Getting Back On Track After An Unhealthy Meal

So first thing…. we’re all human. Even the fittest, healthiest, cleanest of the clean eaters sometimes give in to temptation and totally give in to a unhealthy, fattening, cheat or whatever you call it meal. Sometimes the situation, say a birthday party or catered event leaves not much as far as options for healthy clean foods. Or sometimes your mind needs a little gluttony for sanity’s sake. With whatever the situation, while fun in the moment, usually later becomes a reminder of why I avoid putting certain things into my body.
So what do you do after a few moments of temptation? There is no right or wrong answer, it’s really what works for you. This is just a few things I do to help get back on track and feeling better in no time.

1. Tea: Black, green, rooibos, peppermint, ginger, etc. Tea is packed with antioxidants, hydrating, calorie free and just all around nourishing to the body. Keep in mind black and green have a little caffeine. Ginger and peppermint are especially good choices when you might have some slight gastrointestinal issues going on as a result.

2. Miso Soup: Miso is a fermented soy paste that is made into a soup. Miso contains beneficial bacteria and enzymes for the gut, helpful for digestion. It also contains many vitamins and minerals to help replenish and refuel the body, if say, you happened to get tempted by one too many alcoholic drinks.

3. Juicing: If you have a juicer, juicing is a quick easy way to get a load of vitamins and nutrients into the body in a short amount of time. My favorite juice combinations use lots of green veggies and maybe a fruit to add some sweetness (especially if you’re new to it).
2 leaves of Kale
2 medium stalks of celery
1/2 cucumber
handful of parsley
1-2″ inch piece of ginger root
1 small lemon or small apple if you prefer a little sweeter

4. Water: Everything above including drinking lots of water helps hydrate the body and aids in the elimination of toxins. Plus being adequately hydrated keeps your metabolism working at optimal efficiency and helps fight food cravings, which hopefully will lead to no more unhealthy indulgences. Can’t stand drinking plain water? See my post on water infusions!

5. Start over: You’re only one clean meal or one workout from being back on track. Had an unhealthy lunch? Try not to continue with eating a bad dinner. You don’t have to wait till the next day, week, whatever to start over and get back on track. Starting over can happen right now.