Yesterday daughter and I recently had a girls’ day out and that included her picking a restaurant for us to eat at. Â She ordered one of her fave appetizers…chips and gringo (cheesy with veggies) dip. Unfortunately, cheese is my weakness and I LOVE this dip. Â But of course there’s nothing healthy about it including the tiny veggies that are mixed in. Â To make matters worse, the dip comes with greasy tortilla chips. Â But…I ate it with my daughter anyway…and I enjoyed it! Â And with the 4th of July festivities we have planned for tomorrow while I’m not planning to eat too bad I’m sure I’ll consume at least a couple of “adult beverages” and maybe indulge in a couple of not-so-healthy treats. Â Â And guess what…I don’t feel bad because I know how to bounce back from eating bad food. Â Here are 5 ways you can do the same.
1) Drink lots of water
It’s recommended that people should drink at least half their body weight in ounces in water everyday. Â But after eating bad food it’s a good idea to drink even more. Â Water helps flush out toxins to rid the body of waste. Â It also helps with breaking down fat cells and increases the rate of burning fat.
2) Eat light the rest of the day
If I know way ahead of time that I’ll be eating out then I make sure all of my other meals are light…along with drinking plenty ofwater. This helps to make room for the larger amount of calories I take in when eating the bad food that day.
3) Only eat halfÂ
Only eat half of your meal and save the rest for later….or less than half if it doesn’t leave you feeling hungry. Â This leads into my next tip.
4) Eat something healthy first so you are less hungry.
I always like to eat a salad before I eat bad food (a good, healthy salad and not one drenched in fatty dressing). Â This way, I’m not as hungry and more likely will not eat too much of the bad food.
5) Prepare your body!
So if know you are likely to indulge in some not-so-healthy foods/drinks then you can at least prepare your body ahead of time. If I know I have something coming up where I may not eat totally clean, for example, then I may do a really good workout the day or even a few hours before the event. Â Also as mentioned above I eat light for the remainder of the day. Â These things combined always help because I’m able to burn extra calories ahead of time.
A simple Google search proves that there are all types of ways to detox these days. Â You can juice, eat all fruits and veggies, mix drinks with various spices, or just purchase a commercialized detox program. Â The ones I’ve seen typically last anywhere from 3-7 days. I’m actually considering doing a 3-day detox myself after this 4th of July weekend.
7) Go harder with the workout!
Had to save the best for last….go harder & more intense with with workouts! Â After eating bad I typically like to go for a run, do aÂ HIIT workout, or just anything considered high intensity cardio. Â This helps to quickly burn some of those calories I took in from the bad food. Â Additionally, Â sweating is beneficial in healthy weight loss.
I am a self-proclaimed fitness freak..fitness is my passion. Â I’m all about eating clean and getting my calorie-burning or body-toning workouts in. Â But there are times (few and far in between) when I don’t eat clean and I think this is OK. Â As long as I know how to get back on track with my fitness regimen then I know that bad food I ate at the restaurant is not going to hurt me much. Â It’s all about moderation and doing what needs to be done to make up for it. Everyone is different but this has certainly worked for me…and I’m pretty sure at least one of these will work for you, too. Â Now you can really enjoy your 4th of July weekend knowing that you can bounce back from all that bad eating and drinking you may be planning to do! 😉