After you spent your much-needed time with family and friends during this special time of the year, you realized that you gained a couple of pounds? You feel tired and bloated? You are already searching up ways to flush your system and detox?
Worry not, this is very normal. Most traditional Holiday recipes when combined with adult beverages can throw you off your healthy lifestyle you had been working so hard on. Although it is not the end of the world, detoxing and rejuvenating after the Holidays is extremely important. Here is some advice:
STOP EATING REFINED SUGAR NOW
You have been bad enough the last couple of days. Low quality carbs are fun to eat while they undermine your health and fitness goals. Put the wine down; pour it out if need be. Give away all the cookies and chips. Get rid of all pre-packaged snacks and deli. Clean up your fridge from all empty calories; basically, anything that is not vegetables, fruits, legumes or healthy protein such as eggs, chicken and beef.
START THE DAY OFF RIGHT
Did you know that many world-famous models drink hot water with lemon first thing in the morning? Starting your day with these two powerful nutrients will detox your system through mild sweating and intestine activity. Give yourself two hours before you eat breakfast. Let the lemon water do its magic and get rid of toxins.
DETOX THROUGH DEEP BREATHING
Before you pick up your electronics when you wake up, take a moment for yourself and try deep breathing for at least five minutes. While sitting in a comfortable position, breathe into your belly in five seconds, hold for six seconds and finally exhale in seven seconds. Repeat this exercise for ten times and you will be shocked by the way you feel in the end. For more information read this article.
WHEN IN DOUBT, SWEAT IT OUT
You need to sweat through your pores to detox. Do whatever it takes for you to break a healthy sweat. Yoga, Pilates, or a 20-minute jog, it’s all up to you. Just make sure to exercise for 20-30 minutes daily.
When it comes to fitness, consistency is the key. Keep in mind that leaving your exercise duration at a moderate level will leave you wanting more. So, refrain from heavy training as you might hate the word “gym” the next day.
DRINK HERBAL TEA
Limit your coffee intake to one small cup in the morning and drink lots of herbal tea during the day. Sencha, linden, rosehip or chamomile are magical herbal teas that will hydrate your body and skin properly. Always prefer tea leaves instead of bags that contain a lot of toxic chemicals. Try not to use any honey in your tea to maximize its health benefits.
DETOX WITH ITALIAN PARSLEY
Italian parsley is highly respected in the Mediterranean region since it has numerous detoxifying properties. It is your liver’s best friend and the biggest enemy of bloating. During your detox, you must consume plenty of fresh Italian parsley along with other veggies. Here is a simple yet delicious parsley salad recipe:
Mediterranean Parsley Salad Recipe
Olives and tomatoes
Wash parsley in a large container. Mix together finely chopped parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, chopped fresh tomatoes, kalamata olives and salt. That’s all it takes. This fantastical salad pairs well with a healthy omelet or boiled eggs.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN
Dry and dull skin after Christmas is very common. Drink lots and lots of water. Take care of your body internally by eating veggies and fruits loaded with vitamins your skin needs to glow. Take care of your skin externally as well. The good news is you don’t need to spend any money to do so. Crack an egg and whisk the yolk until creamy. Apply on skin and relax for 15 minutes. Soak facial towel in hot water and remove mask gently. Wash your face like you do in the morning. Before applying moisturizer, bathe your face with rose water and let it air dry. Rose water is a natural toner and has no harmful chemicals for your skin.
I believe that part of detoxing is keeping an open mind about methods you haven’t tried before. In order to ignite the flushing system of the body, we must introduce it something new and refreshing. Relaxing and staying away from feeling guilty will make for an effective detox that will help you to move forward with healthier nutritional habits.