10 Foods to Eat the Day After Your Halloween Splurge

By
Mend your sugar coma by incorporating these foods into your diet
tofu

Thinkstock

Holidays always seem to put your diet willpower to the test. On Halloween, a holiday that celebrates candy, the odds are you are going to have a treat or two. If two pieces of candy are not enough, you may feel inclined to have a little more. It’s healthy to indulge every once in a while but not to the point of a sugar coma. If the sugar coma was inevitable, don’t panic. Instead, take the necessary steps to feel like yourself again.

10 Foods to Eat the Day After Your Halloween Splurge

tofu

Thinkstock

Holidays always seem to put your diet willpower to the test. On Halloween, a holiday that celebrates candy, the odds are you are going to have a treat or two. If two pieces of candy are not enough, you may feel inclined to have a little more. It’s healthy to indulge every once in a while but not to the point of a sugar coma. If the sugar coma was inevitable, don’t panic. Instead, take the necessary steps to feel like yourself again.

Artichokes

Get your body moving and flowing by eating artichokes. Artichokes contain caffeoylquinic acids, which stimulates bile flow. Bile helps the body digest fats and can potentially clear the inflammatory substances found in fatty foods.

Avocado

You may think it’s a good plan to avoid fat the day after your splurge, but avocado provides your body with healthy, monounsaturated fats and glutathione, which blocks the absorption of certain other fats by the intestines, staving off oxidative damage. These healthy fats are also a great way to help support your liver in the cleansing process.

Beets

This bright colored vegetable is among the few edible plants that contain betalains, which possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation can occur throughout the body and you may be feeling some of the symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, and change in appetite, after splurging the night before. Beets can help with the structure, repair, and regeneration of cells in the liver.

Broccoli

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are all cruciferous vegetables, which are full of fiber and antioxidants. The high fiber content will prevent you from overeating again and provide your body with nutrients to get you back in the game.

Garlic and Onions

You may be familiar with garlic and onions if you like a lot of flavor in your food, but these plants do more than just enhance what you eat: they contain flavonoids, which stimulate the production of one of the liver’s strongest antioxidants, glutathione. Garlic and onions can boost your immune system and send you in the right direction toward feeling better after your splurge.

Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea

Photo Modified: Flickr / Calsidyrose / CC BY 4.0

The day after you eat a little too much, drinking a lot of healthy liquids can flush your body of all the toxins from the sugar. Drinking herbal tea will not pump you with caffeine, but instead soothe your stomach and keep you hydrated.

Kale

kale

Photo Modified: Flickr / Peet Sneekes / CC BY 4.0

If you drank alcohol in conjunction with your sugar intake, your body needs leafy greens and a lot of them! Kale is a great source of glutathione, which is necessary for the detox of the liver.  Also, eating high-fiber vegetables, such as kale, will get your gut moving and leave you feeling better in no time.

Lean Protein

lean protein tofu

Thinkstock

If you are thinking about what to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, be sure that you are eating a lean source of protein, such as eggs, Greek yogurt, chicken, tofu, or fish. For breakfast, you can make an omelette with mixed vegetables, and for lunch or dinner, you can make a salad or grilled vegetables with your choice of protein.

Water with Lemon

Lemon water

iStock / Thinkstock

Although you may still be full when you first wake up the morning after Halloween, you first step should be to hydrate. Drink plenty of water and you can even add lemon for improved digestion and added flavor.

Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotics, which help the good bacteria stay in the stomach and aid with digestion. Lactose intolerant? Try Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is lower in lactose than regular yogurt and packed with protein.