During the summer months Edmonton’s festival scene comes to life. Between KDays and Folk Fest it seems like there is something happening every weekend. All of these events have lots of food and a variety of beverages. It can be fun to treat yourself to some sugary treats or refreshing cocktails, but sometimes our indulgence can go a little too far. Sometimes too many sugary treats can lead to gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea or constipation. Sometimes they simply cause decreased energy or difficulty maintaining a healthy diet. If you overdid it on the weekend and you’re feeling groggy, having digestive problems, or just struggling to get back into your routine, here are some tips to get you on track when you need some summer sugar recovery.
Summer Sugar Recovery Tips:
- Hydrate – If you had one too many sugary summer patio beverages, you need to make sure you rehydrate yourself. Drink 2 cups of water minimum between each meal to rehydrate your body. If your energy is low, it can be tempting to reach for coffee or energy drinks to give you a pick-me-up. Resist the urge and stick with water or iced, unsweetened herbal or green tea to get more water into your body.
- Fibre – If you’re not feeling hungry, blend up some fruits and veggies into a smoothie. This will deliver nutrients and fibre to help clean out your digestive tract. Fibre also feeds the good bacteria that live in your digestive tract. When you eat sugary foods or drink lots of alcohol, you alter this gut bacteria. Your gut bacteria can impact your digestion, hormones and even your brain function.
- Exercise – Go for a walk, run, bike ride, go to yoga or hit the gym. Make sure you’re hydrated prior to starting your sweat session, as you don’t want to dehydrate yourself further. Getting some exercise in can help boost your mood, metabolism, and energy.
- Rest – If you missed out on sleep due to a weekend away or late night out, you need to recover. Get into bed 30minutes earlier and remove all electronic distractions (TV, phone, iPad etc). Read a book or do some deep breathing.
If you’re still feeling rotten a week after you overindulged, there may be something else going on in your body that requires further assessment. Try these tips for summer sugar recovery first, then consider finding out if there’s an additional cause for your symptoms.