Recover and Recoup

We have just come out of the season of weddings, festivals and winter parties. All of us have invites that are impossible to turn down, lest we are labeled antisocial. Invariably, this socializing ends up with you having to pay a hefty price, often measured by the increase in girth around your mid-section. Inches, I mean, which make you fill into your clothes as though they were painted on and not something you slipped into. So how can you recover once you are done with your binge eating?

The first thing to do is to cut back on your salt intake. Eating out invariably results in excessive salt consumption which causes bloating and water retention not to mention increasing your blood pressure. Eat home cooked food with low salt. Second, you are probably on a gravy train concerning sugar consumption. Sugar is addictive, and now that you have been consuming a lot of sweets, the craving lingers. Break out of the habit and persist for ten days. The desires will wear off.

Third, cut back on the fast sugars that you may have been consuming. Think bread, pasta, white flour, and potato. Fourth, ensure that you are eating lots of leafy green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage, and mushrooms. These are all slow-burning sugars and take time to digest. They also come loaded with a ton of anti-oxidants which will help reduce the likely inflammation in your body from the binge eating. Add a dash of ghee to make the food more complex. It will make you lose weight, I promise. Finally, get plenty of sleep. You may be surprised that the amount of shut-eye you get has a direct bearing on your weight and health, but it does. Do try and get eight hours of sleep till you are recovered. After all, you did party a fair bit in the recent past didn’t you?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.