Monday Morning Reset - 3 Day Detox

by - 10:23 AM

It's Monday, and like so many weekends involving travel, social events and hectic schedules, my body feels like crap.

I'm sure you've all had the same thing happen to you after a weekend of eating out, drinking and not being as active as you may have liked. Monday morning rolls around and you feel exhausted, lethargic, bloated and the worst part - craving more salty, processed foods.

So how do you break the cycle? My answer is a quick 3 day detox. Here is what I do (and what I'm doing for the next 3 days!) to get my body back on track.

Monday Morning Detox Plan

1. Skip the Venti coffee. It's probably all you can think about rolling into the office on a Monday morning, but a quick caffeine boost is just going to make you crash later. Making it a latte - unnecessary calories. Skip the coffee altogether and opt for tea or even better - drink hot water with lemon first thing in the morning.

Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon // MindBodyGreen
This combo balances pH, aids digestion and acts as a natural diuretic to get rid of that Monday morning bloat.

2. Eat single ingredient foods. Your body is probably in shock from several days of eating over-processed foods. The "One Ingredient Diet" is a great approach used by many nutritionists and in many cleanses to help get your body back on track.

The One Ingredient Chef does a great job explaining this:

Everything you eat must start out as one whole ingredient that you can hold in your hand. Tomatoes, carrots, apples, brown rice, spinach, avocado, whole wheat, coconuts, etc. This is so simple it doesn’t even need a description. Just read the package and if it says, “Ingredients: brown rice” go for it. But if it has a list of 300 mono-sodium-whatevers, forget it.
You can then combine the ingredients to cook meals, (ie, my Awesome Avocado Salad). I do this for 3 days, minimum.

Here is a great recipe index from the One Ingredient Chef to get you started. (FGK Tip: At work? Hit up a salad bar. Opt for oil and vinegar dressing if possible).

3. Get moving. I know you are tired - do you know why? Because your body has been working overtime to process all the junk you put in it. Eating high-glycaemic index foods (breads, pastas, potatoes) sends a surge of glucose directly into your bloodstream dragging you down. Sugary foods trigger the release of tryptophan, which converts to serotonin, which signals your brain that you are tired.

So no excuses - force yourself to be active. Even if it's only a 20 minute workout, find some way to work up a sweat today and for the next 3 days. Read my tips for Getting to the Gym  >>

And lastly...

Make sure to drink tons of water. Your body is probably dehydrated in some way or another so skip the diet coke and drink at least 8 cups of water today.

That's it! I'll be in detox mode for the next 3 days, so let me know if you have any questions. I PROMISE by Thursday, you will feel like a totally new person.
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    I'm going over to find you on bloglovin so I can follow along:-)
    XO, Gina

  2. Umm I love avocado, so that salad sounds right up my street!! I hope you have a great weekend girl!

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