Summer holiday mean lazy days on the beach or by the pool, sipping on soda or drinks, and snacking on everything we missed out on. After a tough year, we deserve a break, not just from work, but from our strict diets and routines as well. Over December and throughout summer, we let go a bit. We’re surrounded by festivities, family gatherings and most of all, food. Indulgent, delicious, sugary food in all shapes, sizes, and servings. This means come January we need to go on a detox.
Rest is important. Our bodies and minds need time to switch off and rest so that we can start a new year fresh and mentally rested to take on any challenge that comes our way. Taking a break from your usual routine is also a good idea – many pro fitness athletes take a week or two off following a strict eating and training plan. They understand how important it is to rest their body. Not only to prevent a mental burnout but also to avoid hitting a plateau in training and body progress.
But when summer’s over. When our jeans don’t quite fit anymore and we’ve indulged a little too much, it’s time to get back into our routines. Too much time off can be as damaging as no time off at all. But before jumping straight into your diet and exercise routine for the new year, it’s a good idea to detox and rebalance and nourish your body before taking starting a new diet.
There are many ways to detox, from juice cleanses to intermittent fasting. What’s important to remember while detoxing is to keep it healthy and not go to extremes. Detoxing is a great way to rebalance and nourish your body, but when done wrong it can do more damage than good. Here are a few safe ways to detox after your summer holiday.
Get the endorphins going by doing some cardiovascular or high intensity-based workouts first thing in the morning. This will help you slowly get back into your exercise routine. The intense exercise will rid your body of toxins through sweat.
2. Increase your fluid intak
Drink lots of water, as well as other cleansing fluids like hot water, lemon and ginger, green tea and organic, homemade fruit and vegetable juice.
3. Try to cut out coffee
Coffee may increase your cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. Skip the coffee and rather go for green tea.
4. Cut out the sugar
Not just the obvious sources of sugar like sweets, but the hidden sugars as well. You’ll be surprised at how much sugar is hidden in everyday consumables like sauces, condiments, and fruit juice. Read your labels and avoid hidden sugars that might spike your blood sugar levels.
5. Increase your greens
Green leafy vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Green vegetables also increase your metabolism.
6. Increase your fibre intake
Eating fibre-rich foods will help get your digestive system back on track, which has a direct impact on food absorption. Fibre also keeps you fuller for longer, reducing cravings and the chance that you will give in to cravings.
7. Eat regularly
Breakfast is the most important and should not be missed, however, it is also important to keep your metabolism going by eating every three or so hours. Eat clean, balanced, nourishing meals that contain healthy fats, protein and some low GI carbohydrates.
These are just a few ways you can detox after an indulgent holiday. Follow these detox methods for a week before jumping back into your routine, and you will feel and see the difference!
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