Feeling bloated, lazy and sluggish after that holiday feast marathon? SAME!
I love the holidays and all the mouth watering food that comes with it, but after nearly a week of stuffing my face with actual stuffing and endless Christmas sweets, I’m feeling like one big giant BLAAAAAAAAHHHHH. So I’ve started my annual post-holiday “detoxing” process and decided to share some of my favourite tips with you. Here’s 7 ways to post-holiday detox:
1. Avoid the sugar plums dancing around your head
Throw out any left over sugary cookies, chocolates, and holiday sweets that will just make you feel even worse. If it’s not there you can’t be tempted and grab it. If you’re living with others who will get mad at you for throwing out all the treats in the house however, there are a few things I often do to compensate.
Number 1) Have a water bottle glued to your side at all times and drink your 8 glasses a day. Staying hydrated decreases cravings for sugary and salty things (for those pesky high sodium party chips and peanuts).
Number 2) Brush your teeth every time you start craving something sweet. For real, try it!
2. Start your day off right
First thing in the morning when you wake up, cleanse your system and drink a glass of hot water with lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Lemon water is said to be good for flushing out toxins in your digestive tract, reducing inflammation and boosting energy. Cayenne is also a good friend to your body when it comes to producing saliva and sweat (essential for detoxing and digestion) relieving intestinal gas, and increasing flow of enzyme production. I always feel instantly better and more energized when I do this.
3. Sweat it out
No surprise here. Exercise is a no-brainer when it comes to beating the post-holiday food babies and hangovers. But it’s not always easy finding the motivation to get back into the gym– especially when you’re feeling bloated and lazy and all you want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix. I prefer a nice hot yoga class where you literally feel yourself sweating out all the toxins and blah-ness of your body without having to move too much. If a heated room is not your idea of fun, go for a long walk or jog with a friend on a local trail in your neighbourhood and enjoy that fresh air.
Your skin is the body’s largest organ and a significant amount of toxins are excreted through the skin. Exfoliating and removing dead skin cells will unclog your pores and make it easier for toxins to escape that may be trapped in the skin. Two of my favourite techniques include either dry brushing with a long wooden handle bristle brush or a nice sugar scrub in the shower. You can make this easily at home with a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil and two to three tablespoons of white or brown sugar. Just scrub your whole body in the shower with the mixture and then I always feel a little less bloated after a heavy meal.
5. Eat this, not that
All about that : Cucumber, bananas, avocado, probiotic yogurt, peppermint tea, fish
Avoid: high lactose foods and dairy products, bread, alcohol
6. Take a shot
A ginger shot, that is. Ginger is well known to be an aid for digestion, anti-inflammation, and soothe an upset stomach. You can get these shots at a local juice bar in your city or make it yourself if you have a juicer at home. Warning though: ginger shots are really spicy so be prepared for that and the totally snapchat worthy face you’ll make after taking! If shots seem extreme to you, just add some grated ginger into your smoothies.
7. Prepare snacks
The majority of the holiday parties have passed but if you have any late family gatherings, potlucks or New Years parties to attend still and you know there’ll be a cheese platter and other temptations, come half full and prepared. Before you go out, snack on some carrots and hummus or a banana and peanut butter so you won’t show up starving and go overboard on the appetizers. This is always a good rule of thumb to go by on the regular as well so you’ll be less inclined to run to the vending machine or buy something junkie when you’re out.
Do you have any tips for beating the bloat or detoxing after the holidays? Leave a comment below 🙂