Now that Christmas is over, I have a serious case of the post-holiday blues. I’m not only sad the holidays are over, but I’m feeling the repercussions from too many delicious holiday drinks. My energy is down, my skin is less hydrated and my pants are just a bit too tight—yikes!
So I’ve decided to start a mini “detox” before we head to New York for NYE. I think the word “detox” makes many people nervous because it often suggests little food with a lot of restrictions, however that’s not how I detox.
By definition a detox is “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances,” so I’ve come up with a plan to rid my body of the toxins I’ve accumulated from the holiday season, and deprivation simply isn’t one of them!
So if I haven’t scared you off with the mention of a “detox,” check out my list of the 9 Ways To Detox After The Holidays.
Drink More Water
I know we have all heard it time and time again, “drink water to hydrate,” but just how much water should you be consuming everyday? For a long time experts have said you need “eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily,” but it turns out this statistic varies depending on who you are, your activity levels and what other foods/drinks you consume that contribute to your daily water intake.
The Institute of Medicine reports men 19 years and older need 3.7 liters or 15.6 cups daily while women ages 19 and older need 2.7 liters or 11.4 cups daily. These numbers include foods we consume that may be high in water content as well. Unsure what those foods are? Check out these lists for high water content veggies and fruits.
Think that number seems way too high? I would recommend you get a reusable water bottle like this one you can refill to help you get in those crucial ounces.
Think water is boring by itself? Flavor it with all natural citrus fruits or flavorful veggies to help you consume more water throughout the day.
Which brings me to my second tip….
Add Lemon To Your Water
Drinking a glass of luke warm lemon water every morning before breakfast helps aid in digestion and detoxification because lemon juice is similar, atomically, to your digestive juices. The juice actually tricks your liver into producing bile which helps move food into your GI tract and facilitates digestion.
Lemons are also so important for boosting collagen which we all know is so important for maintaining youthful looking skin. Want to know more about lemon’s benefits, check out my earlier article 5 Tips For Healthier Skin.
I know I said there wouldn’t be any depriving yourself, but I lied!
Restricting alcohol is one of two restrictions that is crucial for a successful detox. So, unfortunately, this rule is a strict non-negotiable.
As you may know, alcohol is full of empty calories which often lead to weight gain, and gaining weight is something you should be trying to avoid while on a detox. Also, alcohol is a hepatotoxin which is a toxin that attacks the good cells in the liver that help detoxify the body. So you can imagine if your building up toxins in the body, it’s going to show in the appearance of your skin.
Alcohol is also known to dehydrate you and we all know dehydrated skin looks more tired and shows wrinkles and fine lines easier. So do yourself, and your skin, a favor and stay away from alcohol while on any detox.
No Sugar or Limit Sugar
This is the other restriction I have during a detox. Limit sugar or restrict it completely! Sugar is not only known to increase belly fat but sugar is also proven to slow you down physically and also decrease brain activity which leads to an extremely sluggish person.
Now I know what you’re thinking, how can you eliminate sugar all together? It’s in everything!
Well check out this list from Dr. Oz for some low sugar foods and kick sugar while your detoxing.
Protein, Protein, Protein
Diets high in protein can often help you tame your hunger and therefore aid in weight loss. While it may not be a quick fix to weight loss, it will often help you to stay away from other foods you should be avoiding when on a detox. It is important to note that you should still be calorie conscious when consuming proteins and that not all proteins are created equal.
So how much protein should you consume? When I am really trying to slim down, I often try to consume around 3/4 to 1 pound of my ideal body weight in grams of protein daily. What exactly does that mean?
Calculations: If a woman wished to weigh 150 lbs, she would want to consume between 112.5 – 150 grams of protein. That is because (3/4 * 150 = 112.5 grams) and (1 * 150 = 150 grams).
You with me?? Okay, good!
So what is the highest protein rich foods? Check out the graph below published by Health Beckon for a few protein ideas.
Get In Your Greens
Kinda sounds like a no-brainer, right? Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories so it’s often a food you can eat as frequently as you like. Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, vitamins A & C and folic acid. They are also a natural source of fiber! Just make sure you don’t coat them in a bunch of ranch dressing or you kind of defeated the purpose of the “healthy snack.”
Don’t enjoy eating your veggies? Consider drinking them. I’m hooked on Suja brand juices, but be careful and read the labels as some Suja juices are high in sugar. Try Suja Uber Greens while detoxing as it has only 6g of sugar in one bottle and is relatively easy to drink.
The hardest habit for me to jump back into after the holiday break is getting back to the gym. I enjoy the way I feel when I leave the gym but it’s often hard for me to get myself to the gym after a long day of work. So, I’ve found it easier to stick to a workout routine if I go in the morning before work.
Studies have proven that those who go to the gym in the morning, before going work, are much more likely to stick to a workout regime long-term. Bonus – studies also show those who work out in the morning are more likely to push themselves harder during the workout, and therefore, they burn more calories. Try dedicating 30 minutes, 4 days a week to working out and it should help you out of your post-holiday slump.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
So if you’ve never tried an ACV drink before you are in for a treat! HA HA HA—I’m totally kidding! This drink is less than pleasant to drink, but the benefits of apple cider vinegar definitely outweigh it’s less than favorable flavor. Apple cider vinegar is not only known for aiding in digestion, but it also aids in weight loss, controls blood sugar, boosts energy, improves immunity, metabolism, hair, bad breath & much, much more. Read more about the benefits of ACV here!
So now that you know why it’s beneficial, how do you drink it? Do yourself a favor and DO NOT drink it straight. It’s worse than warm well tequila, and if you’ve every had this kind of tequila, you know that’s pretty terrible. So take it from me, I’ve tried a few different apple cider vinegar drinks and this one from Tasteaholics is the tastiest I’ve found.
Note: you will want organic, unfiltered, apple cider vinegar like Bragg’s. Not all apple cider vinegar is made equally!
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Stack Up The Pillows
Before going to bed, stack up a second pillow or roll up a towel and place it under your neck to ensure proper circulation. Also, if you can avoid sleeping on your side, it will help prevent fluid from accumulating under your eyes causing extra puffiness.
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Ready to start your detox! First step, make a plan and stick to it. You don’t have to commit to all 9 ideas, you may even have some I haven’t tried. If so, leave me a comment! I would love to know what people do to detox after the holidays.
Now CG and I are leaving for NYC to ring in the new year and I can’t wait! See you guys in 2017!