If the Silly Season gets you in its grasp, make sure you get back on track early in 2018.
As disciplined as I am with my diet, even I tend to let go a little overboard at Christmas time – they don’t call it the silly season for nothing. But I often pay the price for my overindulgence with less energy that normal and poor focus. So January is all about getting back on track and generally after just a few days, I’m feeling a lot more like my old self.
Where to start… Let’s face it, life is full of ups and downs, good days and bad ones too. To maintain a healthy mind and body is to be true to yourself – to find that 90/10 balance and to be able to recognise and rebalance when you do get out of sorts.
So start by identifying what needs to change eg. I need to cut back/ avoid caffeine
I always recommend to replace an unhealthy habit with a health one eg. have a herbal tea or hot lemon drink when coffee craving hits. Herbal teas also help me when I’m feeling like something sweet.
Commit to making a change and write it down (writing it down makes it all more real). How you implement changes will depend upon your personality type – all at once or one by one, it’s up to you but only do what is attainable and sustainable. If you set the bar too high, you might not achieve what you set out to achieve. No one likes to feel like a failure.
Three tips to get back on track simply:
- Hydrate: Simple, obvious and profoundly beneficial. If you’re feeling like a parched pot plant looks, that is wilted (exhausted and unmotivated), then hydrating will be your saviour. If alcohol and caffeine are your poisons, this becomes even more crucial. Replace them with water, herbal teas (only un-caffeinated) or the occasional coconut water.
- Avoid all processed foods: The best detox involves eliminating all refined grains, sugar, vegetable oils and processed foods from your diet. Basically cut out the crap and try to eat the types of food our ancestors ate. Real food that our body is designed to recognise; food that is more a product of nature, than industry like fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and protein. I like to call this low HI (human intervention) food.
- Love your liver: Your liver bares the brunt of overindulging, especially in alcohol and sugar. If the festive season has left you feeling bloated, frustrated and a tad irritable, your liver is in need of some loving. Lemon juice in warm water first up in the morning is very nurturing. Add a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil and a pinch of turmeric for an extra boost. Increasing your intake of leafy green vegetables like coriander, parsley and broccoli are important. Also, make sure you have a little protein with every meal.
If need be, perhaps enlist the help of a Naturopath or adequately qualified health practitioner for a personalised approach to wellness. Here’s to a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.