Are you feeling the guilt of the holidays yet? Overeating and drinking too much is just a normal thing for us during the festive season. But when the family and friends are gone, we feel toxic and lethargic. Here are 5 simple holiday detox and weight loss tips for you.
1. Drink plenty of water
Your detoxifying organs have been working overtime during the holidays. Your liver and kidneys are probably still trying to filter out toxins from the food and drinks you consumed. Being fully hydrated is essential for your holiday detox because it helps to eliminate the excess waste from the body. You must make an effort to drink a lot of water throughout the day to help flush those toxins out. Start your day with a litre of body temperature water, and carry a bottle with you at all times. Prepare detox teas with lemon, ginger, chamomile, rose hips, burdock root, nettle or Chaga mushroom.
2. Clean your kitchen
If you want to recover from your holidays, you must do a major clean up in your house. This means no booze, no junk! Get rid of all the fattening food in your kitchen: sodas, deserts, chips, cheese or anything that comes with a label. Make sure that there is no temptation for you in the house. Going on a vegan detox diet is a great way to kickstart your cleanse or weight loss program. It will allow you to avoid saturated fats and cholesterol, giving your colon, liver and kidneys a well deserved rest. You will feel lighter and more energized. Just replace the animal products and junk food with healthy food choices, and then watch the numbers on the scale drop!
3. Eat foods to promote detoxification
Eat fruits and vegetables. They are loaded with water and fiber, which is needed to promote healthy bowel movements. Whole plant foods are rich in vitamins and minerals, and yes, they contain protein! Daily, you should eat five portions of veggies, four portions of fruits, three portions of beans and three portions of grains. Don’t forget to eat nuts and seeds for their healthy unsaturated fat content. To make sure you get optimal nutrition, download Dr. Micheal Greger’s free APP “The daily Dozen”, and track what you are eating throughout the day.
Beets are rich in B vitamins, magnesium, iron and potassium, as well as Glycine, which protects the liver and helps flushing out toxins. Researchers also found that beet juice improves athletic performance while allowing muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. (1)
-Beans and rice
Legumes and whole grains are great vegan protein sources. They contain all nine essential amino acids so they are considered a complete protein. Beans, chickpeas and lentils should be eaten every day. They are also a great source of fiber, which helps your digestive system to move out toxins and waste.They make you feel full and help you lose weight.
Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and mustard greens are all part of the cruciferous family. If chewed raw or chopped before cooking, they all provide sulforaphane, a compound that has been shown to boost the liver’s detox enzymes and support the immune system. (2) Cruciferous are also high in vitamin C (more than citrus!), a nutrient known for its cleansing properties and its ability to repair the skin.
4. Exercise daily
Being lazy and physically inactive definitely makes the holiday hangover worst. You need to get movin’ in order to stimulate your lymphatic system and flush all those toxins out. Make sure to exercise daily for at least 45 minutes. Choose a high intensity physical activity such as HIT workout, running, basket ball or weight lifting. Exercising will also stimulate your digestive system and promote regular bowel movements. Most people that are constipated see rapid relief once they start working out. Eliminating old waste makes you feel better instantly. Remember, your holiday detox only starts when you stop being lazy, so get moving!
5. Take supplements
Eating junk during the holidays may have created nutritional deficiencies that are causing your uncomfortable symptoms. Boost your energy levels and your immune system with natural supplements such as B vitamins, magnesium, Coenzyme Q10, and probiotics. They will help you fight the damages from alcohol, the lack of sleep and the stress you had from hosting parties! Studies also show that taking daily probiotic supplements helps with weight loss and keeping the weight off.
Upgrade your holiday detox
If you want to make your holiday detox the ultimate detox, try our 7 day detox and colon cleanse program, and get all the benefits from fasting: Flush your digestive tract, kill candida and intestinal worms (parasites), purify your blood, repair tissues and lose 10 to 20 pounds.
Happy new year!
(1) Bailey SJ, Winyard P, Vanhatalo A, Blackwell JR, Dimenna FJ, Wilkerson DP, Tarr J, Benjamin N, Jones AM. Dietary nitrate supplementation reduces the O2 cost of low-intensity exercise and enhances tolerance to high-intensity exercise in humans. J Appl Physiol. 2009 Oct;107(4):1144-55. Epub 2009 Aug 6.
(2) Vermeulen M, Klöpping-Ketelaars IW, van den Berg R, Vaes WH. Bioavailability and kinetics of sulforaphane in humans after consumption of cooked versus raw broccoli. J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Nov 26;56(22):10505-9.