Many Americans spend all year trying to be "good" when it comes to eating healthy foods in small portions.
Then December comes around — with all its holiday get-togethers, office parties and multi-course dinner feasts. Some folks even eat two dinners on the same day, if they have a lot of family to visit.
Even though our holiday traditions may be different, many of us have one thing in common. That is, we let ourselves indulge in the foods we waited all year to enjoy.
Personally, I look most forward to my mom’s legendary broccoli salad. Many others connect with family and friends over ham, prime rib, fish, lasagna and just about everyone’s favorite: cookies.
But the day after a festive binge leaves your body devastated, your mind foggy, and your overall psyche lethargic.
For some, these negative consequences of enjoying all your favorite foods can last for days or even weeks — long after the leftovers are gone.
But you don’t need to let the holidays ruin your health or your sense of well-being.
Today, I want to show you in three easy steps how you can fully "recover" from this year’s holiday feast, and set you on the right track for a happy and healthy new year.
Step 1: Detoxify with Activated Charcoal
Santa Claus may supposedly give coal to naughty children. But charcoal may be something to put on your post-holiday wish list.
Used for over 10,000 years, activated charcoal is one of the world’s oldest detoxing remedies. For centuries, charcoal has been used in Chinese, Ayurvedic (Indian) and Western medicine as an absorbent agent to many poisons and intestinal issues.
Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent material. It has millions of tiny pores that can capture, bind and remove up to 100 times the charcoal’s own weight in toxins.
The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged unwanted toxins and gas so they can easily leave the body.
Taking 1 to 2 grams of activated charcoal immediately after a big meal can help you absorb the least amount of toxins possible and minimize the damage done on the body.
It’s important to use this activated charcoal separately from any medication or other supplements. That’s because, along with toxins, the charcoal will also absorb vitamins taken at the same time.
If this solution interests you, we suggest looking into Activated Charcoal from the brand Bulletproof, which is 100% made from coconut shells.
The ultra-fine and highly purified Upgraded Coconut Charcoal uses acid washing, a more-expensive extra step that removes toxic heavy metals that are prevalent in many preparations of charcoal. This added step results in charcoal with the most surface area to create maximum adsorption.
Santa Claus may supposedly give coal to naughty children. But charcoal in capsule form may be something to put on your wish list.
There are a couple more ways to help combat the beastly aftereffects of a feast …
Step 2: Intermittent Fasting
The second step after a big day of eating is to give your body a break. And that means to NOT eat immediately the following day — even if your food choice would be a healthy one.
Ideally, a full 24-hour fast could be most beneficial. But most people have very little to no experience with fasting. That’s OK, because even a 16-hour fast can provide many of the same benefits.
This means no food — only water and non-caloric drinks (yes, coffee is allowed) — for 16 hours after the last bite.
Fasting gives your digestive system a much-needed break after being bombarded with an abnormal amount of food and drinks.
During a fast, your liver and kidneys discrete all the toxins … and toxins bound to the activated charcoal previously ingested the night/day before.
This may make you feel like you’re experiencing a "food hangover" for the first part of the fast. But as your body rids itself of the toxins, you’ll feel much better than if you would have continued to eat and put stress on the digestive system.
Think of this step as a mini "reset" for your body.
Step 3: Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated may seem simple, but it shouldn’t be overlooked in importance when recovering from your holiday feast.
For the average adult, parties and other holiday meals involve alcohol. The amounts can range from very little to very much.
This in and of itself pleads the case for placing an extra emphasis on hydration the following day.
Even if alcohol isn’t consumed in large quantities, water is usually ignored during holiday meals and get-togethers — leaving the body dehydrated.
Water carries nutrients to our cells, aids digestion by forming stomach secretions, flushes our bodies of waste, and keeps our kidneys healthy.
It keeps our moisture-rich organs (our skin, eyes, mouth and nose) functioning well, it lubricates and cushions our joints, and it regulates our body temperature and our metabolism.
Hydrating with purified water after a day of feasting is crucial to all these bodily functions, and it will have you feeling significantly better.
Keep these tips handy for New Year’s Day, too. Whether you enjoy black-eyed peas, sauerkraut and pork, or that "good" bottle of champagne you’ve been saving for a special occasion, go ahead and enjoy your favorite "good luck" treats.
And to create a good feeling the next day — or any day that indulging happens to turn into overindulging — these three easy steps offer the fastest and easiest way to recover.
Happy and healthy investing,