The holiday season: so many great gatherings with friends and family, so many blech mornings thanks to rich food and generously poured wine. When I wake up feeling less than 100 percent, I like to course-correct with a one-day detox; it restores the body and helps to stop holiday weight gain before it starts. Nothing complicated — just lots of liquids to combat dehydration, some protein to curb cravings, and a star roster of antioxidant-rich vegetables that fight allover blahness.More
Get ready to hydrate like crazy today. Start your morning right with a view of the sunrise and a glass of warm water flavored with a squeeze of fresh lemon. This ayurvedic ritual is meant to get your digestive tract moving. As a side perk it helps to combat dehydration, which can cause pesky hangover headaches. Plus, I've found that people sometimes confuse thirst and hunger – not a good thing if you've got last night's Christmas cookies on the brain. For me, the citrusy lemon drink also acts as a palate cleanser: It cuts into my cravings and sets the tone for the day.
Have another glass of water, then eat breakfast. I go for plain 2% Greek yogurt topped with berries for a few reasons. First, it brings a dose of satisfying protein, which is key today. (Protein helps make you feel full, which makes you less inclined to lunge for junky stuff.) Yogurt also has potassium, which fights dehydration, and probiotics, which battle bloat. As for the berries, their fiber keeps things moving, digestively speaking.