Feeling icky after all that holiday indulgence?

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I'm a pretty health-conscious person, and normally I stick to my healthy eating and drinking, even during the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year's Eve parties...but this year, I kinda came off the rails. It's not good, y'all. My clothes aren't fitting as well, my face got puffy, and even my wedding ring started feeling a little tight. Not to mention the fact that I was tired all the time, even though I had been lazing around like a bum all week. UGH! 

Last week, I started exercising again, and drinking more water...and I'm already feeling MUCH better! If you're in the same boat as me and trying to get back on track, here are some pro tips for getting back to normal after all of the holiday over-indulgences. Did you drink too much? Have too many sweet treats? Here's help:

1.  Eating too much sugar.  One day of inhaling sweets isn't going to hurt too much, but going nuts for the entire month of December isn't good. The best thing you can do after over-indulging in sugary foods is to go for a walk to burn off the extra calories.  And the more sweets you ate, the longer you should walk.   

2.  Eating too much salt.  Too much sodium can cause bloating and make your heart work harder than it needs to.  So if you overdo it on salt, drink more water than usual and cut your sodium intake the next day, to help your body normalize. 

 3.  Too many cocktails.  Dehydration is one of the main factors of a hangover, so try to drink at LEAST a glass of water or sports drink before you go to bed, to help replace lost electrolytes and normalize blood sugar.  And the next morning, eat an asparagus omelet for breakfast, since certain nutrients in asparagus and eggs might help with hangovers.

  4.  Family overload.  If being around family gets to be too much, try to find opportunities for alone time.  Like offering to go to the store for a forgotten ingredient or picking up coffee.  

5.  Disrupted sleep.  Eating and drinking too much, going to holiday parties that don't end until late, and sleeping at a relative's house can all mess with your sleep. The best thing you can do is wake up at your normal time, even if you were out late or tossed and turned all night.  Otherwise you risk getting in a cycle of bad sleeping habits.  And since both Christmas and New Year's fall on Tuesdays this year, you don't have much time to recuperate before heading back to work.   

[NBC News]

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