Without the monotony of the work-week to help keep you in check, it's easy to veer away from a healthy routine during the weekend. Workouts get skipped, too many cocktails are sipped, and you wake up on Monday full of regret. Instead of thinking about what you should have done, Monday marks the perfect time to get back on track, setting the tone for the rest of the week. Before you lock yourself down on a no-carb, no-alcohol, no-everything diet, start with these approachable detoxing tips from Eve Kessner, holistic nutritionist and SoulCycle instructor.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Eve can't stress this point enough, "Drink lots of water!" Besides balancing out the dehydrating effects of any imbibing you did over the weekend, Eve credits water with helping the body "flush out any toxins it's holding on to." Start the morning with our wonder beverage of choice: hot water with a lemon, which among other things has been shown to aid in weight loss. From there, be sure to drink from your water bottle throughout the day. Make it a goal to refill it more than a few times before hitting the hay.
- Get up and move: When it comes to sweating out the bad stuff and upping endorphin levels, Eve says that exercise is key. If you're up for it, she suggests a fast-paced cardio session since it will boost the body's metabolism, allowing you to better burn off some of those weekend indulgences. If you went too overboard on Sunday and the thought of a high-intensity workout has your stomach feeling queasy, opt for a walk or restorative yoga session instead.
- Eat clean: After a few food-filled and sleep-deprived nights, it's important to not give in to junk-food cravings. That pumpkin cream cheese muffin might seem like a good breakfast, but you'll end up feeling worse than you did when you woke up. Now is the time to eat fresh, whole foods. "Raw foods have higher nutrient density, so you get more bang for your buck and inherently less sugar," says Eve. Enjoy a nutrient-rich smoothie for breakfast, a fresh salad for lunch, and follow Eve's guidelines for putting together the perfect dinner. Above all, Eve says to "avoid anything processed."
- Get some rest: One of the best ways to reset the body is to make sure you're getting enough sleep. "This one is tough [when you have a busy schedule], but super-important for your body's recovery," says Eve. Skipping out on enough sleep can lead to stress, weight gain, and an overall decline in good health. If falling asleep is hard for you, follow these all-day habits for a better night's rest.