START THE NEW YEAR OFF WITH A GOOD CLEANSE!
Now that the holidays and New Year’s are past, we really need to clear out the year’s end’s effects. This cleanse is meant to promote mental and physical balance to set you on a path of health and happiness.
A cleanse doesn’t mean starving yourself or only drinking green juices. It’s all about refreshing the body by eating lighter amounts of clean foods which are rich in nutrients.
If your body is used to a routine, the addition of fats or sugars will take a toll on you. Such foods become difficult for your body to process and end up causing negative health impacts which results in the gastrointestinal symptoms that follow. Toxins can be a real trouble and that’s why your immediate goal should be to cleanse these toxins by detoxing and eating clean.
How to Detox
Intermittent fasting is where you eat within a certain time window. Start your eating clock at, let’s say, 9am and stop eating by 7:30pm. The closer to sunset you stop eating, the faster your body will rebound and metabolize to help you burn fat and lose that extra weight you ate through the Christmas weekend.
Choose smart nutrients
Make sure you make wiser food choices in the week to come. Load up on fiber like whole grains i.e. quinoa, brown rice and lean protein sources such as egg, chicken and legumes. They’ll keep you energetic and satiated, and will help detoxify by stimulating the gastro colic reflex which will help normalize bowel movements too.
Water is the most important ingredient when it comes to good health. It carries nutrients to the cells, aids digestion and flushes out toxins. Drink at least 2liters of water.
Foods to skip
Avoid foods like added sugars, processed foods, refined carbohydrates and alcohol.
Any kind of exercise such as running, walking, cycling or swimming for at least 30 minutes. Exercising will get your body moving, heart pumping and lungs breathing deeply, ensuring your whole body is well-functioning.
Focus on balance
It’s important to enjoy life even through the holidays. Try to stick to the 80/20 rule where you stay focused and on top of your routine 80% of the time and enjoy and splurge 20% of the time. A few quick changes to your eating and wellness routine will get you refreshed and ready for the New Year