How To Reset Your Body After Thanksgiving

How To Reset Your Body After Thanksgiving

Piling our plate with turkey, stuffing, and sweet potato casserole isn’t something we do on a regular basis (sadly).

Because of this, our bodies can be a little out of whack after the Thanksgiving holiday.

You might be tempted to swear off food for the week following the holiday, but you’re actually much better off following our reset tips below.

It’s important to balance your blood sugar and naturally support your body’s detox capabilities.

The major culprits behind your post turkey hangover are sugar, refined carbohydrates, and a few extra toxins that your liver has to work to get out of the body. That’s why our mini holiday reset focuses on balancing your blood sugar and naturally supporting your body’s detox capabilities.

For the next three days focus on these four areas:

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Don’t skimp on sleep.

One of the best things you can do for yourself after a day of indulgence is to get enough sleep. We do the most detoxing and hormone restoration when we are sleeping (especially between 10pm and 6am). Aim for eight hours for at least three nights after the holiday to reset your system.

Tips for restful sleep

  • Avoid electronics 30-60 minutes before bed

  • Create a bedtime routine — even if it’s just five or ten minutes — it will help teach your brain that it’s time to sleep

  • Avoid caffeine later in the day

  • Stick to a consistent sleep schedule

  • Sleep in a cool room (65 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Block out light in your bedroom

  • Stop eating two hours before bed

  • Consider trying these supplements:

    • Magnesium

    • Herbs such as valerian root, passion flower, L-theanine

    • Reishi mushrooms

Give your morning a boost.

We wake up dehydrated because we haven’t had anything to drink while we’re sleeping. Because of this, it’s a good idea to start your day with 16oz of water. From there, you can boost your energy and jump start your digestion with the simple drink below.

Lemon provides vitamin C and antioxidants. Raw apple cider vinegar provides beneficial bacteria, vitamin C, and alkalizes the body (prevents it from being too acidic). Cinnamon supports blood sugar balance, and cayenne pepper helps to boost metabolism.

Metabolism boosting morning drink

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm filtered water

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 Tbsp. raw organic apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • Dash of cayenne

Instructions:

Blend together or shake up in a mason jar and enjoy.

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Sweat.

We get rid of toxins in several ways: through our urine, bowel movements, breathing, and sweating. Sweating helps us rid our bodies of harmful heavy metals and chemicals from plastics like BPA. It also promotes healthy skin, boosts blood flow and recovery, and reduces stress hormone levels.

You can either exercise or do something more relaxing, like spending time in a sauna. Saunas have a ton of benefits on their own, so adding this to your routine can be especially beneficial.

Prioritize balanced meals and leafy greens.

Even if you overate during Thanksgiving, you still need to eat enough even after the holiday. Your body requires certain nutrients to detoxify properly and to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

We recommend including cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, radishes, bok choy, and watercress) quality animal proteins, and healthy fats.

Examples of a Balanced Meal:

  • Palm-size serving of chicken, beef, pork, or 3 eggs

  • 1-2 handfuls of leafy greens/veggies

  • 2-3 thumbs of healthy fat such as olive/avocado/coconut oil, nuts/seeds (can be cooked in the fat and/or added)

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