Christmas has come and gone but likely, you’re still feeling a bit groggy and gluttonous from all the overindulging this holiday. Don’t wait until the New Year to get back into shape. Reset your body now. Learn how below!
Step 1: Post-Christmas Cleanse
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After all the carbs, fats, and sugars, this is the perfect time for a cleanse. Your body needs a reset once in a while in order to get back to working form. An easy start to cleansing is to begin each day with a cup of filtered warm water with a splash of lemon juice. Warm lemon water hydrates your body without shocking it like cold water does and is a fantastic detoxifier. Avoid alcohol and caffeine for the duration of your cleanse. Incorporate teas and herbal drinks instead. Tea is chockfull of antioxidants, great for a cleansing body!
To get rid of the toxins, drink a glass of REAL cranberry juice each day (not the cocktail stuff). It’s highly detoxifying and flushes out bladders, kidneys, and prostate glands. A good solution to holiday alcohol over-consumption.
In terms of food, take a break from heavy, rich or processed foods. Introduce veggie and fruit heavy diets with limited consumption of red meats and starchy products, essentially, a Mediterranean diet. Smoothies, juices, and soups are also fantastic meal replacements for a cleanse.
Step 2: Get Your Exercise On
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No need to start training for a marathon or anything but with the extra calories having been consumed over the past month or so, it’s a good idea to give it an outlet. Burn calories and get your metabolism kicking again with exercises like yoga and pilates. It’s a slow start but the main objective is just to get started.
Step 3: Get Your Beauty Rest
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Sleep is essential for your health and well-being, particularly after a period of running around, hectic schedules, erratic plans, generally speaking… all around holiday stress. Make this as an important aspect of your holiday detox plan. Get to bed young lady!
There you have it, a post-Christmas detox plan that’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Don’t wait till 2014 to bounce back into healthy form. Start slow and start now with this easy 3 step process. It’s a great kickstart that’s simple to stick to!