Post Holiday Detox Foods

If you’re anything like me, you’ve thrown out your weight watchers plan for a night (or week) of holiday food munching. detox foodsYou’ve eaten licorice, popcorn, hot dogs and cake and are feeling pretty crappy and bloated. After years of being on every diet around, I’ve yet to conquer the holidays. It’s time for a little bit of grace, post-holiday detox foods and a plan to get back on track. According to Web MD, detox foods can help you clear out your pipes and jump-start your body.

Detox Foods

Since I’m not a health expert, you’ll want to check with your doctor before starting any diet or health program. Always drink plenty of water and ensure your detox foods are clean and prepared per the USDA standards.

The combination of detox foods along with my resolve to eliminate processed foods for the week helps me quickly drop 2-3 pounds in a matter of days. A lot of the weight is water weight, as my body no longer wants to hold on to excess water and doesn’t have to work as hard to process the good food that I eat. A focused week of healthy eating usually does the trick to getting me back in the swing of following my weight watchers plan.

Here’s my list of detox foods for the week.

Drinks

  • Water – I prefer filtered water over Phoenix water any day. I use reverse osmosis to filter out the crap and provide my family with water that doesn’t taste like it came from a hose. I like to add a slice of lemon, orange or other fruit to infuse the water with a bit of flavor.
  • Lemon Water – Squeeze a slice of lemon into a cup of warm water first thing in the morning to prepare my digestive system.
  • Green Tea – Green tea is the least processed tea and provides antioxidants.
  • Green Juice – I start my day off with a small glass of green juice. I use my Omega juicer and add spinach, a couple slices of green apple and lemon, ¼ cucumber, parsley and a teaspoon of fresh ginger.

Vegetables

  • Salad
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet potato
    Honestly, the more vegetables I eat, the better my week goes. I put any vegetable that I like to eat on my detox food list regardless of their detox properties.

Fruits

  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Berries
  • Pineapple
  • Lemon
  • Strawberries
  • Mangos
    Primarily foods that are high in antioxidants, like vitamin C, can help improve liver function. I try to buy organic when possible. Otherwise, I peel and wash everything.

Nuts

  • Almonds
  • Cashews

Protein

  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Chicken

Grains

  • Brown rice
  • Zucchini (Used instead of grains and noodles)

Dairy

  • Almond milk
  • Organic milk

I realize that many detox diets don’t allow foods like tuna, oranges, grapes and tomatoes. If you’re following a special diet, then stick with what works for you. This list is what works for me, and everyone is different.

The magic of my post-holiday detox foods list is more about what I’m not putting in my body rather than what I am. Obviously healthy foods are the key to losing weight, but eliminating as much processed food as possible is what really helps me drop the holiday weight gain and gain the momentum to keep going strong.

What are your favorite detox foods? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

How Much is Weight Watchers?

The cost of Weight Watchers varies by week and month. It’s currently 20% off with a $10 (or $7.50 if your in Canada) rebate from Ebates. If you don’t have an Ebates account, click here to sign up and receive an additional $10 gift card. Bonus! How Much is Weight Watchers

Anytime people ask me how I’ve lost so much weight, I always share that it tried just about every weight loss program under the sun. But, Weight Watchers is the one program that I’ve consistently come back to and have been successful with time and time again. The next question they ask me is: How much is Weight Watchers? Here’s what I tell them.

How Much is Weight Watchers?

The cost of Weight Watchers varies by location and season. Because they operate on a franchise model, franchise owners may choose to participate in national programs or they may decide to do something entirely different along the lines of their agreement. That’s why the cost is always different from location to location. Of course, I believe that Weight Watchers does own some locations.

The best place to reference pricing is on the weight watchers website. They change their specials almost weekly. Currently, they are offering 20% off, but you can save more money if you follow the advice that I’ll share with you below.

If you’re looking for a face-to-face meeting, just navigate to weightwatchers.com and enter your zip code to find a meeting near you. Once you find a meeting location, there will be a button indicating that you can join now. If you click that button, you’ll receive options available for that particular location.

The Best Deal for Weight Watchers

I’ll admit it. I’m a deal finder. I’m always looking for ways to save money on the things that I want or need to buy. The best deal that I have found for weight watchers is through Ebates. I talk a lot about Ebates if you haven’t figured that out yet. That’s because I love to combine my reward credit cards with rebates and sales to get a trifecta of discounts.

Basically, I find the latest sales, which is 20% off for Weight Watcher subscriptions right now. Then, I go to Ebates and click their link, which right now is $10 instead of the normal $5. Bonus! I combine that savings with a rewards credit card and save even more.

Disclosure: I’m not affiliated with Weight Watchers and they haven’t reviewed this site for accuracy or suitability. My Ebates referral link is in this post because I only recommend things that have worked for me. Please see FTC disclosure on my About Me page.

How much weight watchers is varies by day depending on their special offers as well as rebates that you can receive using methods described above. I can’t be held responsible for the accuracy of the specials that I quote in this post as they always change.

How to Get Weight Watchers Online for Free

You can get weight watchers online for free if you tie a few things together manually. shareasimage(8)Nothing is easier than using the official Weight Watchers Online program and app, but if budget is tight, this is the next best thing. As with any weight loss program, consult your doctor first. I’m not a health expert and don’t pretend to be.

I can’t vouch for the completeness or accuracy of information other than what’s on the official Weight Watchers Online website. However, I’ve tried each of these calculators and they seem to work fine. I’ve also included a free food tracker calculator for you to download at the end of this post.

If you can afford the real thing, you should get it. There’s always a special on Weight Watchers Online and you won’t have to spend time playing with different calculators and stringing together a system like the one I’ve outlined below. You can get the best deal through Ebates because you get rebates along with a free $10 gift card if you join through my affiliate link (I earn a small bonus when you sign up).

Here’s how to get Weight Watchers online for free

1. Calculate Your PointsPlus® Budget

To start the Weight Watchers program, you’ll need to understand how many points you can have each day. In addition to your PointsPlus® budget, you get a weekly allotment of 49 bonus points. I find that when I use all of the 49 points, I don’t lose weight unless I add activity into the mix. But, I do lose weight if I stick with my budget. You can calculate your plus point budget using online calculators like this one.

2. Calculate Your PointsPlus® Values

After you know your PointsPlus® budget, you can use other calculators to determine how many points are in the food you consume. You should always calculate your plus points values prior to eating to make sure that you stay within your daily points values.

You can calculate your plus point values using online calculators like this one. The website owner claims that the formula used here was obtained from public sources, but it is not an “official” Weight Watchers calculator. It seems to work fine when I compare it against my app. For restaurant food values, I recommend that you use Dottie’s list. She seems to keep it up to date.

3. Calculate Your Activity Points

You earn extra points every time you exercise. Activity points are calculated base on your weight, intensity and time. Even if you want to read on a bike as you peddle away, you’ll earn points. I started out getting into the habit of exercising doing that very thing. Exercise was a way of escape for me. Then I slowly moved into exercising for fitness and strength. You have to start somewhere, so just start moving.

Here’s another calculator for you to use to track your activity points.

4. Track Your Plus Points Values

Use a notebook or journal to track your PointsPlus® values. There are also a great number of apps that you can use to track your food intake. When I write my food down, it helps me stay within my budget. If I don’t, I’ll almost always go over.

Here’s a template that I designed in Excel to help you stay in your budget. It’s also available in a printable format if you prefer to print it out instead. I’ve also included links to the calculators. It might be helpful to bookmark this post for future reference.

Weight Watchers Printable Template

Weight Watchers Excel Template

PointsPlus® Budget Calculator

Food Calculator

PointsPlus® for Restaurants

Activity Points Calculator

Reminder: I’m not affiliated with Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers has not reviewed this site for accuracy or suitability. You are encouraged to go to a Weight Watcher’s meeting for actual information about their program. There are affiliate links in this post. Please see FTC disclosure on my About Me page. I only recommend products that I use and love.