If you recall in my 6 things you should do to detox after a summer music festival post, I don’t actually recommend “detoxing” after a weekend of junk food, drinks and dancing late into the night, because detoxing isn’t a thing.
Although I generally followed my own tips to take care of body during last weekend’s Sunfest, such as by bringing healthier meals and snack options, mixing wine with club soda and spending the daytime swimming at the lake, I still felt gross the day after we got back. Not only was I sunburnt, filthy and dehydrated, but also my legs, feet and stomach were swollen. It was 30+ degree over the weekend, and I know I didn’t have as much water as I should have, hence the swollen legs and feet. But I also allowed myself to indulge in things I normally wouldn’t have, such as mini doughnuts, chips and other carby delights, and I definitely paid the price.
Although I don’t regret enjoying all those delicious foods at the time, all I wanted when I got back was water, fruits and vegetables for days. I actually did go out and buy a green juice, and it was delicious and so worth the $10 price tag.
While I didn’t feel like I needed to JUST drink green juice for days, I did feel like I needed to bring my body back into it’s balanced, pre-festival state ASAP. Luckily, it only took about a day for my stomach to stop hurting and for the swelling to go away by following the plan outlined below: (more…)