After the Holidays and many weeks of heavy eating and reduced physical activity, many of us tend to feel some type of sluggish and slow these days. It’s a totally normal and wonderful part of the Holiday season to engage in great times and celebrations, however, when the party’s done, the cleanup must begin!
Getting back on track with your fitness and diet may be a tough thing to start… but once you get into it, you’ll be back in no time. The wonderful thing about your body is that it remembers your normal state, so the second you get back to your routine, you’ll pick it back up. However, getting that start may be tricky. That’s why a quick detox or change in habits may be helpful in leading you back into your usual way of eating and staying fit. Here are just a few tips on how you can cleanse and detox your body after the Holidays or really any food heavy period in your life.
All That Tea
I’m a firm believer in tea fixing most of your issues. If your body needs a refresh or rebalance, or simply soothing, then a good cup of tea is for you. Tea is the perfect antioxidant, which is much needed after a feast or two. The classic green tea and peppermint are great for bloating, while other more exotic teas help calm and clean your body out. Really, you can’t go wrong with any type of tea. Drinking a few cups a day can help your body get back to feeling well, and also help you curb some of those sweets cravings. Simply reach for a tea whenever you need a snack and see how you feel later. Also, limit your sugar and milk additions, as pure tea itself can be most beneficial to you.
Lower Your Carb Intake First
Excess carbs are stored as fat in your body, so likely over the Holidays we’ve packed some excess carbs in our diet. To begin to get back on track, lower your bread and pastas and other heavy carbs and simply focus on foods which contain less carbs. You can eat your meals with less bread at first and then move forward, without giving it all up. Rather than cutting everything out at once, a slow decrease in consumption of certain carbs will help you get back on track and your body restore its energy levels.
One Meal at a Time
Rather then going back 100% on a clean eating diet you were on, you can begin by changing up one meal out of your day to healthy and slowly easing into it. Your body won’t feel as deprived if you gradually substitute one healthy meal in rather than try and go all in from cakes and lasagna to kale and broccoli all day…no one wants to be that miserable! If you eat a breakfast that is rich, then make your lunch lighter, create a small balance to start with.
Stretch it Out
Rather than hitting the gym hard after a short break, try and ease your body into it. Try with a bit of stretching, maybe take a light yoga class and get your body used to physical activity again. Besides, stretching is a great way to get your body feeling lighter and more limber, which helps reduce some of that post Holiday or food ‘heaviness’.
Skip The “Juice Cleanse” fads
While a juice cleanse may seem great in theory, you are only setting yourself up for a higher chance of overeating if you try a cleanse like this after the Holidays or a period of heavy eating. Your body is used to certain amounts of food, so you’ll likely get hungrier quicker and end up binge eating in the middle of your cleanse. Instead, continue to feed your body, but moderate it. Going from 0 to 100 doesn’t quite work in terms of our diet and fitness, it has to be a gradual return to full form, thus avoid anything which restricts food severely in the first few weeks or days.
It isn’t easy to get back into routine after breaking it for a while, but it also isn’t all that difficult. You just have to live your daily life and slowly ease back into healthier habits. All the tips aside, remember to be patient with yourself, this isn’t a race, you’ve got the time.