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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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com