Are you looking for a post holiday detox plan because the holidays left you feeling tired and bloated?
Then look no further as I’ve got here some simple and effective ways on how you can jump start your post holiday detox!
Why you should detox after the holidays
We all know that most of the foods served during the holiday season are not exactly healthy. Yes, I’m talking about those fat and sugar-laden treats we have all enjoyed during the holidays. But it’s okay. You are allowed to indulge in your favourite holiday treats every once in a while.
After all, the silly season is meant to be enjoyed.
However, most people choose to enjoy this merry season by overindulging in their favorite holiday dishes.
We’ve all been there!
Unfortunately, the excess carbs, fat, sugar, salt, and alcohol that you consumed during the holidays can leave you feeling heavy, bloated, tired, and unmotivated.
This is where the importance of a detoxification comes into play.
Doing a post-holiday cleanse can help you get back on track and reestablish a healthy equilibrium by helping your body to rid itself of any excess waste, and start effectively absorbing the nutrients it needs to properly nourish your body.
It’s like pressing a “reset” button in your diet after a period of overindulging.
What to expect when you undergo a detox
Most people’s bodies are very effective at eliminating harmful substances on the daily basis. However, due to years of refined and processed food, sugar, alcohol and pesticide residue consumption our systems can get ‘clogged up’ and our ability to cleanse may become reduced over time. Not to mention if we overindulge in comfort foods over an extended holiday period.
Detox programs are designed to help the organs involved in detoxification process—such as liver, kidney, colon, and skin—do their work more efficiently.
Detoxification is an energy-dependent process meaning it might cause you to feel more tired or sluggish when you begin. You may also experience withdrawal symptoms from things like sugar, caffeine, tobacco in the form of headaches, fatigue, irritability and feeling emotional. Don’t worry, these are normal and should only last for a few days.
How long should a detox be?
A detox program should last for a minimum of two weeks, and up to six weeks. There are different types of cleanses from those including green juices, supplements, fasting or simply cutting out processed and packaged foods.
Going through a detox can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some simple and effective steps to cleanse your system easily and safely:
Eat only ‘clean’ foods
Focus on filling your plate with unprocessed foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories.
It’s time to cut out all processed foods, and foods with a long shelf-life that contain preservatives and additives. Instead focus on eating more whole foods, which are natural and packed with nutrients. There are particular vegetables such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower who are are detox superstars. They contain vitamins and minerals that are great in supporting your body’s natural detoxification process.
Cutting back on your processed food intake can be as easy as avoiding eating out, or buying packaged foods. You should also ditch anything made with refined sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
For the duration of the detox it is best to eat only plant-based foods, and avoid the consumption of animal products such as dairy and meat, particularly red meat and pork as they are much harder for our system to break down.
Cut out caffeine consumption
You might be thinking, How am I going to survive without coffee?
If you are a coffee drinker you might experience withdrawal symptoms for 4-5 days, however after that you’ll be surprised how energised and focused you will feel.
Trust me, feeling energized without needing caffeine is amazing! In the meantime you can substitute your favourite morning drink to a chai latte made with nut milk. It’ll hit the spot and leave you feeling as comforted as coffee.
To avoid caffeine withdrawal symptoms, gradually decrease your caffeine intake prior to starting your detox.
Instead of drinking coffee or sodas, try drinking green tea, which still contains caffeine but the release is much slower and the antioxidants contained in the tea are highly beneficial. This healthy substitute for coffee can give your body a “natural” caffeine boost while providing your body with generous amounts of cancer-fighting agents.
I recommend starting your day with a glass of warm lemon water in the morning. I personally like to add grated ginger and a pinch of cayenne pepper to it. It helps flush your digestive system, and aids in digestion and detoxification. Knowing this, you may want to make drinking a glass of warm lemon water a morning habit.
Cut a fresh lemon into half, then squeeze its juices into a glass of warm lemon water, add ginger or cayenne if you like and you’re all set. To avoid tooth sensitivity, drink it in one go using a straw and then rinse your mouth with clean water. Avoid brushing your teeth after.
Supercharge your gut bacteria
If you’re feeling bloated after the holidays, you are not alone.
So many people complain about bloating.
Feeling a little bloated from time to time is normal, but if you suffer from bloating almost every day that is an issue that needs to be investigated. Bloating can be caused by a variety of things, .
Having too many bad bacteria in your tummy might be one of the reasons why you feel “bloated.”
The good news is that you can always supercharge the good bacteria in your tummy and prevent the growth of the bad ones.
Cultivate a healthier gut flora by watching what you eat. The good guys flourish off colorful, plant-based foods so make sure to include some in your diet.
Kimchi, sauerkraut, and tempeh are great and delicious examples of fermented foods that you can fill your plate with to increase the number of good bacteria in your gut and crowd out the unhealthy ones.
These fermented plant-based foods are probiotics, which can help boost your immune system and improve your gut health.
Alcohol and salt consumption during the holidays can leave you dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water during your post holiday detox.
There is no exact water recommendation for optimal “waste flushing.” Enough water intakes vary in every individual. It depends on your body, your activities, and the environment that you’re in.
But one thing is for sure, water is vital to every detox program’s success.
Even slight dehydration can interfere with your body’s detoxification process. Lack of water makes the liver’s tissues job of removing toxins in your body even harder. Therefore, drinking plenty of water is one of the simplest (not the easiest for some people, I’m sure) things that you can do to detoxify your body.
Get back to your workout routine
In case you don’t have one, then I’ve got some exciting news for you.
The second round of the hugely successful 28-Day LIVE Lean Body Accelerator is starting on February 6. We’ll start off the first two days with an easy detox and yoga to kick of your progress then we’ll get your sweat on with short high intensity workouts to help you create a lean and toned body. Don’t let your slip-ups ruin another bikini season!
Exercise should be a part of a detox as it improves circulation and helps in your body’s natural detoxification process by allowing you to sweat out toxins, while also burning calories. However, during detox you may feel like getting out of bed and working out is just impossible.
All the more reason for you not to miss the opportunity to join the second round of the 28-Day LIVE Lean Body Accelerator and transform your body in just 28 DAYS!
The first two days of the program is about detox, so if you’re still not sure how to go on a post holiday detox then don’t worry as I’ve got you covered.
I’ve got simple and tasty meals that your family will love, short and fun workout plans, and live coaching to help you get back in shape and make you feel confident in your skin not just for the Summer, but all year round. Step up to the challenge and get the results you’ve always wanted!