The Christmas and New Year season for many people is all about spending time with family and friends. It’s also the time of the year when we socialise a lot more! Many of us overindulge, chowing down at BBQs and drinking more beer and wine in a weekend than we would in an entire month the rest of the year. We know it’s not the healthiest, but hey, it’s Christmas and it only comes once a year. Heading into January you may be feeling tired, bloated, constipated and/or have skin problems. While everything is OK in moderation, it’s great if you have recognised that you have crossed over that line.
The word detox is often associated with eating lots of raw fruits, veggies and water. While healthy, yes, you can’t live on those alone for weeks. You want to make sure you’re getting enough protein, healthy fats, and other essential nutrients. If you don’t, you’ll experience symptoms such as loss of energy, headaches, muscle aches, irritability, and digestive issues.
There’s no need to shock your system and go raw for two weeks. Omit or limit the foods that are high in saturated fat, sugar, and alcohol, and you’ll instantly feel better. Just make the commitment to eat healthy but be sure to allow yourself small indulgences every once in a while. Personally, I’m not a fan of products such as detox drinks that promise amazing internal cleanses and fast weight loss. I think a more holistic approach should be taken to detoxing. Use the start of a new year to start daily detox rituals. Start first with listening to your body and recognising what foods make you feel good and what foods don’t.
Here are 5 ways to kickstart your 2020 detox.
1. Set yourself some goals that centre around your daily detox routines.
A good goal is a healthy, feel great, look good goal. Regular exercise as a part of everyday wellbeing is important. No matter how well you eat, your body will not tone up without some muscle action going on as well. Twenty minutes a day is a good start! Looking for a great 20 minute workout for 2020? Come along and give Metafit or Metapower a go! Your first class is free.
2. Corporate, Friends, Teams….
Research shows that more people stick at exercise when they do it as part of a group. Lots of friendships have started from working out together. Many of us want to be a part of a supportive community where we can hang out with people similar to us, because most of us are social creatures–some less, some more. So get your friends, team or your workplace involved in the health and fitness detox. I can come to your workplace (or you can come to me) so that I can train your team or group of friends!
3. The next place to look of course is your food and drink = diet.
I’m a great fan of vegetables, the more the better. Think of making your plate colourful, this ensures you get a well-rounded base of daily nutrients. Add some good fats and some lean protein to each meal and you have ticked all the boxes! My fruit of choice has got to be berries (any kind) they are a great antioxidant! I limit fruit intake to 1 serving a day as I get all the nutrients I need from vegetables – with the benefit of less sugar.
Fluids, make sure you are drinking plenty of water to help the body flush out the toxins. Most people underestimate the amount of water they need. If you make one change, make it to increase your water – I know you will feel more energised!
If you would like help with your diet and exercise routines I am available for 1:1 via online or face to face consultations.
4. Rest your digestive system occasionally.
Intermittent fasting is becoming very popular and is a great way to shift weight since we eat fewer meals and take in less in a 24-hour period. Several studies show that intermittent fasting may enhance the body’s resistance to oxidative stress and can have positive effects on your hormones. Try the 16/8 method it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between.
5. Try new foods!
Introduce some good gut healing foods like sauerkraut, kefir, yoghurt, miso paste, kombucha tea and many more. These good bacteria foods may improve digestion and boost immunity.