The cookies are gone, the family has left, and all that remains of Christmas dinner is a bit of turkey and stuffing in a bowl in the fridge. There’s still part of the pack of chocolates from Aunt Jean, and grandma’s Christmas fruitcake is still sitting wrapped in the brandy soaked cloth. But despite all that, the last few days (weeks?) of a bit of excessive indulgence, coupled with a few too many glasses of wine mean you are getting in the mode for a post holiday detox.
A little bit of a cleanse to rid your body of the residual toxins, get things rest and refreshed and put you right on track for your new year’s health resolutions.
If that’s what you’re thinking here’s everything you need to know - especially helpful if you're going to be using your waist trainer to help sculpt that post-holiday body!
1. Start with water
Start by just drinking lots of water! It will help flush out the toxins and get you rehydrated, and will play a vital role in getting your liver back on track if you have been engaging in a higher alcohol consumption than usual. Aim to drink 2-3 liters per day, and if you can, start your day off with a glass of warm water and lemon in the morning. This acts as a great cleanse to start the day!
2. Go meatless
For 2-3 days after Christmas, go meatless! Plant-based sources of protein contain more beneficial nutrients to our body and are much easier for the body to digest and eliminate. They are also a great source of fiber and often packed with antioxidants – another powerful means of detox (see below).
3. Increase your fruit and veggie intake
You need lots of healthy foods to keep you healthy - obviously. There’s nothing to clean out your body like a big load of fruits and veggies. Not only are they nutrient packed, but they are packed with water too! Focus on veggies and fruits that offer lots of different colours to get a range of nutrients and if you can, choose superfoods like kale, pomegranates, purple cabbage, sweet potato and blueberries.
4. Eliminate alcohol, refined sugar and caffeine
All of these substances clog your body up instead of clean it out. Whether you are placing extra stress on your liver via the alcohol, extra work for the pancreas via the sugar, or just sending your body and adrenals into overdrive with the caffeine, none of these things are conducive to cleansing. If you can’t cut them all out, at least cut back as much as possible compared to your holiday indulgences!
5. Get your greens
When you are detoxing, greens are your best friend. They have an incredible boost of antioxidants, offer an incredible array of nutrients and are a source of protein and fiber. Throw them into your smoothies, make a salad with every meal and toss them into soups and stews!
6. Boost your antioxidants
Eating bad foods, lots of sugar, alcohol and being exposed to excess toxins causes the buildup of free radicals in our body. These rob our body of nutrients and lead to diseases. Consuming foods rich in antioxidants however, helps fight this, as the antioxidants will bind to the free radicals and help eliminate them. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and any fruits and vegetables rich in colour like blueberries, pomegranates, spinach and beets are the best sources.