A few simple tips to perk you up with more energy and help your waistline. Choosing foods high in nutrition will make you feel fresh and help you lose weight as an extra! Win win.
1. Make sure you include protein in your breakfast
Why? It will keep you fuller for longer until lunchtime reducing the likelyhood of you over snacking. You could have eggs for breakfast with brown toast – you can quickly make scrambled egg in the microwave. A bit of smoked salmon is also a good option…but I couldn’t afford to have it everyday…I normally have 0% fat plain greek yogurt (Total) as it has the largest protein content with some cinnamon, fruit and flaxseed mix. It is quite sour so buy the 2% if you prefer, it’s still low in fat. These make much better alternatives to cereals and sweet toasts. Don’t fall for some fruit flavoured yogurts as they are full of sugar and especially jam and granola pots. Always check the nutrition content!
2. Drink alkaline water to stay hydrated
Squeeze some lemon juice or lime into your water, this turns the water alkaline which helps to keep illness at bay. It restores bright eyes and skin with an added dose of vitamin C and cleanses your liver by flushing impurities out of your system. Keep a routine of waking up in the morning and having a hot or cold glass of alkaline water first thing.
3. Eat soup!
The day after a night out, I want nothing more than a big greasy burger from McDonald’s and stuff my mouth with chippies! But if you want to be nice to your body after it’s been intoxicated, get yourself some non- creamy vegetable-based soups (without dairy – some supermarket soups contain a large amount of cream which makes them unhealthy). This will rehydrate you and restore the electrolytes that can be lost after drinking lots of alcohol.
4. Be like Popeye and eat leafy greens everyday
There are lots of greens that you can include in your diet such as collard greens, spinach, watercress and kale to name a few! They aid with digestion, are big sources of vitamins and minerals, contain phyto-chemicals sulforaphane & indoles, which both help to prevent cancer and they are good for circulatory system. The list is endless. After a big night of drinking and/or junk food, maybe try and eat watercress or brocoli soup the day after to restore the essential vitamins and minerals you lost. Or include it as options for lunch during the week and see how you feel.