18 Recipes That Help Banish Bloat and Energize the Body

18 Recipes That Help Banish Bloat and Energize the Body

Whether it was a string of parties or just too much of a good thing| sometimes the body needs a break. Banish feelings of bloat| fatigue| and constipation with these healthy recipes that are a cinch to make. Each of these delicious dishes contain an ingredient known for having detox properties that help the body’s digestive system do its job even better. In no time at all| you’ll be feeling lighter and more energized!

| Rainbow Salad

Believed by many to have good-luck properties| cabbage (and other cruciferous vegetables) promotes healthy liver function| stimulating the body’s natural detoxification process. This Winter| we can’t stop eating our rainbow carrot and cabbage detox salad. High in fiber| vitamin C| and vitamin A| the salad works to hydrate your body with its water content| while the high fiber content aids in healthy digestion.

| Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie

Start your day right with a glass of fat-burning ingredients| like calcium-rich Greek yogurt| almonds| and broccoli and high-fiber strawberries and spicy cinnamon| among other metabolism-boosting ingredients.

| Green Detox Soup

This isn’t a thin| watery bowl of spinach juice: you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the heft of a heaping bowl of this green Winter detox soup. Kale| onion| sweet potato| turnip| and more all add detoxifying nutrients to your diet.

| Kale and Quinoa Superfood Salad

The powerhouse duo kale and quinoa combine in this salad for a meal you’ll want to make again and again. Both are jam-packed with nutrients like vitamins A| C| and K (kale) and healthy fats| protein| and fiber (quinoa)| making the combination a healthy and filling lunch option.

| Papaya Doughnuts

Here’s a doughnut that’s definitely diet-approved! A drizzle of agave syrup and a squeeze of lime enhance the natural flavor of papaya| and the sunflower seeds add protein| along with a nice crunch. It’s a great addition to any breakfast or brunch menu.

| Buckwheat Porridge

Whole grains are great for detoxing| because they help keep everything moving in your gut. If you’re over oatmeal| then try this buckwheat porridge recipe (and once you’ve clicked on the link| keep clicking through for more whole grain hot cereal ideas).

| Ginger-Carrot Soup

This ginger-carrot soup is high in vitamin A| vitamin C| and manganese| which aids in digestion. To top it all off| there’s no cholesterol whatsoever in this tasty recipe!

| Pineapple Quinoa Boat

The presentation alone is enough to wow guests| but it’s the recipe that will have them coming back for more. Because pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain| it helps banish bloat by breaking down protein and easing digestion. Add to that quinoa| a superfood favorite| and this vegan pineapple quinoa boat is the perfect star for a tropical-themed meal.

| Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Dark leafy greens like spinach| kale| and chicory are full of essential nutrients like vitamins A and C| but it’s the chlorophyll levels that help the body detox and alkalize. To take in all the cleansing properties of leafy greens| it’s best to enjoy them raw: try POPSUGAR Food’s recipe for a shredded kale and brussels sprouts salad.

| Creamy Broccoli Soup

You’ll never guess that this creamy nutmeg broccoli soup is entirely vegan: it makes a great low-calorie substitute for when you’re craving a cream-based soup. Nutmeg and cayenne spice up your bowl and give you a little metabolism boost as well.

| Roasted Beets

Beets are a wonderful treat for the times when the body feels heavy or weighed down. Their fiber increases the production of antioxidant enzymes in the liver| helping the body eliminate bile and other toxic substances. Sometimes simple is best| like this recipe for roasted beets.

| Steamed Artichokes

The positive effects that artichokes have on the digestive system are many: studies show that the leafy veggie promotes healthy liver and gallbladder function because it’s loaded with cynarin| which helps increase bile production (helping to get nasty stuff out of the body!)| protects against indigestion| and stimulates digestion. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy this vegetable than POPSUGAR Food’s recipe for simple steamed artichokes.

| Low-Calorie Cucumber Soup

Pamper your belly with this debloating and low-calorie soup recipe from Canyon Ranch Spa. Cooling cucumbers| mint| and yogurt serve as the base| while garlic| chives| and a touch of lemon add bright flavor. This recipe is almost as good as being at the luxurious spa itself!

| Cinnamon Quinoa Bake

Chowing down a big bowl of quinoa is a satisfying and delicious way to debloat. Not only is quinoa protein-packed and rich in fiber| but it’s also chock-full of potassium! If you want to mix up your typical bowl of quinoa in an oatmeal setting| then opt for this creative spin that has metabolism-boosting properties. A cinnamon quinoa bake is a sweet| protein-packed treat to start off your day.

| Asparagus Frittata

Start your morning off with an asparagus-filled frittata. What’s great is that you can make this recipe on a Sunday and portion it out to enjoy over the course of the week. Omit the cheese to keep the recipe flat-belly-friendly. Asparagus contains both prebiotics and probiotics| which are both important for keeping your digestive tract healthy and working properly.

| GOOP Soup

Count Gwyneth Paltrow as a major fan of this light detox arugula and broccoli soup u2014 she featured this green blended soup on her lifestyle blog| GOOP. Pair this 130-calorie soup with a lean protein for a filling| detoxifying meal.

| Apple and Cabbage Salad

Apples marry with the dynamic duo of red and Savoy cabbage| combining for a fiber-filled meal that aids in digestion. Fennel seeds add fiber| and a kick of cayenne boosts the metabolism. This diuretic salad is one to keep in heavy rotation.

| Kale Chips

Who knew detoxing could be so snack-friendly? Light and nutty| baked kale chips make a healthy alternative to chips and satisfy cravings for all things savory| salty| and crispy. Make kale chips work even harder for you by tossing them in curry powder; turmeric promotes healthy liver function| detoxifies the liver| and aids in digestion.

The Surprising Things 1 Woman Learned After Doing a 2-Week Cleanse

The Surprising Things 1 Woman Learned After Doing a 2-Week Cleanse

I’m a really| really healthy person. I’ve been eating organic produce since I was a child (thanks| Mom!)| and I work out about six times a week u2014 a mix of indoor cycling| dance cardio| HIIT| yoga| and barre. When I recently met with an Equinox trainer to assess my BMI (body mass index)| we discovered I am at a “normal”” weight and “”stronger than average.”” So why would I need to do a cleanse?

To start| I’ve been traveling a ton this year. From May to July| I took seven trips for both personal and work-related reasons! And I do have vices: coffee (approximately six cups a day)| sugar (you’ll often find me trolling around the office at 3 p.m. for chocolate chip anything!)| and social alcohol consumption (nothing beats a crisp glass of Summer Rosu00e9| amiright?). My go| go| go lifestyle and ingestible weaknesses left me feeling bloated and run-down| and craving structure.

So I did something I have never done before: I went on a two-week detox cleanse| the Dr. Lipman program. This was a major step for me emotionally! I can’t stick to Weight Watchers or count calories on MyFitnessPal| so the fact that I followed this through was a true test of willpower. And I discovered a ton of valuable lessons that I will bring into my future eating and wellness habits. Keep reading to learn more about the cleanse| why I chose it| and how it affected my overall health| waistline| and wallet.

| Why I Chose the Dr. Lipman Cleanse

Dr. Frank Lipman became certified in internal medicine before writing a restricting foods that can cause sensitivities including gluten| dairy| eggs| nightshade vegetables (tomatoes| peppers| eggplant)| and peanuts. By taking these out and then later| slowly| adding them back in one by one| you can discover any sensitivities or allergies you may have. Unhealthy substances are also nixed| including alcohol| caffeine| processed food| and high-sugar fruit like bananas| grapes| and strawberries. Find the list of approved and restricted foods here.

Dr. Lipmanu2019s cleanse appealed to me because it felt doable| unlike the some of the extreme Gwyneth Paltrow or Tracey Anderson-strict plans. I knew I would be eating at least five times a day including two solid-food meals| and if I needed to| I could dine out (farm-to-table restaurants are preferred). You can do this cleanse anywhere| anytime since you just mix the shake packets with H2O| nut milk| or coconut water. I actually made most of mine into smoothies| which kept me fuller since I limited my grain intake (recommended for weight loss).

Youu2019re also not alone: Dr. Lipmanu2019s team of nutrition experts are available while youu2019re doing the cleanse to answer all questions (Why am I bloating? Are these chicken sausages approved? Etc.). I called and emailed them throughout the process and found everyone to be extremely helpful.

And now onto what I learned during this detoxifying journey!

| I Finally Bought a Blender

Pre Dr. Lipman| I ate a toasted English muffin with peanut butter and either jelly or a sliced banana every single day for the past 15 years. Though it sounds reasonably healthy| every one of those foods is banned from the cleanse. So I broke my pattern and finally invested in my first blender. I had a fantastic time creating smoothie recipes! And I stopped spending $10 a pop on fancy juices from chichi health stores.

My current favorite concoction tastes like a milkshake but is packed with protein and antioxidants. Try it: one cup of unsweetened chocolate almond milk| a spoon of almond butter| a spoon of cocoa powder| a handful of frozen spinach| a handful of frozen blueberries| and one fourth of an avocado. Though the cleanse is over| I am continuing with my breakfast smoothie ritual since itu2019s easier for my stomach to digest liquids in the morning.

| I Actually Brought Lunch to Work

Now that my fridge was stocked with fresh produce for smoothies| I had tons of ingredients to also use in lunch salads| dinner| and snacks. I began prepping my meals on Sunday nights| storing bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar at my desk to dress my prepacked lunch salads. The cleanse also encouraged me to try new ingredients| such as canned wild salmon (great alternative for tuna!)| coconut milk| and organic baby rainbow carrots.

| I Realized How Good Healthy Food Tastes

By eliminating processed foods and sugary treats| my taste buds werenu2019t dulled by intensely salty french fries or supersweet energy bars. I noticed how truly delicious fresh food is! A few days into the cleanse| blackberries tasted like gummy candies| almond butter went down like pudding| and cucumbers were refreshing delights. Every morsel I put into my mouth| from savory olives to juicy pears| was supremely satisfying.

| It Helped Me Develop Willpower

Four days into the cleanse| I sat at a prestigious work-related lunch where a plate of toast| burrata| and tomato landed in front of me. I couldnu2019t eat anything on it| since the cleanse calls for no gluten| dairy| or nightshade vegetables. So I sat there and smiled| talking with other women| while ignoring my fork. When the waiter came to take away my untouched appetizer| I sighed relief u2014 itu2019s OK to say to no food.

Sometimes I feel the need to be a u201cyesu201d person while dining. Yes| boyfriend| I will split the fried calamari and flatbread pizza before the meal; or sure| BFF| I will help you polish off that bottle of prosecco since you just got dumped. Whatever the case| the cleanse gave me an excuse to opt out. One of my challenges after doing it will be to continue this behavior while also allowing myself to indulge when itu2019s something I want| not something I feel pressure to agree to.

| I Learned to Listen to My Stomach

Sticking to a limited diet helped me better understand what my body needs rather than what I crave emotionally. The old Lauren reached for a chocolate something at the end of lunch and most likely dinner| too. Now I grab fruit u2014 I love cherries or blueberries u2014 and notice how much more stable my blood sugar feels. Often| sweet treats give me a quick energy soar followed by a crash and then a craving for more sugar. Removing the baked goods eliminated that cycle altogether.

I also developed better habits when it comes to eating carbs and meat. For instance| I loaded up on animal protein u2014 such as a piece of wild salmon or organic chicken u2014 at lunch rather than dinner since it helps fuel me during the busy workday. Dr. Lipman actually suggests consuming a heavier lunch and lighter dinner in his book Revive.

And after five days without any grains| my body told me via an achy stomach that I take a break from starchy vegetable break in lieu of some soothing carbs. When I asked the nutritionist why my body was reacting| she said it was probably a combination of the added fiber from the smoothie powder packets and influx of dark veggies (broccoli| brussels sprouts| kale)| and my body detoxing (she described it as bad bacteria dying like bugs u2014 ew!). Drinking some fennel-infused herbal tea| taking activated charcoal tablets (to speed up the detoxifying process)| and adding healthy grains back helped me to feel better.

Sticking to this strict plan eliminated the food guilt Iu2019d often feel after stuffing dinner bread and butter into my mouth or polishing off an entire chocolate molten lava cake. When I did eat carbs| I choose ones like sweet potatoes and quinoa| which are packed with vitamins. Ultimately| my cravings had less to do with sugar crashes and struggling for energy and more to do with balancing out my nutrient intake.

| I Slept Significantly Better

Thanks to all of that coffee and a typical 8 p.m. second wind| I rarely pass out before 1 a.m. So I was shocked when| on day two| my eyes easily closed at around 11:30 p.m. Throughout the week| I was surprised every night when I consistently got tired at 11:30 p.m. and popped out of bed around 6:30 a.m. Perhaps it was the magic of the shakes| the fact that I wasnu2019t amped up on sugar| or that I wasn’t trying to digest starchy carbs. It is also recommended to give the body 12 hours to digest between dinner and breakfast| and on the nights I did this| I found it was even easier to get shut-eye.

Disclosure: Though caffeine is restricted from the cleanse| I got special permission from Dr. Lipmanu2019s nutritionists to drink it in moderation; call me a wimp| but it was overwhelming for me to completely eliminate my six-cup-a-day habit on top of everything else. I allowed myself one to two small cups a day| only in the morning. That was still a significant drop from my normal caffeine intake| so I considered it a success. Pumping my body with so many fruit and vegetable vitamins gave me natural energy| making it easy to step away from the roasted beans and go to bed earlier.

| My Apple Watch Was Winning

Every day| my Apple Watch activity app challenges me to burn 500 calories a day. Thanks to the cleanse| I was always up and about walking around the office u2014 making a shake| cleaning a bottle| getting a snack or salad from the fridge| filling up my water bottle| brewing herbal tea| or going to ladiesu2019 room. All of that resulted in so many steps! It was also a great way to chat up co-workers since I basically had a pop-up office in the company kitchen.

| I Didnu2019t Need Foundation

As a beauty editor| I have access to the best skin care and facialists| but u2014 wow! u2014 nothing clears up redness like the ingestion of superfoods. Two days into the cleanse| I noticed my skin was glowing in a way retinol| self-tanner| and brightening serum couldnu2019t deliver. I was| as they say| lit from within. Thanks to the sleep and nutrient-rich diet| my dark undereye circles were fading| my tone evened out| and my ever-so-slight rosacea disappeared. By Saturday evening| I went out on a double date night wearing soley mascara (which is not my normal look)!

| I Found My Meditation

While doing the cleanse| I also read Dr. Lipmanu2019s book Revive| and in one of the chapters| he recommends meditating. He acknowledges that for overly productive people (like moi!)| the idea of sitting in silence and breathing can cause more stress. So he suggests finding something that quiets your mind u2014 be it knitting| cooking| or even walking outside. For me| itu2019s dance. Iu2019ve been studying dance since I was 2 and a half years old| and during the cleanse| I made sure to take some hip-hop and jazz classes. While booty shaking to Nicki Minaj might not sound relaxing to some| nothing feeds my soul like moving to music in a room full of collective energy. Memorizing the routines and performing them once I did cleared my often-racing thoughts. Dancing instead of my usual high-intensity workouts feel like a needed| meditative release.

Throughout the two-week cleanse| I tried to also be gentler with myself and my time. Instead of running around from workout to appointment to late dinners each day and night| I carved out more time to just chill. First| I pulled a bunch of events off my calendar u2014 especially the food-related ones so I had no excuse not to cook. Throughout the cleanse| I often skipped morning workouts to sleep in a bit. I often walked home instead of taking the subway. I attempted to keep my phone in my bag while strolling around the city| allowing me to breathe in the Summer air| appreciate New Yorku2019s energy| and disconnect for half an hour. In the evenings| I lit a candle and curled up in bed with a book rather than streaming Netflix. I tried to make every moment of my day feel special.

| The Aftermath

While I only lost about three pounds from the cleanse| I felt a lot less bloated with brighter skin and infinitely increased energy. When I attended a wedding the following weekend| the zipper on my dress easily closed over my de-puffed torso.

Once I started to add the sensitive foods back into my diet| it was pretty clear I donu2019t have allergies to gluten| dairy| peanut| or nightshade veggies. Yet| I still focus on eating an organic| plant-based| low-gluten| low-dairy diet because it makes me feel slimmer and more energized. That means starting my mornings with a green smoothies or gluten-free oatmeal with raw pumpkin seeds| berries| and chia seeds; followed by a homemade lunch (usually a salad)| and a healthy dinner (like chicken or fish with vegetables). The things I added back quickly were bananas (delicious addition to smoothies)| weekend drinks (again| that Summer rose with seafood dinners is hard to pass up)| and occasional sweets like Ralphu2019s cream ices. Am I totally off of sugar? No. But at least when I overdo it| I now have a plan to go back to ween off of it. And thankfully for my pulse rate| I am sticking to two cups of coffee per day (with green tea if I need it in the afternoons).

What You Learn From 30 Days of No Booze, Sugar, Gluten, or Dairy

Blogger Grace Boyle of Small Hands, Big Ideas describes what it’s like to go through a 30-day cleanse.

I embarked on a 30-day food challenge. It was pretty strict. At a high level, I couldn’t have:

Gluten/WheatDairyBoozeSugar

That eliminates a lot of things we enjoy in our daily consumption of food. But ensures for a lot of clean eating, and it also promoted points for sleeping eight hours, five days a week of working out (I didn’t always get five, but always worked out like I do anyway), and 10 minutes a day of meditation or some sort of quiet time without technology.

Today is the last day of the challenge, and I’m happy to say I stuck to ¡ª I’m most happy about the no booze and no sugar.

The biggest win for me was about forming new habits. There are a lot of two-week cleanses or 10-day challenges, and for me, I knew I needed to do a full 30 days. I feel like anyone could do anything for 30 days, and I needed to commit to it ¡ª all or nothing. No point to skimp here or there ¡ª might as well do it all the way. Besides a few little hiccups, or not being able to control what my food was cooked in or when I ate out, I was as strict as could be.

What I learned:Clean food can be good. I scoured Instagram, Pinterest, magazines, etc. to find delicious recipes that were clean eating/Paleo-inspired, and when I cooked for people, they all enjoyed it. It wasn’t like I was limiting myself from all good food, because whole and healthy food is good too, banishing the misconception that you have to eat bland food to eat clean.I cooked a lot more. I love cooking, so that was great to get back to. Especially in the Winter, I’ve gotten into habits being so tired after work or working out, so we would resort to takeout or throwaway meals, because it was easy (frozen pizza anyone)? Not only does it save money, but it’s also good to cook together and find that balance of being creative in the kitchen.I slept better. I don’t sleep well even with a few drinks, so I slept really well the last 30 days.I felt very clear. I think it’s largely to do with gluten, but I generally didn’t feel foggy. Your food and diet have such a big impact on this.Self-control is an amazing thing. I felt powerful and loved knowing that I didn’t “need” anything and that I’m not addicted to anything. It’s a good feeling to be able to say no and put my foot down, and that’s that.Muscle weighs more than fat ¡ª go by how you feel. The point is to feel good. I don’t own a scale, and with all the heavy lifting I do at CrossFit, my weight doesn’t really reflect what I look like (or feel like). I did weigh myself near the end of the challenge at a doctor’s appointment, and I was let down to realize I weighed the same as I remembered, perhaps even more. After talking myself off a ledge, I reminded myself that I feel good and fit into clothes far better than before. I also measured inches before and after, and lost a total of 7.5 inches (waist, bust, thighs), which is where it really matters for me. In my waist alone, I am down 3.5 inches.This particular challenge eliminated not only sugar but also healthy ones like honey, for instance, so because this challenge is so strict, it isn’t really that sustainable. I still want to have the flexibility to go out and enjoy with friends, but I think I’ve swung the pendulum back. I think, for most of the time, I will eat clean and, for a smaller percentage, eat when I feel good and right without being stressed. Now that I saw that I can do it and that I feel better overall, I’m apt to try it more often than not.If you set your mind to it, you can do it. The biggest fear I had, was that I would fail and that I wasn’t strong enough. That I’m just that fat kid who wants to eat a bag of cookies and can’t restrain myself (parts of this may always be true because I truly love food). I held off on similar challenges at my own CrossFit gym because of the pressure and I felt too overwhelmed. Finally with other co-workers doing this with me and feeling stuffed from the holidays, I decided to take the leap. It’s a huge resurgence for me to remember that my physical and mental toughness is strong. I did have a few freak-outs during the 30-day period, I’ll admit that, and there were times where I had to forgo social outings. I missed certain foods a lot or watched everyone indulge in cheese and wine while I chugged soda water, but it was worth it. And I made it. Unscathed even!

Although today is the last day, I’m not rushing off to get a bottle of wine and I will keep cooking more and probably eating like I have for the last 30 days (with some windows for fun). For now, I’m going to give myself a hug and relax a little though. ‘Cause, I did it!

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jae Payne

Feeling Overstuffed and Bloated? Here’s How to Get Relief From Your Food Hangover

When there’s such a delicious (and elaborate) meal on the table, it’s easy to go overboard during the holidays. Whether it’s a salt binge, too many sweets, or a combination of the two, don’t resign yourself to feeling uncomfortable all day long. These tips will help you feel better sooner.

Start chugging (water, that is): Be sure to hydrate before bed and have a full cup of water ready to drink as soon as you wake up. Former Canyon Ranch director and group fitness expert Aimee Nicotera also recommends drinking two to three liters of water throughout the day. It may feel counterintuitive to drink a lot of anything when you’re feeling full, but you’ll start feeling better immediately.

Freshen up: Aimee suggests starting out the morning with a hot shower, so there’s no time to sit around and succumb to that “blah state.” Taking the initiative ASAP will make everything else feel easier. Once you’re all cleaned up, don’t just reach for any old outfit; choose clothing that makes you feel confident and comfortable. “Feeling better mentally is an important part of feeling better physically,” says Aimee.

Fill up with morning fiber: One of the worst things you can do after overindulging is skip out on breakfast the next day and mess with your metabolism. Instead, enjoy a filling breakfast like a cup of oatmeal or bowl of high-fiber cereal. A breakfast that’s full of fiber will support healthy digestion and keep your stomach satisfied throughout the morning. This way, you won’t be ravenous for a huge lunch or snack on whatever’s in sight and stay stuck in the cycle.

Stretch and twist: According to yoga teacher Tara Stiles, it’s plain and simple: “Twists just get things moving.” After a big meal, get things moving with a fire-building yoga sequence full of twists that support digestion and release toxins. If you don’t have time for a full sequence, take two minutes to move through a handful of yoga poses for digestion ¡ª especially that Reclining Twist!

Get in some cardio: Even if you’re feeling bloated and sluggish, hitting up a quality cardio session to sweat things out is some of your best defense against the dreaded food hangover. Whether you head to your favorite cardio class or spend 30 minutes on the treadmill, you’ll feel 10 times better after a little exercise.

Keep your meals clean: You don’t have to go overboard with a liquid diet or crazy detox, but do your best to eat clean all day long. Reach for balanced, light meals full of fresh seasonal produce and whole grains. Steer clear of processed foods and too much sugar or salt ¡ª your body will thank you later.

Let it be: After you’ve had a fun night out, don’t be unkind to yourself. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a festive meal freely, so don’t allow negative self-talk to take over. The best thing you can do is move forward with a positive attitude and happy memories of your fun.

Related: A Spicy Ginger Smoothie to Help You Detox

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Benjamin Stone

Feeling Overstuffed and Bloated? Here’s How to Get Relief From Your Food Hangover

When there’s such a delicious (and elaborate) meal on the table| it’s easy to go overboard during the holidays. Whether it’s a salt binge| too many sweets| or a combination of the two| don’t resign yourself to feeling uncomfortable all day long. These tips will help you feel better sooner.

Start chugging (water| that is): Be sure to hydrate before bed and have a full cup of water ready to drink as soon as you wake up. Former Canyon Ranch director and group fitness expert Aimee Nicotera also recommends drinking two to three liters of water throughout the day. It may feel counterintuitive to drink a lot of anything when you’re feeling full| but you’ll start feeling better immediately.

Freshen up: Aimee suggests starting out the morning with a hot shower| so there’s no time to sit around and succumb to that “blah state.” Taking the initiative ASAP will make everything else feel easier. Once you’re all cleaned up| don’t just reach for any old outfit; choose clothing that makes you feel confident and comfortable. “Feeling better mentally is an important part of feeling better physically|” says Aimee.

Fill up with morning fiber: One of the worst things you can do after overindulging is skip out on breakfast the next day and mess with your metabolism. Instead| enjoy a filling breakfast like a cup of oatmeal or bowl of high-fiber cereal. A breakfast that’s full of fiber will support healthy digestion and keep your stomach satisfied throughout the morning. This way| you won’t be ravenous for a huge lunch or snack on whatever’s in sight and stay stuck in the cycle.

Stretch and twist: According to yoga teacher Tara Stiles| it’s plain and simple: “Twists just get things moving.” After a big meal| get things moving with a fire-building yoga sequence full of twists that support digestion and release toxins. If you don’t have time for a full sequence| take two minutes to move through a handful of yoga poses for digestion especially that Reclining Twist!

Get in some cardio: Even if you’re feeling bloated and sluggish| hitting up a quality cardio session to sweat things out is some of your best defense against the dreaded food hangover. Whether you head to your favorite cardio class or spend 30 minutes on the treadmill| you’ll feel 10 times better after a little exercise.

Keep your meals clean: You don’t have to go overboard with a liquid diet or crazy detox| but do your best to eat clean all day long. Reach for balanced| light meals full of fresh seasonal produce and whole grains. Steer clear of processed foods and too much sugar or salt your body will thank you later.

Let it be: After you’ve had a fun night out| don’t be unkind to yourself. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a festive meal freely| so don’t allow negative self-talk to take over. The best thing you can do is move forward with a positive attitude and happy memories of your fun.

Related: A Spicy Ginger Smoothie to Help You Detox

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Benjamin Stone

4 Surprising Reasons to Drink Hot Water With Lemon Every Morning

Trying to cut coffee out of your morning? A cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice is an ideal alternative that many nutritionists drink every day ¡ª and it’s not just because of its tangy flavor! Here are four compelling reasons to make this quick concoction part of your morning ritual.

Related: 10 Healthy Reasons to Start Squeezing Lemons

    It helps you detox every day: While lemons may seem quite acidic, they’re a surprisingly good source of an alkaline food that can help balance your body’s pH; internist and doctor of integrative medicine Dr. Frank Lipman is a big proponent of a hot water with lemon habit, since the combination wakes up your liver and flushes out nasty toxins. It wakes up your digestive tract: This simple yet powerful beverage stimulates your gastrointestinal tract ¡ª improving your body’s ability to absorb nutrients all day and helping food pass through your system with ease.It supports weight loss: Lemon juice contains pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to aid in weight-loss struggles. And if you’ve been sipping on a cup of tea loaded with sugar or honey every morning, this beverage will slash calories from your daily diet.It soothes an upset tummy: When you go to bed on a full stomach, pesky heartburn or a bloated belly can get in the way of your morning. Hot water cleanses your system, while the flavonoids from lemon juice may help reduce acidity in your stomach, so you feel like yourself sooner.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Lizzie Fuhr

4 Surprising Reasons to Drink Hot Water With Lemon Every Morning

Trying to cut coffee out of your morning? A cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice is an ideal alternative that many nutritionists drink every day and it’s not just because of its tangy flavor! Here are four compelling reasons to make this quick concoction part of your morning ritual.

Related: 10 Healthy Reasons to Start Squeezing Lemons

    It helps you detox every day: While lemons may seem quite acidic| they’re a surprisingly good source of an alkaline food that can help balance your body’s pH; internist and doctor of integrative medicine Dr. Frank Lipman is a big proponent of a hot water with lemon habit| since the combination wakes up your liver and flushes out nasty toxins. It wakes up your digestive tract: This simple yet powerful beverage stimulates your gastrointestinal tract improving your body’s ability to absorb nutrients all day and helping food pass through your system with ease.It supports weight loss: Lemon juice contains pectin| a soluble fiber that has been shown to aid in weight-loss struggles. And if you’ve been sipping on a cup of tea loaded with sugar or honey every morning| this beverage will slash calories from your daily diet.It soothes an upset tummy: When you go to bed on a full stomach| pesky heartburn or a bloated belly can get in the way of your morning. Hot water cleanses your system| while the flavonoids from lemon juice may help reduce acidity in your stomach| so you feel like yourself sooner.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Lizzie Fuhr

If You Want a Detox but Love Food, These Cleanses Are For You

If You Want a Detox but Love Food| These Cleanses Are For You

It’s inevitable. Come January| someone around you is extolling the benefits of a juice cleanse. And since you went overboard during the holidays and show no signs of stopping| you start to think that a major detox is exactly what your body needs. Before you believe that your body is working in overdrive digesting all that food| it’s important to note that the proven benefits from juice cleansing are still murky. Here’s what we do know: fiber is a good thing| and so is protein| but these are the nutrients most cleanses leave out.

If you’re playing with the idea of a cleanse but don’t want to commit to a juicing-only lifestyle| there are more and more companies here for you. All these cleanses leave the fiber and protein in and get rid of all the crap| and some even reward you with a dessert!

| Daily Harvest

While not marketed as such| Daily Harvest ($48 for six smoothies) is the perfect way to try a smoothie cleanse. Each of its smoothie cups comes packed with whole organic produce| nut butters| and other nutritional powerhouses like chia seeds| flax| and cacao u2014 all you have to do is add the water| almond milk| or coconut milk and blend away! With over 14 blends to choose from| there’s bound to be something for everyone| and the prep is beyond simple. Full of fiber| protein| and other good-for-you nutrients| the Daily Harvest smoothies are a perfect way to give your body a reset.

| The Splendid Spoon Soup Cleanse

A popular complaint among those on a juice cleanse is how much they miss eating. It’s an important ritual u2014 the act of carving out time to sit down and enjoy the food in front you. The ingredients known to detoxify the body.

| The Ra-Ra From Can Can Cleanse

For juice-aholics or those who can’t imagine a cleanse without any cold-pressed goodness| soups and salads.

| LuliTonix

Though you still subsist on six bottles of liquid a day| LuliTonix ($180 for a three-day cleanse) is no juice cleanse. Instead| think of LuliTonix as some of the best blended drinks you’ll ever have. Unlike the vast majority of bottled smoothies you’ll find in stores| LuliTonix blends are not brimming with sugar but contain tons of leafy greens| as well as good-for-you herbs and spices like mint| ginger| and cinnamon. Best of all| unlike cold-pressed juice| LuliTonix drinks contain plenty of good-for-you fiber. Its cleanse programs are also customizable should you want a minicleanse or one that is adequate enough to support an intense workout regimen.

| The Metabolism Kit From Urban Remedy

Deprived is the last thing you’ll feel if you choose The Metabolism Kit ($235 for a three-day cleanse) from Urban Remedy. You’ll be sent snacks| teas| cold-pressed juices| coffee| and meals for both lunch and dinner. All are made from organic and low-glycemic ingredients that are known to help boost the body’s metabolism. It’s the perfect choice when you’re looking to detox or jump-start weight-loss goals.

| Soupure

Like the Splendid Spoon| healing (and on-trend) bone broth| though a vegan option is also available.

| Raw Cooler From Cooler Cleanse

Have your cleanse and eat cake| too! The Raw Cooler ($72 for one day) from Cooler Cleanse consists of three cold-pressed juices and also a raw-food snack| meal| and dessert (apple pie| tarts| and pudding are just a few of the dessert offerings).

| Real Food Works Detox Soup Cleanse

Watch out| juice u2014 it looks like soup cleanses are taking over the detox scene! The Real Food Works Detox Soup Cleanse ($68 for a one-day cleanse) consists of six gluten-| soy-| and nut-free soups that are full of fiber and low in sugar.

| The Yoga For Bad People Cleanse From Juice Press

Coffee-lovers| rejoice! This 1|200-calorie cleanse from Juice Press ($48 for a one-day cleanse) does not ask you to sacrifice your caffeine habit| which is a given in almost every other cleanse out there. Instead| you get to enjoy a cold-brewed almond latte alongside three cold-pressed juices and a marinated kale salad. If this program doesn’t appeal to you| try Juice Press soup cleanse or 1/2 Day Cleanse instead.

Overindulged? Here’s the Best Way to Detox

Overindulged? Here’s the Best Way to Detox

Forget what you think you know about detoxing: juice-only diets, colonics, and herbal supplements are not the healthiest ways to cleanse the body. But after a period of overindulging, feeling lighter is what many of us crave. Instead of going to extreme measures, opt for these five natural ways to detox the body to feel healthier, more energized, and focused!

| Relax and Restore

Doing a detox isn’t just about food u2014 you also want to rejuvenate your body in other ways. Since a good night’s rest is essential to repair and restore the body, make sure to follow these tips for getting quality sleep. Once you’re up, engage in practices that will help you feel calm, loose, and centered like meditation or these restorative yoga poses.

| Eliminate the Junk

First things first: remove certain foods from your diet u2014u00a0namely, the junk. After eliminating processed foods, refined carbs, and sugar, you’ll have more energy through the day, and you can kiss that afternoon slump goodbye. Take an elimination diet a step further by cutting out gluten, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol for two weeks. While the first few days may feel painful, in no time at all, you’ll be feeling less bloated and more clearheaded. Here are five reasons why an elimination diet can work for you.

| Get Active

To get your body on track, make sure that you’re up and moving. Regular exercise has a myriad of benefits that go beyond weight loss: it increases energy, boots your mood, improves thinking, and helps prevent disease. After a period of lethargy and/or overindulgence, exercise is one of the best ways to give yourself a makeover.

| Eat Clean, Whole, and Fresh

Now that you’ve removed the junk from your diet, focus on eating good-for-you healthy foods: think whole, fresh, organic, and all-natural. Stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and grass-fed, organic proteins. Unlike processed foods, you’ll find that all-natural food is more nutrient-dense and free of preservatives and chemicals, which only spells happiness for your body. Shop the perimeter of your grocery store, and strive to make your plate look as colorful as possible: eating a rainbow of foods ensures you’re getting a variety of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Don’t forget to eat these foods with natural detoxing properties.

| Hydrate the Right Way

The cornerstone to any good detox is water u2014u00a0lots of water. Staying hydrated helps prevent constipation and also wakes up your digestive system and liver, which is key to ridding the body of waste and toxins. If you want to add a little variety to the mix, try one of these detoxing drinks.

Overindulged? Here’s the Best Way to Detox

Overindulged? Here’s the Best Way to Detox

Forget what you think you know about detoxing: juice-only diets| colonics| and herbal supplements are not the healthiest ways to cleanse the body. But after a period of overindulging| feeling lighter is what many of us crave. Instead of going to extreme measures| opt for these five natural ways to detox the body to feel healthier| more energized| and focused!

| Relax and Restore

Doing a detox isn’t just about food u2014 you also want to rejuvenate your body in other ways. Since a good night’s rest is essential to repair and restore the body| make sure to follow these tips for getting quality sleep. Once you’re up| engage in practices that will help you feel calm| loose| and centered like meditation or these restorative yoga poses.

| Eliminate the Junk

First things first: remove certain foods from your diet u2014u00a0namely| the junk. After eliminating processed foods| refined carbs| and sugar| you’ll have more energy through the day| and you can kiss that afternoon slump goodbye. Take an elimination diet a step further by cutting out gluten| dairy| caffeine| and alcohol for two weeks. While the first few days may feel painful| in no time at all| you’ll be feeling less bloated and more clearheaded. Here are five reasons why an elimination diet can work for you.

| Get Active

To get your body on track| make sure that you’re up and moving. Regular exercise has a myriad of benefits that go beyond weight loss: it increases energy| boots your mood| improves thinking| and helps prevent disease. After a period of lethargy and/or overindulgence| exercise is one of the best ways to give yourself a makeover.

| Eat Clean| Whole| and Fresh

Now that you’ve removed the junk from your diet| focus on eating good-for-you healthy foods: think whole| fresh| organic| and all-natural. Stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and veggies| whole grains| legumes| nuts and seeds| and grass-fed| organic proteins. Unlike processed foods| you’ll find that all-natural food is more nutrient-dense and free of preservatives and chemicals| which only spells happiness for your body. Shop the perimeter of your grocery store| and strive to make your plate look as colorful as possible: eating a rainbow of foods ensures you’re getting a variety of vitamins| antioxidants| and minerals. Don’t forget to eat these foods with natural detoxing properties.

| Hydrate the Right Way

The cornerstone to any good detox is water u2014u00a0lots of water. Staying hydrated helps prevent constipation and also wakes up your digestive system and liver| which is key to ridding the body of waste and toxins. If you want to add a little variety to the mix| try one of these detoxing drinks.