Dr. IGE is in the building and I’m sharing my 3-step prescription for getting back on track after over-indulging on Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and pie – oh my!

Step 1: Drink Plenty of Water.

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I’ve glugged about 5 of these babies today and feel so much better after eating a big Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. Water the morning after splurging on food or alcohol helps re-hydrate your body and also helps kick-start digestion. So drink up why don’t ya’?! :D

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Step 2: Sweat it Out.

A good gym sesh always makes me feel better after indulging – both mentally AND physically. This afternoon I got off my arse and pushed through this slightly random, but totally effective, treadmill routine!

Time Speed Incline
0-2 4.0 1%
2-5 6.0 1%
5-10 6.5 1%
10-13 7.0 1%
13-15 7.5 1%
15-16 8.0 1%
16-19 7.0 1%
19-21 7.5 1%
21-22 8.0 1%
22-24 4.0 1%
24-27 6.0 1%
27-32 6.5 1%
32-35 7.0 1%
35-37 7.5 1%
37-38 8.0 1%
38-50 4.0 4%
Total 5.0 miles  

Step 3: Get Back on Track – NOW!

A couple years ago I might have called the whole weekend a wash after overindulging on a special occasion, and eat without abandon until I’d "start over on Monday." Now I know better – it doesn’t have to be that way! There’s no time like RIGHT NOW to get back on track. Put down the pumpkin pie and get cookin’! Tonight I focused on all things healthy & fresh for dinner and whipped up a simple Veggie Stir fry.

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I started by sautéing onions and garlic in ~2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil over medium-low heat.

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When the onions were translucent, I turned the heat up to med-high and added broccoli, green beans, broccoli slaw, snap peas and a small drizzle of more EVOO, then sautéed until the veggies got a little color – ~3-4 minutes.

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Next I splashed in ~1/2 cup chicken broth, then put a lid on the skillet to let the veggies steam until tender.

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Finally, I threw in some spinach,

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and sun dried tomatoes, then stirred until the spinach wilted.

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FYI – sun dried tomatoes are one of the most FANTASTIC ingredients out there.

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These guys are seriously sweeter then candy and are super chewy. The burst of flavor is the absolute best in dishes like this!

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The whole mixture got seasoned with salt & pepper along the way, and when the brown rice cooked in chicken broth I paired it with was ready go – I plated up!

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So light! So fresh! So healthy!

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I swear to you, olive oil, salt & pepper is the greatest flavor combo in the world. It’s just so simple and good. Know what I mean?! :D

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Bonus Step: Ditch the Guilt.

If you overate, don’t sweat it. You can’t go back in time and change what happened, so there’s no use re-hashing it over and over in your head. Move on, drink up, sweat a little and eat something healthy. K?!

Try it and call me in the morning. ;)

Ben and I are meeting up with some old friends tonight, so I’ll catch you in the a.m. See ya’!

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What’s your prescription for getting back on track?