This week was a struggle, eating wise. I was home from work, sick as a dog, craving comfort food, early on in the week. And then as the weekend rolled around I had a couple of birthdays to celebrate. Although I didn’t go too crazy and I stayed consistent with my workouts, these conditions have made for a poor diet — and I have definitely seen a reflection of that on the scale. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past year, it’s that when you get off track on your diet, you only have to work that much harder to get back on the train. AND you can feel the changes in your diet all over your body. UGH.

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Never fear, though! I have a plan on getting rid of this water weight I’m retaining, and getting my diet back to normal. Here are 7 of my favorite tips and tricks on detoxing from a “bad choices” weekend:

  1. Hydration. I know you’re probably bored of this answer, but drinking obscene amounts of water always helps me to get out those toxins. It’s just science, ya’ll. #notsorry
  2. Caffeine. A little of this has never been harmful to me, but I definitely try not to overdo it. I usually try to have 1-2 coffees a day and it helps curb my appetite and give me enough energy to get to a productive #3 (see below).
  3. Exercise. As you know, I exercise daily. After I have eaten poorly, the last thing I feel like doing is getting out there for a solid workout. But I make myself. It’s a thing. The harder you work, the more you will benefit.
  4. Sleep. Good rest is 100% important to ridding yourself of toxins, and help you live your best life.
  5. Meal prep. Totally obvious, but the better you prepare yourself for the coming week, the less you’ll be tempted to eat out, make poor diet choices, and snack all day. Remember that after a big weekend of eating and drinking, your stomach has grown, so if you prepare your meals with portions in mind, you’ll be all set.
  6. Reduce caloric intake for the following week. I’m a firm believer that you should live a little. And when you do, you gotta make up for it. After a particularly bad week, I’ll reduce my caloric intake by 150-200 calories from my norm. Then I go back to my regular diet.
  7. Apple Cider Vinegar. Drink it like a shot, or mix it with water. Either way, a tablespoon a day will help reduce any inflammation you’re having. Get this kind with “the mother.”

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As the holidays continually creep up on me at a rapid pace, I gotta find ways to motivate myself to stay on track. Therefore, here are some recipes that are going on in my meal prep kitchen this week:

  • Breakfast – Chorizo Tomato & Egg Breakfast Skillet. Follow this recipe, or you can prep all the ingredients and create a scramble instead (which is what I do, since I don’t like to save eggs). I also use red wine vinegar instead of actual red wine. 🙂
  • Lunch – Enchiladas Verdes. Follow this recipe and EAT UP, ya’ll.
  • Dinner – Healthy Baked Cheddar Ranch Chicken with Brocolli and Snow Peas. Follow this recipe for the chicken, and this one for the veggies.

Happy prepping!

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