It’s almost that time of year again. Time for the lights, the love, and the snow.
And with the holiday celebrations and spending time with family and friends, you may find yourself eating and drinking in ways that break you out of your routine.
I’m a firm believer that it’s important to indulge – not overindulge – in moderation when it comes to food.
Don’t hold yourself back from the things in life that give you enjoyment.
It’s all about balance.
Do and eat the things that make you feel good, and leave the rest.
To prepare for this holiday season, I recommend some minor, daily, incremental pre-holiday detoxing so you can bring your body into balance and feel as good as possible going into a beautiful time of year.
The principles of detoxing can benefit anyone, even if you only integrate some and not all tweaks.
For example, simply eating cleaner when possible and drinking more water will improve your skin, blood sugar, and energy.
Detox vs. Cleanse:
Detoxing involves making nutrition and habit changes to your lifestyle in order to improve your body’s overall ability to do its job releasing toxins and foreign chemicals from your body.
Your liver and kidneys do most of the heavy lifting in this domain. Detoxing is meant to renew your baseline or “normal” of health.
While this blog isn’t about cleanses, they’re a short-term or temporary intervention for cleaning out your digestive system in order to reset and restore your gut health. Cleanses have detoxifying effects.
To detox is to change your lifestyle for the long-term; cleanses are to change your diet temporarily in the short-term.
People who detox are usually interested in some or all of the following benefits:
- Boost energy
- Feel lighter and cleaner
- Decrease cravings
- Experience deeper sleep and clearer skin
- Improve digestion (less gas and bloating)
- Enhance the body’s ability to mobilize and excrete toxins
- Decrease congestion and allergy symptoms
- Uncover food sensitivities
Do this if you want to…
Here are some simple action steps you could take based on the outcomes you want to achieve.
Have clearer skin:
- Drink more water – roughly 2 litres – and listen to your body if it needs more. Drink water in place of other beverages like sugary drinks, sodas, drinks with complicated ingredients and artificial sweeteners, and cow’s milk.
- Drink less coffee where possible. Reduce other forms of caffeine and alcohol.
- Consume healthy fats with omega-3s like avocados, chia seeds, flax seeds, and olive oil.
Eliminate bloating and improve digestion:
- Substitute processed foods for natural whole foods, or foods made from simple ingredients not processed in factories.
- Eating lots of fibre-rich, non-gluten foods like brown rice, quinoa, and buckwheat in place of other more processed carbs.
- Eat complete meals and snacks by ensuring you always include the 3 macronutrients: complex carbs, quality fats, and lean proteins.
- Eat at regular intervals (3 – 4 hours) between each meal or snack in order to keep your blood sugar regular and metabolism running steadily.
I hope this blog gives you plenty of options to choose from that will get you ahead of the holiday season. Use food to make you feel your best.
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