By Shannon Farrell, Daily Makeover
We all like to go all-out for the holidays-eating cookies, cheese, casseroles-and in the days (scratch that, weeks) we spend celebrating the season, our bodies are on sugar and fat overload.
Related Article: The Photo That'll Help You Slim Down
Before you ring in the New Year (with champagne overload!), give your body this simple detox to get back to normal and ring in the new year right. No starvation or weird juice required, we promise!
Related Article: This Diet Transformed Our Skin
Skip the Coffee
Spend the next few mornings coffee free. You may think the jolt of caffeine is just the thing to get you out from under the covers, but it'll also build up carb and sugar craving for the entire day. Instead, get your caffeine fix with a cup of green tea. Just one cup helps to speed up liver activity-and after all that egg nog, you may need it!
Drink water, that is. Between the wine, hot toddies and spiked egg nog, rehydration is key. Focus on downing six to eight glasses of water daily. Add a lemon or orange slice for vitamin C to burn fat and decrease inflammation. Both your stomach and skin will thank you for it!
Get Your Fiber Fix
After over-indulging, you need to get your digestive system back on track, and fiber will do just that. Start with a high fiber breakfast, such as oatmeal or almond butter toast, to regulate the system and fill you up.
Give Your Muscles Some TLC
Feeling a little stiff? Add just five minutes of yoga stretches to your morning routine to open up. The twisting of the muscles during the various positions releases fresh blood as well as nutrients and oxygen to the muscles-all of which will help you recover faster. Got some extra time? Get in some cardio to really sweat it out.
Break Up With Sugar
Nothing helps you recover faster than a quick break-up. (But none of that "friends with benefits" stuff! Take a full-on break, Rachel and Ross-style.) To rid yourself of those sugar cravings, you need to go cold turkey. Skip the sweets and processed foods (which can pack in hidden sugars) in favor of veggies, fruit and whole grains.
Come New Year's Eve, your body will be ready for the overload, part two!