“Get-together => Eat => Repeat” is like a ritualistic daily routine to most people during festive seasons. Be it Raya, Deepavali, Christmas or Chinese New Year.
Although it brings in a lot of joy, most people tend to over-indulge in such eat-together activities which leads to devastating effects to their health.
The Calorie Control Council estimates that the average holiday meal contains 4,500 calories, which breaks down into a 3,000-calorie main course with an extra 1,500 calories from the snacking and drinking before and after.
That results in an average weight gain of one pound for every meal! While that doesn’t sound like a lot, if you have a number of feasts or a continuous long holiday period, that can really add up.
Now that we’ve started a new year, it’s a good time for a fresh start. And that means getting back to healthy foods and healthy routines again. Here’s tips for an effective post-holiday detox that can help you rebound, physically and mentally.
Good ‘ol PLAIN WATER
- The best way to initiate natural detoxification is by good ol’ plain water. Water keeps the body healthy, bringing oxygen and nutrients to all the cells and organs. It also helps by:
- Regulating digestion. Water helps to dissolve and transport waste as it leaves the body, which can prevent constipation after a large meal.
- Keeping the kidneys healthy. The kidneys are a large component of the detox process. They remove excess waste and fluids from the body, while also regulating levels of sodium and potassium. In other words, kidneys are hard at work after holiday meals. Water keeps them functioning properly so the body can properly eliminate what it does not need for nourishment.
- Helping the body absorb vitamins. Certain fatty foods, like dairy and meat (see the platter of butter, milk, turkey, and holiday roasts), all contain B vitamins, which are water-soluble. Drinking more water helps the body pull every last vitamin out of that big meal.
Notwithstanding, water in and of itself is not a potent detoxification trigger. Just drinking water could probably not be the best way to dissolve thick mucus, fat, stones and other forms of calcification/crystallizations of toxins.
MOVE.. MOVE.. MOVE!
Studies show that even a short walk can increase bone density and cardiorespiratory fitness (the term for measuring how well the heart and lungs transport and use oxygen). Not only can you literally sweat out any lingering toxins in your cells, but physical activity is the key to shedding extra KGs that may have packed on over the holidays.
The new year is just as good a time as any to try a new workout routine, too. If you don’t want to join a gym, you can also get in sessions at home. Use your own stairs as a climber machine, check out instructor-led videos on our YouTube channel, or try a medicine ball workout to improve strength and put core muscles to work. The Bent-Knee Crunch with a Twist in particular may be just the move you need if you’re still feeling full.
Eat Cleansing and Wholesome Foods
Cleansing foods are foods that trigger cleansing of your system. Salads, Vegetable/Fruits smoothies, Soups etc. are cleansing foods.
Wholesome food are food that are dense in nutrients while at the same time satisfy the palette and stabilises the emotional state.
A body’s mechanics only work as well as the fuel put into it, so giving it all the tools it needs to recover depends on what you eat. Here are some suggestions for how to fill up your daily meals as you begin the post-holiday comedown.
Smoothie at Breakfast
Instead of having your ‘traditional’ breakfast meal, try a nutritious smoothie. Blend together:
- Super Green Powder Blend (Like ‘Juvo™’; available in Heal Within™)
- Coconut Meat
- Raisins/Sultanas/Cranberries/ElderberriesThis smoothie is a cleansing AND wholesome food.
Juicing is the best thing you can do to your system to cleanse and nourish it at the same time. There are various combinations of fruit and vegetable juices that you can combine to get a flour of choice. Just keep in mind not to juice just high sugar fruits. Too concentrated sugar is not beneficial. Try this combination:
- Green Apple / Beet-root
- Lime / Lemon
- Sea Salt
Limit nighttime eating strictly to dinner
The problem with nighttime eating in most people’s pattern is not just seen in their dinner plate but in the snacks prior and after dinner.
Mindless snacking quickly leads to eating more calories than the body needs. Grabbing something small while making dinner, having a bit of dessert, and getting in that last nighttime snack before bed all leads up to a surplus of calories. In fact, just making this one adjustment can significantly help you shed the extra weight gain.
By consciously limiting nighttime eating to dinner, it helps to overturn the behavior of overeating, which is so frequently encouraged during the holidays. The rule of thumb is to eat just what the body needs—and not everything the eye wants—to help detox from all the festive overindulging.
Getting enough sleep is also important. A lack of sleep can cause the body undue stress and slow down metabolism, so getting the right amount of shut-eye is vital to helping recuperate from the holidays. If you need some ideas for ways to help get to sleep earlier, try limiting caffeine intake, adjusting the temperature in the bedroom, or exercising before bed.