Work off those Thanksgiving calories

If you're like most of us, you may have had a little too much of your favorite things over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Most of the time that extra weight is from added salt and you may be feeling very bloated.  To combat this you need to make sure you get a few key things in your diet, and get your work-out in every day. 

Make sure that you are getting at least 30-60 minutes of physical activity in everyday this week.  This will keep your metabolism revved up and most likely keep your body from storing those extra calories.  Depending on how much you ate, you may need to bump up your normal routine in regards to time or intensity. 

       Try a new class as well.  A lot of gyms are offering free classes for new customers in order to entice them for New Years Resolutions in January.
Make sure to eat a balanced diet of whole grains, vegetables
and proteins in most of your meals.  The whole grains and vegetables
will you give you fiber which will flush out excess water.  (Just don't
increase your fiber intake drastically if you are not used to it. 
Gradually increase your fiber intake if you are not getting enough. 
25-35 grams per day is the recommended amount).  Asparagus is a  great
veggie to add this week.

       Tea is a great way to start your morning and get your digestive track back on schedule.  Green Tea is full of antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce your risk for many cancers.    
      
      Also try to add in a some fruits like grapefruit and
raspberries.  Grapefruit is said to have a natural diuretic effect on
the body, therefore flushing out excess water. 

Focus on one week at a time this holiday month.  For now focus on getting back on track from Thanksgiving. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a fun and fit day, Chicago.   

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