Do You Want To Detox After the Holidays?
It’s the week of Christmas, and I bet the food you been eating up to this point has left your body feeling less than awesome. If you are like me you ate a bunch of Christmas cookies (that you just couldn’t say no to), ham, and of course the holiday cheese plate. It is safe to say you can’t wait till after the holidays to hit the reset button and detox.
The good news is that you don’t have to resort to some crazy diet or endless hours at the gym.
Here are a few ways to help get your body back on track:
Drink Warm Water with Lemon
Begin your day with warm lemon water and sip it throughout the day. Lemons provide several health benefits, which combined with warm water, can promote hydration and stimulate digestion throughout the day. Hydration cannot be stressed enough during this time. Drinking enough water is essential to help your liver and kidneys filter out toxins. You can even try sipping on warm green tea before and after meals to keep your metabolism and digestive fire strong.
Focus on Whole Foods
Although you may be tempted to eat very little after eating so poorly, it’s important to focus on nourishing, healthy meals. Think fruits, veggies, and plant-based proteins.
Intermittent fasting is a simple way to get the benefits of a fast without feeling like you’re starving. Eat your last meal no later than 7 p.m. in the evening, and try a delicious cup of coffee in the morning. It is in this fasting state that your body is much better able to burn fat as fuel. Once lunchtime rolls around, you’ll have fasted for over 16 hours, giving your digestive system a total reset.
Yoga is the quickest way to get your energy system back into balance, plus it boosts your mood. Yoga has a variety of self-healing tools. Try incorporating 20 to 30 minutes in the morning to get back on your exercise track. You’ll be feeling at-home in your body in no time. They offer classes here in St Cloud at the YMCA in the AM and PM.
Eat with intention
Eating with intention is my ultimate tip to avoid the feelings of regret that follow holiday overindulgence. To prevent damage at the upcoming parties this holiday season, avoid overindulging in foods you wouldn’t normally eat. Resist the “when in Rome” mentality, and you won't struggle as much with a guilt-riddled detox mindset in January. The more you stress out over the small stuff, the worse it will be for your body than the food itself! Eat with gratitude and intention, and cherish the love that was put into making the meals. Someone told me once "Eat like you love your body". That stuck with me.
You don’t have to go to extremes to reset your body after the holidays. Just be good to your body with intention of mindfulness, nourishment and self-love. You got this!
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