Okay, so you’ve taken in your fair share of holiday cheer, baking and eggnog. Your body is likely a little overwhelmed and could be retaliating with some unpleasant weight gain, bloating, fatigue or any other symptom you’re not used to. What now?
Let’s Get Started
First, drink lots and lots of fresh, filtered water! Like, 3 liters per day! Add a bit of fresh lemon juice, too, to kick start the detoxification process.
I am a strong advocate for lifelong healthy eating so I don’t believe in crash or fad diets, nor do I believe that New Year’s resolutions really amount to much. But, your body needs some help and it needs it now.
What To Eat
To get yourself back on track, if you prepared your body before the holidays, you may only need 10-14 days of conscious, healthy eating and exercise choices. Get back into the swing of things by eating that leafy green salad EVERY DAY! Make it big; include lots of colorful veggies, like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red and orange peppers, carrots, and avocado. Drench it in heathy oil and add some balsamic or apple cider vinegar for tanginess.
Eat at least 3 portions of fruit every day, especially apples, pineapple, papaya and kiwis. Your gut probably took a beating with extra sugar, alcohol and potentially other non-foods; proper digestion is required to break down nutrients and pineapple, papaya and kiwi all have excellent sources of natural digestive enzymes. Apples have fibre and will help feed your good gut bacteria as well.
Good Bacteria & Detoxification
Speaking of good bacteria, you should also concentrate on taking in some fermented foods, like yogurt, kimchi, kombucha and miso. Daily intake for a couple of weeks will help rebuild the microflora and get your digestion back on track. (Although, daily intake all year long is the best way to make sure you gut is functioning for you when you need it!)
Promote detoxification of your poor liver with chlorophyll-containing foods. A powdered green supplement is an excellent idea at this point too! You’ve probably heard lately that our bodies can detoxify quite fine without any help; well, imagine a compost bin – if you put in the right combination of greens and browns, and you put in just a bit each week, it will work efficiently; if you start throwing in too many greens or too many browns AND you start chucking in so much you fill the bin up right to the top, it’ll take months to break down. This is your liver – the more crap you throw at it, the harder it has to work until it eventually gives up and you start to see health problems associated with poor detoxification. So, treat your liver well.
Liver cleansing foods include beets, lemon, garlic, onions and artichoke leaf. When your liver is done detoxifying stuff, your body needs to quickly get rid of this junk. So, increase your fibre as well, and include foods like oatmeal, brown rice, ground flaxseeds, and berries in your diet – these all help promote faster elimination.
If you’re like me and you’re prone to illness when you make poor food choices, do your immune system some good by practicing dry brushing and self-lymphatic massage. Always start at the extremities and brush toward the heart. There are many great videos on YouTube to help you learn how to do this. And, don’t forget to exercise!
January is a tough time to get back into the swing of things – the weather is cold and the days are long. That’s why I am offering a 10-day detox program to you at a discount rate of $39.00 for the entire month – buy it in January, start anytime, and I’ll help you stay accountable. Maybe I’ll even do it with you!