP.
4. Sweat it out. Just like drinking tons of water, Megan reminds us that sweating is another way to flush out toxins. If you don’t feel up to your usual high-intensity HIIT workout or intense circuit sweat sesh, try a jog or a brisk walk to help improve blood circulation AND improve digestion. Megan says, “Exercise will help you feel strong, happy and keep a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle. Yay, endorphins!”
5. Get a good night’s sleep. Your body stays super busy while you sleep, working hard to rest and repair. Megan notes that quality sleep is completely crucial for its ability to balance ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and leptin, the satiety hormone. “Skipping sleep can actually lead you to feel hungrier throughout the day and make it harder to make good choices when it comes to what you’re eating,” she warns. “To get better sleep, try to unplug from all electronics 30 minutes before you get in bed. Make your room a cool, dark place and try using lavender essential oil in a diffuser on your nightstand. Lavender helps promote relaxation, which can help you doze right off into a restful night’s sleep. Tomorrow is a new day.”
What do you do to feel better after a day of overindulgence? Tweet us your best tips @BritandCo!
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
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The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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