3 Ways To Detox from A Holiday Season Hangover
If you are reading this article, chances are you over-indulged in some way between Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Amongst the rich pastries, decadent foods and alcohol consumption, you likely also had plenty of parties and celebrations to attend, maybe even host.
As nice as it is to be amongst our friends and family and eat lavishly, these gatherings sometimes end up being a bit toxic on many different levels, leaving you feeling like you are emerging from a “holiday season hangover.” If any of this rings true for you, a physical and mental detox may be in order.
1. Whenever taking a step for a healthier life, mind or body, always start with your physical state. Since what we eat has an impact on how we feel physically, it is important to begin with your body.
- Avoid overly processed, sugary, and gluten filled foods, as these have been shown to negatively affect your mood, blood sugar levels and overall health. Also, avoid caffeinated and artificially flavored drinks.
- Decide on whether you want to do an aggressive detox or a slow and steady one with solid foods. Whichever method you choose, start your mornings off with a cup of room temperature H2O and half a squeezed lemon. If you want to do an aggressive detox, I recommend a 3-10 day juice cleanse. If you are not familiar with juicing recipes, check out the FitLife.tv archives for some inspiration. If an all juice cleanse is unmanageable, start with a fresh juice in the morning (after your lemon water) then eat lots of whole, plant based foods that are known for their detoxing qualities (more on that next).
- Now it’s time to go shopping. You will need a list of detox foods to add to your diet. A few of my favorites are kale, chard, broccoli, garlic, parsley, cilantro, avocado, ginger, lemon and cucumbers. You will also find plenty of resources for detox food recipes online, at your local library and bookstore.
- Finally, add a quality probiotic to assist in healthy digestion. 20-50 billion CFU’s (colony forming units) is best, more is okay too! Take this first thing in the morning, alone or with a small meal, 1 hour before any other supplements. This helps repopulate your healthy gut flora, which becomes depleted over the course of your life due to food, toxins, pesticides, stress, illness, antibiotics and more. This is something to take every day, for the rest of your life.
2. Practice Yoga. Yoga has become a popular “go-to” for many issues such as stress, weight loss, physical injuries and more. There is a lot of yoga poses used specifically for detoxing, which most certified yoga instructors can help you master. I recommend searching for yoga studios in your area and starting with a level 1 class. Go online or ask around. Chances are you know someone (or they know someone) who goes to a yoga studio.
Additionally, most gyms offer yoga in their group activity classes these days. When you take to a yoga class, whether in a studio or at a gym, make sure you ask your instructor for poses used specifically for detoxing and digestion. You’ll be surprised at how many there are!
Most yoga instructors are very helpful and knowledgeable, so don’t be shy. If money is tight, clear some space on your living room floor and go to YouTube.com. You will find a lot of guided yoga videos for all areas of interest. And check out more info on FitLife.tv! Namaste.
3. Meditate and/or Pray. A lot of you may be wondering, ”What does meditation and/or praying have to do with detoxing?” Remember what I said about family interactions during the holidays and recovering from a hangover? Meditating and/or praying can help you rejuvenate and reconnect with yourself. Both can help reduce stress, help you think more clearly, forgive yourself and others and more importantly, bring peace back into your life. Note: These suggestions are not for severe dysfunctional family relationships. If you find that you have family-related wounds, then it may be in your best interest to find a licensed counselor and/or therapist to begin the healing process.
I hope these suggestions were helpful. I wish you a beautiful time of cleansing, both physically and mentally! Remember that we all need to detox every once in a while in order recharge, regroup and be the best version or ourselves.
Doris Dahdouh has a Master’s Degree in social work and has helped counsel children and help families since 2001. In 2012, she became very ill due to a hormonal imbalance and autoimmune disorder. Doris was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) many years ago and was treated with mainstream medicine which did not help her. She hit rock bottom before finding refuge in holistic living, by juicing, going gluten free and eating clean, organic, whole foods. Over the past couple of years, Doris has educated herself on a healthy lifestyle by reading information by Dr. Joel Furhman, Drew Canole, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Josh Axe, Vani Hari (a.k.a. Food Babe) and more.
Doris is enrolled to become a certified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is very excited to help others achieve their best by combining her psychoanalytic skills and what she hopes to learn in the health coaching certification program. With a heart for others, she is eager to continue assisting as many people as possible towards optimal health.
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