Man don’t you miss the good ol’ days when each day away from work didn’t come with any repercussions? Good thing Udaipur was more than worth it!
Along with catching up with work, I am really enjoying getting back into eating home-cooked, simple food. Raiding the dessert bar regularly, cracking open a packet of chips right before bed, and sipping glass after glass of champagne last week only left me craving fresh, wholesome food by the time we boarded our flights home on Thursday. Let’s just say that broccoli has never tasted so good ;)! Although the food at every function was exceptionally delicious, excessive eating & indulging always leave me feeling so bloated and, for lack of better term, ick.
Given the various “detox plans” and “nutrition tips” out there, the mere act of eating right has become overcomplicated to say the least. I could never live off soup, stay away from carbs like the plague, avoid mixing my proteins & carbs, stop eating after 7 PM, replace one of my meals with a protein shake…gah the list of craziness only goes on. Seriously, when/why did eating become as trivial as rocket science? Going back to the basics has always worked for me in the past, and is hence my current “detox plan”:
- Starting my day with a proper breakfast like a bowl of overnight oats with a side of egg whites or scrambled eggs with fruit & toast. Whoever came up with the “Eat breakfast like a king” idea sure was on to something!
- Eating plenty of fresh fruit & veggies: I know I sound like one of those crazy health nuts but both have been tasting AMAZING lately. I can’t seem to be getting enough of salads, stir fries, apples and melon lately!
- Sticking with moderate portions of wholegrain, complex carbs like quinoa, rye toast, oats & brown rice.
- Adding a lean source of protein to my meals like grilled chicken, seafood, chickpeas, and eggs. Although I still do occasionally whip up protein shakes, I rather eat my protein than drink it.
- Aiming to fit in some kind of activity daily: Some days that has involved a long walk with my sister whereas other sessions are 20-30 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill. Whether it’s weights or cardio, intense or not, I’m just focusing on staying active.
I’m over those days of trying to find a quick-fix solution in terms of looking & feeling good. Instead of eliminating food groups or eating packaged foods which claim to “beat the bloat”, I’d rather focus on choosing real, whole foods. And you know what? Less than a week back, and I’m already feeling better 🙂 !
How do you bounce back after a few days of indulging?