Post-Holidays Detox

Hey Everyone,

Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone, and with that we welcome the all-familiar new year resolutions! One thing I always start off the new year with is a cleanse to get me feeling better from the abuse of alcohol and excess food of the holidays. Cliché I know, but admit it – we all go through this!

The below is what I usually do for a couple days or so (approx. 5 days) to get all recharged and feeling healthy and energetic again. This may, or may not work for you, however in principle, this is quite a generic kind of cleanse that is healthy to do for a few days, given you do not have any health or medical issues.

All day: A good amount of water – at least 2-3 litres, in addition to herbal teas; about 4 cups a day. Green and white teas are best, and ideally with no sugar added! 😉

Breakfast: 1-2 large glasses of water with freshly squeezed lemon. This is perfect for cleansing and getting your metabolism up and running. This usually follows with 1 banana – a good source of energy and vitamin K (potassium), which is helpful in avoiding leg cramps which could occur when detoxing as you may lose body salts and minerals if also exercising.

Detoxing with lemon water

Detoxing with lemon water

Snack: More fruit! Nothing is more cleansing and healthy than this. I try to stick to citrus fruit – not only are these high in vitamin C, but they also contain a high amount of water which helps keep you full. My favourites are grapefruit, especially the pink ones, and pomelos or oranges if I feel like something a little sweeter. Kiwis are also another favourite. I have about 2 fruits mid-morning.

Lunch: A large bowl of home-made vegetable soup. This need not be boring! Actually it’s quite comforting to have during the cold months – if you can stay away from the hot crusty bread with butter though! 😉 I usually make a green vegetable soup (marrow, spinach, broccoli or pea) or an orange one (carrot or pumpkin).

In normal circumstances I’d include a stock cube and a bit of bacon, but as it’s a cleanse I try to do away with these. Sad, I know. However, I keep in mind this is for 5 days only.

Making easy-peasy detox vegetable soup:

  • Chop up and lightly fry 1 onion in a small amount of light cooking oil. This is where you could add about 2-3 slices of chopped back bacon if you wanted for added flavour.
  • Clean and chop up your vegetable of choice. How much you include obviously depends on you, however on average I’ll use say 1 ready supplied box of fresh carrots, or 6 large marrows, 250g frozen spinach/broccoli. You decide…
  • Then add just enough water to exactly cover the vegetables – not much more as it will be too watery.
  • Leave to boil and cook on a low heat for about 30 minutes.
  • Once cooled, liquidize to get a healthy thick, creamy vegetable soup.

Snack: Yes, more fruit! I usually go for something with a bit of a crunch to keep me full, so I tend to grab an apple or a pear here. Both contain pectin, which will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Detox your body

Detox your body

Dinner: For the first two days I try to stick with the vegetable soup, however if this is just too difficult to do then just skip to my 3rd day dinner, which would be a serving of fish or lean poultry with a large serving of steamed or lightly cooked vegetables – anything goes, just no potatoes if possible.

I know this isn’t the most exciting of eating plans, however this is just what works best for me to get me back on track and feeling healthy and energetic again – besides it’s only for about 5 days. Adding exercise of course helps too! 🙂

Wondering what to do once this detox is over?

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