Between BBQs and happy hours, pool parties and beach days, summer can be the most FUN and social time of the year. I know I've been out and about more than usual the past few weeks, enjoying the energy that longer days and warmer nights offer us.
However, sometimes we find ourselves having had a little too much fun, either one too many cocktails or meals out, and feeling blah in our bodies. At this point we have a choice - we can continue down the path of not-feeling-so-great, or we can hit the reset button and find our way back to our foundation of healthy basics.
Here's what I do when I feel I need a gentle reset. It's not a juice cleanse or detox per se, but rather a morning routine that has me feeling lighter instantly.
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Get your drink on, with water that is. Drink a giant glass of water right when you wake up (before you reach for coffee or tea!) and continue to sip water throughout the day. Just imagine all that lovely H20 like a river flushing any ick feelings out of you. You can upgrade your water by adding either a squeeze of lemon juice (which is naturally detoxifying) or a drop of doTERRA peppermint oil (which soothes upset stomachs).
2. Sweat it out. Sweating helps move toxins through and out of your system. Moving and breathing also allows you get back in touch with your body, making it easier for you to listen to what it's asking for (go to bed earlier! eat more veggies!) instead of just continuing along the path of less-than-stellar decisions. Not feeling up to making your normal spin or hot yoga class? That's okay. Try going for an easy run with walk breaks, or just a walk - I find that fresh air is much more healing than a sweaty, smelly gym or studio. But that's just me ;)
3. Eat a protein rich breakfast. Whenever I find myself at the end of a series of not-so-great food and drink choices (yes, it happens to me too!), I tend to crave sugar and carbs. However, I know a protein-rich breakfast is what my body needs to stop the cravings and get back on track. This is my go-to recipe and I always feel so much better after taking the time to make it.
One final tip - make some time for YOU. Say NO to something, clear a few minutes on your calendar and give yourself the space to reconnect with yourself and what you know makes you feel your best, both physically and emotionally. I think you'll find that when you take the time out, whether its just 5 minutes, or a whole weekend, you're better able to enjoy everything when you do hop back into the social scene.
What do you do when you need to hit the reset button? Let me know in the comments below.