Happy Monday– or maybe not?!
If the weekend was full of Christmas parties and you’re feeling a bit rough this morning, I’ve got just the thing for you!
Last week we chatted about finding balance during the season of indulgence and I shared my deliciously healthy menu What to Eat Before You Party. Today I want to help you get back on track after the holiday feast or office Christmas party. I find that excess can be a great reminder of how good it feels to return to my healthy lifestyle. My body lets me know “that was SO uncool” with headaches, nausea, sluggishness and a whole host of unpleasant symptoms.
“Experiencing excess reminds you how good balance feels.”
What do you do to regain your balance after moments of excess? For me, getting back to a healthy routine first thing in the morning is my best chance of feeling (and looking!) better fast. My What to Eat the Day After You Party menu is designed to settle the stomach, detoxify the body and restore energy. I would love to hear your favourite (healthy!) hangover foods– let’s not talk about salty chips (fries) which I totally crave too!
Breakfast: Whole Grain Toast with Avocado and Scrambled Egg
This is a tricky one. I usually wake up absolutely starving the day after I party. You may be feeling a bit nauseous? I find a real breakfast settles the stomach and balances out my haywire blood sugar. A piece of whole grain bread with slices of avocado and a scrambled egg makes me feel back to my healthy self and gives me the energy to face the day. If you’ve got any fresh herbs in the fridge sprinkle those over too for extra points.
Lunch: Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup
You may still be on shaky ground come lunchtime, so go for something light, like my recipe for Chicken Soup Noodle. This Asian style broth and noodle bowl is hydrating, detoxifying and nourishing. It’s easy on the tummy and will keep your energy levels up through the afternoon. Pack it for lunch at work, just keep the broth separate so the ingredients don’t get mushy. Reheat the broth and pour it over the noodles and vegetables. This recipe uses buckwheat noodles so it’s gluten free!
Dinner: Winter Salad with Grapefruit and Seared Scallops
By dinner you should be feeling much better and a light, refreshing salad will end your day on a high note. For me, scallops are a special treat. I love their sweet flavour with a hint of ocean. It only takes a couple minutes to sear them and they develop the most delicious caramelised crust. My recipe for Winter Salad with Grapefruit and Seared Scallops is quick and simple, yet it feels elegant and tastes amazing. Sliced fennel and grapefruit are refreshing alongside rich scallops and briny black olives. Don’t eat shellfish? This recipe would be lovely with halibut or your favourite white fish.
The only thing left to do is get to bed early for a good night’s sleep and you’ll be back to your fabulous self tomorrow!
What do you do to regain balance after you party? I would love to know…