Low vibrational leftovers are in the fridge, trash bins are full of bottles of dranks you know you weren’t supposed to have; it’s the day after & all your mind can think about is how to purge the last 24hours of food, alcohol, and questionable decisions back out of your system. Welcome to the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known in the Body Altering Aesthetics industry as the day of swell hell, sodium bloating, noticeable sluggishness, and a dash of “I shouldn’t have ate that” regret. We’ve all fallen victim to exclaiming “I can never eat again!” after Thanksgiving dinner but it’s different in the surgery world as our cells will forever respond to sodium influxes.
Why you don’t need a Thanksgiving detox
The body repairs itself. No matter how many calories you ate (or how many servings of deviled eggs you inhaled), the body processes and digests all of it. Everything from the saliva in your mouth to the enzymes in your stomach is meant to digest food, get the nourishment it needs from that food, and then get rid of excess through waste (ick, but true). Yes, this is anatomy 101, but it’s important to keep in mind that the body is built to repair itself. Your body will digest all the mashed potatoes and crab mac-n-cheese on its own, whether or not you try to help it the next day. So, you don’t need organic all natural purifying supplemental (trying to find all of the buzzwords marketing companies have indoctrinated us with) juice cleanses to “flush out toxins;” that’s the body’s job to do. The liver, colon, and kidney have got you covered.
A healthy diet includes indulgences to. After plastic surgery, we want to walk the path of straight & narrow, disciplined and determined. But that’s not realistic to maintain at all times and maybe you needed permission to be normal again so! Here it is. Indulges are going to happen. You are going to eat stuff that isn’t the best for maintaining a sleek physique. That’s normal human behavior— you can’t beat yourself up for being— normal. The key is in moderation.
Leafy greens and lean proteins are important, but how we spend our time and who we make time for feed us too. How much does spending time with those you love nourish you? If you’re not also focused on the ways you’re being nourished besides the food on your plate, you’re missing clutch pieces of the puzzle. Keep your stress levels down, occasionally indulge in activities you love, and surround yourself with people who make you happy, and your body will respond accordingly.
Since you aren’t perfect, don’t expect your diet to be at all times. But how to get back on track once you fall off?
How to care for your body instead:
Remember that stress and guilt after eating are worse for your body than pumpkin pie or potato salad (the kind without the raisins) could ever be. Prioritize self love if you’re feeling any regret kick in. Try taking a bath, reading a book that makes you happy, DIYing a spa day, or staring in the mirror and giving compliments to remind yourself that one day of meals doesn’t change how amazing you are. If it affected your curves, give it a few days and they’ll come back out again. They’re… hibernating. And? It’s normal. Detox your thoughts, freeze the leftovers, love on all of you, drink water, and honestly go back to slow bopping your body goal journey— your body’s already got you covered.
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About the author
International massage therapist who’s career has evolved from sports massage, to oncology massage, to leading the industry in postOperative care and body contouring, specifically pertaining to plastic surgery. Tai is the owner of Taime out Massage Studios and a Tributo partner.