Hangover Recovery

Hangover Recovery

Yup, it happens to the best of us– we drink a tad too much, and don’t realize it until we stand up from our cozy bar stool, walk outside into the real world, or go to bed and the world starts spinning (that’s right– I went to college).

Tonight is NYE and I have no doubt that many of you will be drinking. Instead of me telling you NOT to drink, which is not going to happen, I’m going to give you some recovery tips so that you can bounce back [as quickly as possible].

Here are 5 simple tips to promote hangover recovery:

  1. Be smart about your drink choice: This first tip is for the before you start challenging your liver like a champ. Avoid syrups and juices. These drink add-ins have sugar, lots of sugar, in them and often times when people are hungover it’s attributed to the sugar overdose. Excess yeast in your body= brainfog. Another quickie: opt for soda, NEVER tonic– which is laden with sugar. Get double limes and squeeze that flavor flave in. Clear liquors like tequila, gin, and vodka are generally going to be cleaner options.
  2. Drink water: Ugh– so cliche, I know. But seriously, HYDRATE. If you haven’t started boozing yet, pick up a glass of water NOW and drink, drink, drink. Think of yourself as a plant– if you left your plant for an extended period of time without water then DROWNED it in water, would that be enough to hydrate it– NO. Just like that plant, just because you drink TONS of water the next day doesn’t make up for the lack of hydration the day/night before. So try drinking a glass in between alcoholic drinks. Grab a buddy and remind each other to drink water throughout the night. Majority of headaches are caused by dehydration and mineral imbalance, which leads me to the next tip.
  3. Mineralize: Majority of headaches are caused by dehydration and mineral imbalance, i.e. electrolytes. Does this mean you should chug a bunch of gatorade? NO. That stuff is laden with chemicals and fake nutrients. You can make your own ade with water, lemon, baking soda, sea salt, and honey. Get my recipe for Jennie-ade here!
  4. B-complex: When you drink your B vitamins get depleted which causes a dip in your energy and a decreased resistance to stress. Take a quality B-complex vitamin the morning after drinking– I swear by these.
  5. Eat a meal rich in greens, protein, and avocado: Greens will help balance the acidity from the alcohol, protein will help replenish your amino acids which also get depleted from drinking and are necessary to help support the natural detoxification process of your liver, and the avocado will replenish potassium, a mineral necessary for cellular fluid homeostasis. Healthy fats are also a great way to get your blood sugar back on track and into fat-burning mode!

Have a happy NEW YEAR everyone and see you in 2016!

Sending love,

Jennie

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Holiday Eating Survival and Recovery

Holiday Eating Survival and Recovery

Last week I lead a workshop for the awesome employees at ING Financial Services, LLC called, Holiday Eating Survival and Recovery, with tips and tools to get back on track this holiday season and into the new year. I wanted to review some of the bullet points to share with you this week and next as the temptation continue to lure you in.

  1. Don’t starve yourself… ever: Many people, in anticipation of a big party with delicious treats, will refrain from eating during the day in a fruitless attempt to “save calories.” Here’s the problem with that: You’re setting yourself up for a binge-fest. Your body goes into starvation mode and your metabolism slows, but more prominently, your inner caveman comes out. What this means is, when you are hungry you tend to crave three things: fat, sugar, and salt. When our ancestors would scavenge for food, these were hard to come by in nature. At a holiday party (or even at your office), they are bountiful. When we are hungry we can’t think straight and we’re more likely to eat EVERYTHING around us. So don’t starve yourself… ever. Got it?
  2. Take one bit…or two… or three: Research has found that our pleasure is dramatically diminished after the first bite, and again after the second bite. So go ahead, indulge in that first bite, but maybe leave it at that– after all, now you know it’s not going to get any better. You’ve maximized your pleasure.
  3. Eat what you LOVE: I mean this in two ways. 1) If you know there’s a dish you absolutely LOVE when you go home, then eat it! But maybe use tip #2’s advice and just take 1-3 bites, then EAT for ENERGY. This way you get to enjoy the food you love and feel better after the meal. 2) All “healthy” food doesn’t have to taste good to you. So instead identify veggies that you LOVE and focus on making a dish that you can fill up on.
  4. Choose your booze wisely: Avoid all sugary mix-ins, sugary sodas, and juices. Instead opt for dry(er) red wines or clear liquors (my go-to is tequila on the rocks with lime)– maybe you’re more of a gin or vodka person; Drink water in between and during drinks, and if you want a mix-in always opt for club soda, NEVER tonic water which has sugar in it. Also, if you know you have a habit of drinking whatever is in front of you, try holding onto a club soda with lime– no one will know the difference, you won’t get harassed, and you’ll get hydrated along the way.
  5. Be gentle on yourself: Plan in time to relax and catch up on sleep– the bears are doing it so why don’t we? Avoid the post-holiday guilt trip and instead look at it as an opportunity to get curious with your body and how it responded to different foods, etc. You can always get back on track, and this is the beauty of being human– we take a step back, we take a step forward– ideally two forward or ten. The important thing is to keep moving.

Happy holidays everyone, and sending love, health, and happiness to your and your families!

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Almond Butter Energy Bites

Almond Butter Energy Bites

I made these beauties while teaching organic cooking to the wonderful employees at Anchin this week. We also make some Spicy Sweet Potato Quinoa and Roasted Cauliflower. More recipes to be posted soon! Stay in the loop by adding your email above or below! And in the meantime, don’t be afraid to drool. 

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IMG_9163-1PREP: 10 MINS 

TOTAL: 10 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats oatmeal
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed 
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  • Dash (or 2 or ten) of cinnamon

 

  • DIRECTIONS:
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  3. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.

Whenever your sweet tooth calls out after a meal, this is a great go-to and alternative to… well, you fill in the blank. 😉

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How to Stash the Best Snacks: What snacks to keep at the office

How to Stash the Best Snacks: What snacks to keep at the office

It’s 3pm and you’re feeling a bit gnoshy (like you want to gnosh on something?), or as our British friends might say– peckish. Aww heck, you just want a snack!, it’s easy to grab what is near by. When our body is hungry or tired or… stressed, we tend to reach out to three specific things:

1) Salts

2) Fats

3) Sugars

These are three things our ancestors would seek out when they were in survival mode. They were harder to come by in nature but would10442943_10100215864407828_5385196373248115734_n aid in quickly satiating them and giving them a calorie-dense form of sustenance. Nowadays our instincts are still in tact, but “lucky” for us we have salts, sugars, and fats everywhere we turn– vending machines, super markets, staff events.

One helpful way to avoid snacking on the wrong foods, is to make sure you are stocked with the right foods. That way, if your cravings come a knocking you are set up for success in the snacking arena. Here are some healthy snack options for you!

  1. Nuts: Nuts are one of my favorites to snack on because they give you the crunch you crave and are packed with protein and fiber. They will keep you fuller for longer! The best way to get your nuts is raw and unsalted. You also want to limit consumption to about a 1/4 cup a day (about a small handful).
  2. Fruit: Fruit give you that natural sugar when you’re looking for something sweet without the guilt. Any type of fruit is loaded with vitamins and fiber. Avoid dried fruits as they are extremely high in sugar and often contain harmful sulfites. Fruit is best paired with a healthy fat (like nuts or avocado), to help slow down the absorption of the sugar, and give you prolonged energy.
  3. Veggies and hummus: Veggies like peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumber just to name a few are great with dip. Hummus is a great alternative to ranch or any other type of high fat salad dressing. Also there are many flavors of hummus that you can choose from. Look at your label when choosing a hummus for artificial ingredients, added sugars, and I stay away from any hummus with soybean oil in it. 
  4. Dark chocolate: We all love chocolate and there are actually several studies that show that dark chocolate does benefit our health. Dark chocolate is filled with antioxidants so having a piece of dark chocolate every day is very beneficial to you! Look for dark chocolate that is at least 70% cacao.
  5. Kale, apple, or radish chips (pictured above): You can buy these chips at the store, dehydrate, or roast them yourself if you would like! These are a great alternative to potato chips or doritos. 
  6. Snap Peas: These are so yummy and convenient to take along with you in a container. They taste great raw and are easy to tote around with you.
  7. Green juice: Sometimes we need a surge of nutrients to give us energy at 3pm. Instead of reaching for coffee try keeping a green juice on hand. Raw green juice — NOT pasteurized– is filled with energizing enzymes and will tide you over until your next meal. Plus it has anti-inflammatory properties! Try Raw Generation‘s Skinny Cleanse, and stock up on some of my favorite raw juices.

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