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In Case Sweatpants Are All That Fits You Right Now, Here’s How To Detox After Your Super Bowl Binge

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Not everyone loves the Super Bowl—I mean, big men in tight pants thrashing around on a field for two hours isn’t everybody’s jam—but we can all agree on the fact that the ‘big game’ is one of the best food holidays in America, no?

From all-you-can-eat wing platters to nachos drenched in cheese and chili, even to the assortments of veggie dip, it’s not uncommon to binge, hard, throughout the game (and during the pregame and post game). In fact, the average person consumes about 2400 calories during the game. Yikes.

So if you’re anything like me and are feeling like your stomach could explode this morning after indulging just a little too much last night, here are a few ways you can ‘undo’ the damage (and stop hating yourself).

To get back on track after Super Bowl Sunday, or really anytime you go HAM at the buffet, aim to eat three ‘squares’ and a small snack made of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and low- or nonfat dairy foods the next day. Eat every few hours to keep your metabolism revved up, and stay energized and nourished. To stay hydrated, drink lots of water all day.

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Another way you can fight back against the emotional roller coaster of binge eating is by staying active throughout the day—take a walk during your lunch hour, or sweat it out at the gym before or after work. Not only can a workout boost your metabolism, but it can also recharge you mentally, especially if you’ve been shaming yourself for eating so much freakin’ food yesterday.

Other things you can do? Start your day with oatmeal (it’s apparently the ultimate cleansing breakfast). A recent study found that when individuals eat hot oatmeal over cold cereal for breakfast, they felt less hunger and less of a desire to eat hours later, according to Joan Salge-Blake, R.D., clinical associate professor, Boston University and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Eating eggs (perhaps a hard boiled egg for lunch?) can also fill you up and help you eat less throughout the day, too, says Keri Gans, author of “The Small Change Diet.”

Kale, soup and potatoes are also good day-after-indulging foods to gobble up—in moderation, of course.

Don’t kick (or punt) yourself for giving into temptation. We’re all subject to our cheat days (think #deflategate!) every so often.

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