Getting back into the swing of things after a long weekend can be hard — especially if your diet fell to the wayside like mine did. This weekend, if you overindulged on barbecue, tried too many culinary specialties, or went overboard on the beer, don't fret too much. Instead, get back on track with a healthy diet and a workout routine.
When it comes to food, try detoxing the natural way. Stay away from processed junk and choose a diet of fresh, whole foods instead. Try cutting back on sugar too. Whenever I come back from an indulgent vacation, I try to incorporate foods that cleanse the body naturally. If you're feeling icky, bloated, and too full from this weekend's diet, make one of these recipes tonight — each dish incorporates a food known for its detoxing abilities.
- Indian-Spiced Chard. Dark leafy greens boost chlorophyll levels in the digestive tract, which helps the body get rid of toxins. This curry uses chard as a main component. And, since whole grains help with belly bloat, serve it with whole-wheat pita.
- Roasted Beet Salad. The fiber in beets helps the body eliminate bile and other toxic substances. When making this salad, don't forget to save the beet greens — they're packed with vitamins A and C and contain iron and calcium too.
- Artichoke and Tuna Salad. Artichokes are loaded with cynarin, which helps move things smoothly through the digestive system. I love this salad — it's refreshing, full of veggies, and the tuna rounds it out with plenty of protein.