Christmas is done, the New Year is well on its way and we’re settling back into another year of work and children at school. If you’re back at work you may be already start to think that your holiday was a lifetime away rather than just a few weeks ago.
Holidays are a time to relax and chill, to do things differently and let go of some of our normal routines and practices including dietary choices. No criticism here: that’s what holidays are about.
If you’ve indulged in celebratory glasses of bubbles, a cocktail or two, grazed on party food, munched through BBQ meals, indulged in desserts and snacked on a slice or three of Christmas cake you may be feeling tired, irritable, sluggish, bloated and carrying a kilo or two more than you normally would.
Your body systems are amazing and whilst they have powered through your holiday feasting and drinking it’s now time however to cleanse your body systems of the toxins that have accumulated and give your body a chance to recover.
If you’re feeling less vital and energetic than you normally do, following the simple steps below will get your body back on track and renew your energy and vitality for the year ahead.
Starting today and for the next 7 days
Remove the following ‘nasties’ from your diet:
- Animal meat (if you don’t think you can give up all meat for a week, choose organic white meats and wild caught fish instead of red meat)
- Dairy and soy products
- Refined sugar and sweeteners
- Foods containing wheat and gluten
- Processed and deep fried foods
- Foods containing trans fats and vegetable oils such a canola
- Leafy greens – spinach, kale, silver beet, lettuce, sprouts
- Bitter greens – rocket/arugula, radicchio, dandelion
- Seasonal vegetables – celery, cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, sweet potato, beetroot
- Fresh herbs – basil, mint, coriander, parsley, rosemary
- Fresh fruit – grapes, avocado, bananas, red apples, paw paw/papaya, mango, raspberries, blueberries, pomegranates, kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, (check out my post on healing fruits here)
- Gluten-free grains (quinoa, buckwheat, gluten free oats) and brown rice
- Nuts – almonds, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts
- Seeds – chia, sunflowers, pepitas, flaxseeds, LSA, psyllium
- Lentils, chickpeas
- Spices, ginger and garlic
- Coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil
- High quality, organic white meats, wild caught fish and organic eggs if you feel you can’t eat only plant food for a week
Supplements – Spirulina, barley grass, activated charcoal can be taken to enhance the cleansing process and can be added to coconut water, juice or smoothies
- 1-2 litres (more if the weather is warm) spring/filtered water a day to flush toxins from your liver
- herbal teas – peppermint, chamomile, lemon & ginger, green, dandelion
- coconut water
- At least 30 minutes a day and aim to sweat to remove toxins from your blood and lymphatic systems.
- Consider a session in an infrared sauna where you are guaranteed to sweat – just make sure you drink 1-2 litres of water whilst you are in the sauna
- Sleep 8 hours a day to allow your body to rest, heal and regenerate
- As toxins leave your system, you may find yourself feeling fatigued/irritable/sensitive so acknowledge that you may feel worse for a day or two before you feel better so give yourself additional time and space to rest – a lymphatic massage or a soak in a bath with Epsom salts can help you move through any emotions you may be feeling
Back on Track Menu Ideas
Freshly squeezed juice:
- Cucumber + red apple + fresh ginger + mint
- Carrot + beetroot + orange + ginger
- Celery + spinach + broccoli + apple + lemon
- Celery + kale + cucumber + parsley/coriander + fennel + apple
- Coconut water + banana + blueberries + kiwi fruit + avocado + cucumber + celery + chia seeds + LSA + baby spinach leaves
- Almond/coconut milk + banana + medjool date + blueberries/raspberries + cacao powder
- Almond/coconut milk + mango + banana + mint
Chia pudding made with cinnamon and coconut/almond milk served with banana + blueberries + chopped nuts + shredded coconut
Poached eggs served on gluten free toast with avocado and a green salad or sautéed greens
Moroccan salad – grated carrot, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage + coriander + mint served with dressing (extra-virgin olive oil + cumin + ginger + cinnamon + lemon juice), sprinkled with almonds and currents
Salad with mixed greens + avocado + tomato drizzled with extra virgin olive oil + lemon dressing – serve with grilled salmon/chicken or lentils/poached egg
Mixed roasted vegetables (sweet potato, zucchini, red onion, cauliflower, broccoli) served with quinoa + fresh herbs and drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice or pesto dressing
- Sliced carrot/celery/zucchini/broccoli served with hummus
- Brown rice crackers with hummus / avocado + rocksalt / banana sprinkled with cinnamon
- Small bowl of mixed berries
- Handful raw nuts
If your diet has been high in the nasties you will notice physical and emotional changes in your body as your body systems become cleaner. You may experiences headaches and lethargy which is the result of toxins leaving your body. Stick with the cleaner eating and you will feel better in a day or too. Increase your intake of fluids (water in particular) to help flush the toxins out. Be gentle with yourself: if you feel the need to have a nap, do so. Take a gentle stroll. Enjoy a bath.
For maximum health benefits, I encourage you to eat no animal meats in 7 day cleanse period: your body will be able to detox more efficiently if you do.
After 7 days add the occasional item from the ‘nastie’ food list back into your diet however consume them as treats rather than a daily food choice. Avoid processed and fried foods, trans and bad fats as much as possible as they are inflammatory to your body. Dairy and foods containing gluten are also inflammatory to your body causing bloating, tiredness and brain fog so also consider limiting your intake of these.
As a plant food advocate I would suggest that you eat this way throughout the year to optimise your health.
Until next time, wishing you love, laughter, happiness and health.
Joanna J xo