4 Easy, Natural Post-Holiday Detox Tips
Jan 20, 2015
If you over indulged this holiday season and are looking to push the reset button on your diet, the new year is a good time to detox. Often the word “detox” brings to mind the give-it-all-up-cold-turkey diet or days filled with dark green “earthy” juices. However, we’ve put together 4 easy post-holiday detox options to help you re-energize your mind, body and spirit. You can do one or all of these to start positively impacting your outlook and attitude in 2015.
Replace all liquid calories with water. Water is the best way to clean out all the toxins (liquid or solid) you may have consumed over the holiday. Start with a 2-week water detox and if you are feeling great then go for a month. You are still eating a healthy diet so you could continue this detox for as long as you feel motivated.
A Dry January
You read that right, a month without alcohol. If you choose not to do the all-water detox you can just eliminate alcoholic beverages. Those who have completed a dry month saw a decrease in liver fat and blood glucose levels and reported sleeping better along with increased focus during the day. See more about the benefits in this recent Huffington Post article.
The word fasting often scares many people off but intermittent fasting isn’t what you think it might be. Intermittent fasting only lasts for 15 hours, and during this time you will consume limited or no calories. If you think about it, we all fast, we just call it sleeping. The best way to do an intermittent fast is to stop eating at 9:00pm and wait until lunch the next day to consume your first meal, though you can still enjoy black coffee in the morning. For lunch, your meal should consist of high quality protein like grass-fed beef and “good” fats like avocado.
Try the 14-day sugar detox to reset your body’s digestions and eliminate those chocolate cravings. If you are struggling with losing those last few pounds or have hit a plateau, you may be battling fructose. Found naturally in fruits, sweet vegetables, and honey, it is also added as high fructose corn syrup to most baked goods, drinks, sauces, and pre-packaged foods. For 2 weeks, try removing all sugary ingredients in your diet: sugar, agave, and fructose (i.e. fruit). This includes desserts, fruit, fruit juice, and even honey. Read labels and avoid eating anything with high fructose corn syrup in it.
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