My sister’s baby shower was this past weekend, which means lots of emotions and plenty of junk food. I rarely get to see her anymore since she is a marine currently stationed in Beaufort, SC. When she comes into town, we like to try to visit our old haunts if we have time, but at the very least, we indulge in our infamous “ice cream rides.” Crank the music up, get some ice cream, and drive around for a while.
After a weekend of barbecue, dairy-free ice cream, and chocolate covered pretzels, it left my body feeling a little lack luster. It was like my body was begging me for a little reset, which I had planned on doing soon any way.
Step One: Lemon and Celery Juice
Eating celery alone is not enough to get the full health benefits from it. I recommend juicing two organic bunches of celery with five whole lemons, peel included. Making this amount is typically enough for four servings. This is the juicer that the closest to the one that I have. I absolutely LOVE my juicer, and recommend getting one if you have PCOS, as monthly 1-2 day resets can be really helpful to staying on track with inflammation and health.
Benefits of Celery and Lemon Juice:
- Celery juice has been known to help heal the esophagus, gut, and intestines when consumed on an empty stomach. I drink my juice twice per day during a reset – once in the morning before coffee and once in the afternoon before dinner.
- It is a natural anti-inflammatory.
- It helps to lower cholesterol.
- Celery Juice has potassium and vitamins A, C, and K and is low in sugar.
- It is a natural nervine.
- It aides digestion.
- Can help improve breath.
- Supports weight loss.
- Is great for skin.
- Can help clean the liver and kidneys.
- Both lemon and celery are great for adding hydration to the body. Especially good if you went a little over board on the coffee or drinks over the weekend.
Step Two: Food
My husband is also doing the reset with me, minus the juice for him since he works on a construction site and bathrooms are not readily available. It is important that the food I prepare for us to eat is both satiating and good tasting. For this, I pulled a few recipes from my modeling days… by the time this post is live, you’ll be able to click the recipes below 🙂 I make enough of each recipe to be our dinner and then lunch the following day.
Step Three: Snacks
I am a grazer and if I don’t feel full, I will just keep eating until I feel better. I guess that’s one of the side effects of being in a lifetime of recover from an eating disorder. I have started implementing a few snacking rules to help keep my cravings in check…
- Three snacks per day only, one mid-morning, one mid-afternoon, and one in the evening if needed.
- While I am doing my reset, I limit my snacks to only fruit or nuts. I prefer cashews, pecans, or walnuts. Fruit that is good for PCOS are ones that have a low Glycemic Load. I prefer watermelon or cantaloupe, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries.
- A great treat for after dinner in place of dessert is strawberries and cream. I use low-carb almond or coconut milk whipped in my milk frother with two packets of stevia. This has always been my favorite summertime snack.
Step Four: Emotional Reset
After a weekend with family, sometimes your spiritual energy can become depleted. If it’s possible to take a little bit of time for yourself after a weekend with family, do it! My daytime job affords me 80 hours per school year of PTO, so I always like to try to take a half day and come in late the Monday after. I practice self care by journaling, praying, shaving my legs, and doing a basic yoga flow to release pent up emotions and energy.
Step Five: Take a Walk Nightly
Not only will walking help to reset your mind, but it’s good to get that stagnant lymph moving and flowing after a weekend of eating junk. Taking a walk is a low impact way to do light exercise that won’t overload your adrenals, but will get your heart pumping. It can be an added bonus to include your husband or dog on the walk too to help build quality time with your own little family.
Regardless of whether you implement any of my strategies or if you have your own, it is soooo important to take some time for yourself after a weekend of parties, family, or junk food eating.
What are some ways that you like to reset after a full weekend?