How to recover from an overindulgent Easter
So the deed is done. Easter is over, and you’ve woken up feeling tired and sluggish from the sugar overload of chocolate eggs. You may even be having some eater’s remorse. But don’t be too hard on yourself, you’re only human, and now is the time to get back on track with these healthy meal ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Firstly, let’s have a quick look at exactly what all that sugar does. Basically, all those chocolate Easter eggs take you on a massive addictive roller-coaster ride. After eating a sugary treat, your brain releases that feel-good hormone, dopamine, which is why chocolate makes you feel so good. After the high, your body starts digesting the glucose, your blood-sugar levels crash, and all you feel like doing is having a good lie down. Then, like any addiction, you want to stuff more chocolate into your mouth to get you out of the slump and give you another sugar hit. And so the cycle begins.
So what can you do to counteract this? Start by drinking lots of water, going for a walk and eating regular protein and fibre rich meals. Try these meal suggestions to really get your body going again.
Eating a good breakfast lays down the foundation for a healthy day. This spinach and kale green smoothie is full of high fibre leafy vegetables (which we promise you won’t even taste) and the healthy fats from the avocado will help keep you full for longer.
Keep adding fibre into your meals like beans, and complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a great source of dietary fibre, take longer to digest and help to counterbalance high blood sugar levels. This sweet potato and bean salad ticks all the boxes for lunch.
You should really be feeling the effects of your detox by now. The trick is to keep eating wholesome meals made from clean ingredients, so finish your day with this orange and soy beef noodle stir-fry with Asian greens. The orange zest is the healthiest part of the fruit, high in vitamin C and is low in sugar. The Asian greens are full of fibre and the beef is a good source of protein.
Seriously? Don’t even think about it. Go for a walk instead.