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Thanksgiving, The Day After: 7 Health And Beauty Tips

The Huffington Post   Catherine Pearson   Posted: 11/25/11 01:08 AM ET

It's all over -- we gave our thanks, watched the parades, rooted for football teams and ate. And (for some more than others) ate and ate and ate.

If you loaded up on every type of pie, skipped your workout and stuffed yourself in addition to the turkey, Friday morning may not leave you looking and feeling so great. And on top of the food coma, skimping on sleep and drinking alcohol can really take a toll.

Of course, one day of merriment is not going to irrevocably wreak havoc on your system. But there are things you can do to help get your body back-on-track quickly.

Here, seven expert-backed tricks on how to reset and recharge your system the healthy way.

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You may have overdone it yesterday, but there's no reason to detox after the holiday, because our bodies automatically do it, explained Toby Smithson, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

"Our bodies are amazing and fascinating in how they keep us healthy," she told HuffPost. "Our own liver and kidneys help our bodies detoxify naturally, so we don't need to go to any extreme measures of detoxifying."

On the flip side, Smithson said people shouldn't fall into the trap of continued overindulgence, thinking that because they've already blown their diet, they should just keep going. When it comes to leftovers, for example, she suggested eating and savoring the foods you adore, and forgoing those you think are just okay.

"Best bet for holiday leftovers is to individually wrap them up in single serving sizes and place them in the freezer," she said. "If they are wrapped in one portion containers it will be less likely you will overeat."
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