It’s the holiday season and that means cookies and butter and pie, yay!
It’s hard to imagine depriving yourself of those delicious holiday treats, but with so choices around, it’s hard not to overindulge.
The morning after a holiday is rough, and usually promise ourselves, never again. But…tis the season. So how do you detox after holiday feasts?
If you’re having a hard time committing to your diet over the holidays, you’re not alone. Food is a lifestyle not a diet. The good news is you don’t have to be perfect to maintain your weight over the holiday season. Try following these simple detox tips after each yummy holiday meal and start the new year fresh and ready to finally achieve your health and fitness goals.
How Detoxing Works
There are a lot of misconceptions that surround detox diets. From crash diets that freak your body out and only make the problem worse to flushing without replenishing the system, fad detox diets are everywhere.
It’s important to note that detoxing doesn’t mean starving, nor does it mean you’re performing a flash sale on your digestive system. For a detox to be successful, you have to remove the bad toxins, keep the good bacteria, and fill the freed spaces with nutrients.
Completely cutting fats and sugar after feasting all holiday season can hurt you more than help you. In fact, research has shown that our body can get addicted to these components and go through withdrawals when we quit cold turkey.
Fasting has been used for centuries to help people “lighten up” after a long winter and has been known to give the faster some mental clarity akin to enlightenment. Although we can’t promise a spiritual experience, we can assure you that a few days of careful fasting will help you detox after that big Thanksgiving dinner.
There are over 100 trillion microorganisms from about 400 different species living in a healthy gut, and maintaining them and their environment helps your body efficiently absorb all of the good stuff and eliminate the bad.
Though you can get a lot of probiotics from food sources, it might be worthwhile to take a probiotic supplement over the holidays to give your body that extra boost.
When this reaction happens without an actual threat—which occurs a lot in today’s safe but stressful society—your body simply stores fat and stops burning calories. Yikes! To get your metabolism back on track after a stressful situation, take some deep breaths.
Breathing deeply activates the vagus nerve, which calms the body and brain and jumpstarts those fat-burning processes again. Just five slow, deep breaths can help to reignite your metabolism.
Also, sugary drinks don’t make you feel full, even though they’re the single biggest source of sugar calories in most people’s diets. Not only do you never fill up on sugary drinks, your body craves it more and enters a vicious cycle of sugar indulgence.
Skip the sodas and fancy coffees this holiday season and switch to water, tea, and black coffee to help your body detox after a sugar-filled season.
Try going for a walk after meals to help clear glucose from the bloodstream and help oxygenate your organs so digestion goes smoothly.
Reach for healthy fats, such as those found in protein-rich foods like nuts and omega-3-rich fish. Other fat-smart foods include avocados, coconut butter, and extra virgin olive oil. When you feel a sweet tooth craving coming on, try to satiate it with these alternatives and you can keep the pounds from piling on over the holidays
Has had Hashimoto's for 13 years. I am passionate, I live and breathe, helping you to overcome your struggles with weight, stress, and chronic health issues.