What good is getting your butt kicked 5-6 times a week if you don't take the time to show it off every once and a while? Man, I wish I had pictures from that night!
I think there were quite a few CrossFitters last weekend whom were anxiously gnawing at the bit to put some sexy lingerie and underwear and crash Dennis' party. Wow! I'm glad to see that there are so many positive benefits people are having as a result of our programming. I mean, not to make mountains out of mole hills or anything, but I can now tell how well rounded all of you are! Sure, the inorganic components of fitness (balance, accuracy, agility and coordination) may not have been optimal that night, but hey, we can't be perfect all of the time. This is also why I sometimes have the class train for the field sobriety test: I just want you to be prepared for the unexpected. Just kidding!
So, when Sunday morning comes around, what's the best way to detox? From recent experience, I can tell you that sleeping in, a bloody mary, two Aleves, a cup of cofffee does NOT help at all. Some experts will recommend that the first thing to do is get as much water into your body as possible. Alcohol is a diuretic, it makes you want to urinate, it inhibits the production of the ante diuretic hormone. Your body becomes less capable of absorbing water. The fluids are passed straight to your kidneys and flushed out of your body.
Another thing is to keep away from animal fats. It used to be the done thing, when you are suffering from a hangover eat a big fried meal, plenty of fat. Don't do it! Fruit and vegetables are going to be your saviors, and low-fat poultry and fish. Lean meat, seeds, nuts, vegetables, some fruit, little starches and zero sugars. Sound familiar?
And the obvious advice is not to drink, or take any other stimulants, including caffeine.
The whole point of Alcohol Detox after binge drinking is to try and take all the crap out of your body that you have put into it by binge drinking. When you are drunk you will all sorts of ludicrous, nasty food down your throat, junk that you would never even look at if you were sober ("B-Line to the cake table!") So you have to detox from that crap as well.
The holidays are coming!
I found an interesting article by Dianne Carswell in the Washington Post about detoxing after the holidays. I have yet to try this myself, but I think it's good and wholesome information.
"FLUSH. Salty foods cause fluid retention and puffiness; those made with refined sugar cause spikes in blood sugar and, thus, cravings; and alcohol and caffeine cause dehydration. For your body's regenerative system to work, toxins must be flushed out -- and eight glasses of water a day won't do it alone. To truly purify your system while restoring essential vitamins and minerals, try a four-day regimen of fruit juices in the morning and vegetable juices in the afternoon along with your normal diet.