Get Over Your Holiday Hangover in 4 Easy Steps
Ready to run away at the sight of another endless buffet? Can't stand the thought of another festive late night? If you're down with the holiday hangover—eyebags, extra pounds, and all—we've got some tips to get you back on track!
The perfect way to cleanse your system is to drink water—lots of it! Go beyond the recommended eight glasses and do your body a favor. If you want something with flavor, think before you reach for another soda can! Tea is a healthy alternative. Or try making some fresh dalandan juice instead.
The tip to detoxifying is to go back to the basics—have a bowl of fiber-rich cereal or oatmeal for breakfast instead of an entire plate of oily beef tapa and eggs. It's guaranteed to cleanse your system and leave you feeling light the rest of the morning. The idea is to eat small quantities spread throughout the day, instead of filling yourself up at each meal. Next time you hit the nearest fast food joint with your buddies, choose garden salad over fried chicken, and orange juice over a large coke. Add some greens to your daily diet! You'll feel the difference in no time.
Was the couch your best friend this Christmas vacation? Get up! Although it definitely isn't easy to rush into your regular exercise schedule right away, start slow by walking around the house. Walk to the kitchen to get your own glass of water the next time you're thirsty. Find reason to get out of your room and use the stairs more often—whether it's just to get some fresh laundry or fix a snack for your parents. Pretty soon, you can start jogging around your village!
Your eye bags are back, and the last time you saw them was right after finals week! Not to worry. The best way to get rid of dark circles under your eyes is to use slices of raw potato or cucumber. Stick them in the fridge for a couple of hours, and then place them over your eyes. Leave them on for 15 minutes and you're good to go. Another tip is to soak cotton pads in milk and put them over your eyes to get rid of puffiness. Of course, the best way to get rid of eye bags is to fix your body clock. A week before you go back to school, go back to your regular sleeping time, even if it means having force yourself to sleep early. Maybe you can bring out one of your schoolbooks to help you doze off! (Kidding!)
This article originally appeared in the January-February 2006 issue of Magazine.