The holiday season has officially arrived! It’s time for friends, family, and joyous gluttony.
And while the holidays are often filled with cheer and good will, the over indulging and stress can take a serious physical toll on our bodies and digestive tracts.
Below are the components of a simple holiday detox plan aimed at restoring mental and physical harmony, aiding digestion, and supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes. Combine all three areas for the best effect, but even adopting one solution can help make your holidays a little healthier!
1) Slow down and truly taste your food! Chew more and take smaller bites, focusing on enjoying the experience of eating rather than stuffing your face.
2) Moderation is key. Use smaller plates and limit yourself to 1 small helping of whatever tasty treat you crave. For serving sizes, use your hands:
*ONE SERVING OF CARBS: a clenched fist
*ONE SERVING OF PROTEIN: the size of your palm
*ONE SERVING OF FATS (butter, salad dressing, cream cheese, etc.): a thumb
3) To improve functioning of every body system, eat a whole-foods only diet between gatherings.
In other words: yes to fruits, veggies, nuts, and beans. No to anything processed, including oil.
4) Limit/eliminate alcohol and drink lots of water. Feel free to indulge in rooibos, tulsi, green, or white tea.
HERBAL HELPERS & MORE
1) Drink a liver tonic daily. Simply make a decoction of Bupleurum, a potent liver supporter, by boiling the roots in water for 20-30 minutes. Strain and drink up to 3 cups a day.
2) Make a liver, digestive, and mood enhancing tea by combining Rooibos, Marshmallow Root, Licorice, St. John’s Wort, and Lycium (berries, not root). Steep in boiling water for at least 10 minutes and drink up to 3 cups a day.
3) Take a hot bath or rest in a sauna. The sweating helps remove wastes and improves circulation to the skin.
4) Take a shot of raw apple cider vinegar each morning. It helps to decrease body acidity, which promotes proper functioning of all bodily systems.
1) Make a new family tradition: a long stroll after holiday meals. Walking for just 10 minutes after eating increases digestive efficiency and calorie burn by over 10%.
2) Get out into nature! Take family and friends on an exploratory hike, snow-shoeing adventure, or leisurely bike ride. You’ll reduce the effects of stress on your body, burn off some of that Christmas ham, and bond with your loved ones.
3) Help with food prep and house cleaning. Instead of sitting in front of a television, make a concerted effort to move your body and stand throughout the day. You’ll improve circulation of blood and lymph and improve metabolic functioning.