Thanksgiving has come and gone and left us with filled bellies and hearts. We have a little time before the next major holiday, Christmas, as well as some holiday parties that may get in the way of our healthy eating goals. So maybe you need to try a holiday detox!
In this article I am going to share some of my favorite detox methods to help you balance the delicious and frequently indulgent foods that we usually encounter during the holiday season.
Spice it up!
A big contributor to our body working well is ensuring good blood flow as well as good digestion. Adding specific spices to our dishes is an easy way to help regulate our blood flow and digestion. Feel free to start small with a pinch and move at the pace of your own spice tolerance. Below are my most frequently used spices that are also easy to add into your daily meals.
- Jalapeño peppers – Get fresh jalapeño peppers and dice them as small as you can add to your favorite soup or stir-fry. These are great for assisting with digestion.
- Cayenne pepper – Cayenne pepper is great for adding to stews or soups. It will blend right in and you can monitor how much you wish to add.
- Cinnamon- Add to your chai, tea or coffee if you like. Some teas are already flavored but do not be shy in shaking on a little extra cinnamon. Cinnamon helps with blood flow as well helps with lowering blood pressure.
Click here for some other key spices that help you detox as well as their benefits.
Switching to a liquid based meal can give your digestive system a break; allowing it not to have to work so hard. Green smoothies can be wonderful in giving you the nutrients that you need and serving as a meal replacement. Below are some of my favorite green smoothie additions!
- Spinach- Spinach is packed with vitamins and the taste goes unnoticed when blended allowing your more favorable fruit flavors to shine.
- Ginger- I like to add a peeled chunk of ginger to my morning smoothies; this gives a boost in flavor and also helps with digestion.
- Banana – Although they can contain a high level of sugar, bananas in moderation bring everything together by adding smoothness to your green drink.
Click here for an article from the Huffington Post on how to construct the perfect “green smoothie”. This will help to ensure that you are getting a balance of fruit as well as veggies and that you do not feel totally famished after consuming.
No sweets or added sweeteners
Try going a day to a week without sweets (feel free to go longer). Replace the pies with a piece of fruit or your favorite fruit smoothie but remember not to have any sweeteners (no honey, no sugar etc). This will help to retrain your taste buds and will also help to make the next time you have a sweet treat that much more rewarding. To kick it up a notch try eliminating all sweets, even natural fruit. Below are some of my favorite substitutes for processed sweets.
- Dried Fruit – Dried fruit is a great addition and can be a great source of fiber. Add to a handful of seeds and nuts for a great on the go snack.
- Apples – Apples are a great option at the moment as they also provide fiber and can be pretty filling, leaving you satisfied. You can buy a bag of apples at the beginning of the week so that you have an easy to grab snack.
- Pears – At the moment pears are in season and as a result are easier to get local and fresh.
All of these holiday detox methods contribute greatly to rebalance your body after eating all the holiday foods. These can also be used throughout the year to give your body a needed re-up.
Do you have a holiday detox routine that you use after having a major indulging meal? Share with us in your comments below. Try out the suggestions in this article and let us know how they worked out.
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