6 simple steps to curing a food hangover

1. Eat a fiber-rich breakfast.

It may seem counter productive, but eating breakfast the morning after a major food binge is especially important. Going without will only confuse your system - sending warning signals to your brain that your body may be starving and consequently begin to slow down your metabolism - preventing your body from properly digesting whatever it is likely still trying to break down from the day before.

To keep from overdoing it, aim to eat a breakfast high in fiber which will keep you feeling fuller, longer and aid the digestive process by helping food move through your digestive tract more quickly.

2. Have a cup of coffee.

When consumed in small quantities, this natural, caffeinated beverage can prove very beneficial! In addition to improving memory, alleviating muscle pain and decreasing the risk of some cancers, a small cup of joe in the morning can stimulate the muscles in your digestive tract to contract and eliminate any waste that may have built up over night - but be careful! Too much coffee can have the opposite effect.

3. Drink lots of water.

Water helps to flush anything and everything that may be unnecessary or unwanted from the body. As an added benefit, it also helps you maintain a feeling of fullness - preventing overeating in the future. Drinking a full 8-10 glasses a day is highly recommended.

4.  Eat protein at lunch.

When you overeat, your tummy naturally expands to make room for the excess food. As the food is digested your body begins to crave even MORE FOOD to fill the void in your newly enlarged stomach. A great way to trick your body into believing it has done this is to consume protein. A handful of almonds, a hard boiled egg, or a few slices of lean deli meat will help to convince your tummy that it is satisfied and encourage your stomach to shrink back to it's normal size.

5. Make a healthy dinner.

That's right! The key word here is MAKE! Making food at home is a great way to keep a close eye on what you consume. When you control the ingredients in a dish you are far more likely to make better decisions about what goes into it and consequently, what goes into your body. You can easily avoid processed foods which contribute to bloating and opt for healthier selections that won't make you feel guilty when reaching for a second serving.

6. Take a walk.

Literally. While the last thing you likely want to do after overindulging is exercise, one of the BEST things you can do is engage in some light cardio. Taking a short walk around the block when you wake up in the morning or just before you begin your evening wind-down ritual will make you feel SO much better. Think about it: "I really regret that workout." ....said no one ever.

BURN bites: mediterranean chicken + mjeddrah

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Tired of the same tried and true "healthy" dinners? So are we. That is why we scoured the web and our own recipe boxes to put together a meal that was easy, yes, but also  just a step outside your normal weekday routine. Part family recipe, part brilliant Blogger discovery, this chicken and Middle Eastern pilaf dish will give your taste buds a much needed jolt - leaving you feeling satisfied, but not overly full. What You'll Need:

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For The Chicken (Recipe co: A Bitchin' Kitchen) -

3-4 Cloves Garlic

Juice of 1 Lemon

2 tsp. Red Wine Vinegar

2 T. Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

1 T. Dired Oregano

4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast Halves

Salt + Pepper to Taste

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For The Mjeddrah -

1c. Lentils (rinsed)

1c. Brown Basmati Rice (rinsed)

1/2 Large Yellow Onion

3-4 Cloves Garlic

1/4 c. Olive Oil

1/2 T. All Spice

Salt + Pepper to Taste

How To Make it Happen:

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For the Chicken -

Combine all of the above ingredients (sans chicken) in a dish and whisk together to make a marinade. Add in chicken, and turn to coat. Cover, and place in the fridge for 1 hour to marinate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

After the chicken is done marinating, place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until it is cooked thoroughly and juices run cl

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For the Mjeddrah -

Begin by cooking rice according to packaging instructions and set aside.

Heat olive oil in skillet on medium-low. Add chopped onions, garlic and seasonings then cover. Stirring occasionally,  cook until the mixture until the onions are a nice golden brown then remove from heat.

Meanwhile rinse and thoroughly drain the lentils. Place in large pot with 4c. water and bring water to a rapid boil. Lower temperature to a gentle simmer and continue to cook uncovered, for about 20-30 minutes.

Once lentils are cooked completely, add rice and onion mixture to the pot and gently combine all ingredients.*

*Serve with a dollop of plain non-fat Greek yogurt