How to regain weight and detoxify after a binge? Here are the best detox foods to get your figure back.
What To Eat The Day After A Binge?
What to do after a day off? The instinctive reaction in the days immediately following the big binges is to fast, thinking this is the most correct way to compensate for the damage done. Fasting or great sacrifices are never the best choice in these cases: to dispose of food excesses, in fact, it is sufficient to focus on light and detoxifying foods, giving up what our gluttony has tried and won.
To begin with, therefore, let’s move away from the table and the pantry the elaborate and very fatty foods, cold cuts, sweets, cheeses, fries, carbonated and alcoholic drinks, we reduce the amount of carbohydrates (of which we will have made buys) and orient ourselves on these foods with purifying “power”.
The Best Fruit After A Binge
The fruit provides a good part of the nutrients the body needs every day. Vitamins and mineral salts (whose combined action has an excellent antioxidative effect, effectively fighting free radicals), water, fiber, a certain percentage of proteins: this is why at least a couple of portions of fruit should never be lacking every day.
After a period of binges, we therefore focus on seasonal fruit, consuming it perhaps already in the morning for breakfast to get the most out of all the benefits.
- Apples: They are almost totally fat-free, they regulate blood sugar so they are very suitable for those who need to control blood sugar levels, they are also alkaline and help buffer the acidity accumulated by excess food.
- Oranges: They are a mix of vitamins C and B (specifically, 1, 2, 3 and 5), have remarkable anti-anemic and antioxidant properties.
- Pears: In addition to vitamins, they have high amounts of fiber that help intestinal regularity.
- Kiwis: They have even greater quantities of vitamin C than oranges, making them very useful tools in strengthening the immune system and in antioxidant action.
The Most Suitable Post-Binge Vegetables
As with fruit, vegetables are also an excellent source of vitamins, mineral salts and fiber, as well as water. All this makes vegetables important for the good functioning of the intestine, to facilitate diuresis and to help purify the liver. Let’s see some of them specifically.
- Lettuce: Low-calorie, rich in fiber, mineral salts and vitamins, it benefits the whole body: it reduces the production of intestinal gas and facilitates digestion, has hypoglycemic effects, fights free radicals and has calming and mildly sedative properties.
- Fennel: It is known above all for its digestive capacity, avoiding the formation of intestinal gas and painful abdominal spasms, but not only: the purifying properties of both the blood and the liver are also important.
- Pumpkin: Few calories, lots of water and fiber and a lot of taste: pumpkin, available in various cooking methods and recipes, has excellent detoxifying and diuretic abilities that facilitate the removal of toxins accumulated in the previous days. Vitamins and mineral salts are always excellent allies for the whole organism.
- Artichokes: They are the main protective foods of the liver, promote diuresis and bile secretion, and stimulate the elimination of toxins in the best possible way, especially when they are consumed in the form of an infusion, obtained from the leaves left to rest in boiling water for several minutes.
Cereals: Which Ones To Choose After A Big Meal?
The whole cereal grains are packed in fiber and micronutrients that perform numerous tasks: reduce inflammation, stimulate the immune system, protect cells from free radicals and improve bowel function, just to name a few. For this reason, it would be a good idea to bring at least one portion to the table every day, preferring it to refined carbohydrates and white flours. Among them, we mention:
- Brown Rice: It is highly digestible, refreshing, detoxifying, it does not tire the stomach so it is excellent after party binges. It is low in glycemic content and contains many minerals, B vitamins and important amino acids. The absence of gluten makes it edible for celiacs and helps not to cause abdominal swelling for those who are not.
- Millet: It is diuretic, energizing, suitable in case of stress, physical fatigue and anemia. Very rich in mineral salts, proteins and unsaturated fatty acids; also in this case, the absence of gluten counts it among the key foods of the celiac menu.
- Spelled: Low in fat, but rich in vitamins (especially group B) and mineral salts, spelled is also particularly suitable for slimming diets. Easily digestible, and much more than both hard and soft wheat, it has a high satiating power and the high fiber content helps to counteract constipation, purify the body and “clean up” the intestine.
Legumes That Help You Get Back In Shape
They are an excellent source of protein (they have several essential amino acids) and dietary fiber, both soluble (which keep blood glucose and cholesterol levels under control) and insoluble (which regulate bowel functions). Containing a fair amount of mineral salts and vitamins, their perfect combination is that with whole grains, thus giving life to a tasty and healthy single dish, better if prepared in the following ratio: 2/3 of whole grains and 1/3 of legumes.
- Lentils: Source of proteins, complex carbohydrates, phosphorus, iron and vitamins of group B. the high quantity of fiber makes them useful against constipation, while flavonoids and niacin give it good antioxidant properties.
- Chickpeas: Rich in proteins, fibers and carbohydrates, they help regulate the intestine, while the high quantity of essential fatty acids helps to lower blood cholesterol levels, helping to prevent cardiovascular disorders. Gluten-free, they are excellent for the diet of celiacs.
- Beans: Very nutritious, rich in vitamins (A, group B, C and E), mineral salts, trace minerals ( potassium, iron, zinc, calcium) and fiber.
Vegetable soups and purees are valid and excellent ways of introducing such foods. Furthermore, as part of a purifying and detox dietary regime, one must never forget to give ample space to water: a liter and a half or two liters a day of low mineral content water, preferably at room temperature, stimulate diuresis and contribute to eliminate toxins from the body.
A good idea may be to start the day with a glass of water to which the juice of half a lemon has been added, on an empty stomach.
In addition, herbal teas are also excellent, especially those based on fennel seeds, dandelion root, birch and nettle, to be consumed two or three times a day.