Without the monotony of the workweek to help keep you in check| it’s easy to veer away from a healthy routine during the weekend. Workouts get skipped| too many cocktails are sipped| and you wake up on Monday full of regret. Instead of thinking about what you should have done| Monday marks the perfect time to get back on track| setting the tone for the rest of the week. Before you lock yourself down on a no-carb| no-alcohol| no-everything diet| start with these approachable detoxing tips from Eve Kessner| holistic nutritionist and SoulCycle instructor.
- Hydrate| hydrate| hydrate: Eve can’t stress this point enough| “Drink lots of water!” Besides balancing out the dehydrating effects of any imbibing you did over the weekend| Eve credits water with helping the body “flush out any toxins it’s holding on to.” Start the morning with our wonder beverage of choice: hot water with a lemon| which among other things has been shown to aid in weight loss. From there| be sure to drink from your water bottle throughout the day. Make it a goal to refill it more than a few times before hitting the hay.Get up and move: When it comes to sweating out the bad stuff and upping endorphin levels| Eve says that exercise is key. If you’re up for it| she suggests a fast-paced cardio session since it will boost the body’s metabolism| allowing you to better burn off some of those weekend indulgences. If you went too overboard on Sunday and the thought of a high-intensity workout has your stomach feeling queasy| opt for a walk or restorative yoga session instead.Eat clean: After a few food-filled and sleep-deprived nights| it’s important to not give in to junk-food cravings. That pumpkin cream cheese muffin might seem like a good breakfast| but you’ll end up feeling worse than you did when you woke up. Now is the time to eat fresh| whole foods. “Raw foods have higher nutrient density| so you get more bang for your buck and inherently less sugar|” says Eve. Enjoy a nutrient-rich smoothie for breakfast| a fresh salad for lunch| and follow Eve’s guidelines for putting together the perfect dinner. Above all| Eve says to “avoid anything processed.”Get some rest: One of the best ways to reset the body is to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. “This one is tough [when you have a busy schedule]| but superimportant for your body’s recovery|” says Eve. Skipping out on enough sleep can lead to stress| weight gain| and an overall decline in good health. If falling asleep is hard for you| follow these all-day habits for a better night’s rest.
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