Friday, January 4, 2013

Fitness Friday: Christmas Detox Version

You're probably feeling the full effect of Christmas and New Years, lounging around in your loosest, comfiest pants, making sure to avoid anything that might possibly show the extra bulges you've adopted over the last couple of weeks. Okay, if this isn't you, it's definitely me currently. I didn't go too overboard, but I have been neglecting my usual routines. So I thought I'd share with you (and the poor girl who's stomach is obviously giving her trouble) some tips that might help with that post-Christmas food baby.

Morning detox! I like to start off my day with a mug of hot water and lemon juice to help flush out as many toxins as I can (and to mainly help keep my bloating in check, I bloat just by looking at bread). Leave about 20 minutes before you eat something for the liquids to swish through you.

Breakfast detox! Eat something full of fibre, like oats mixed with a banana and some super-tasty-and-good-for-you blueberries! Or some bran with a banana and some strawberries! Avoid fatty, greasy anything, and don't skip out on eating breakfast either.

Hydrate yerself! Make sure you keep up with drinking warm teas like peppermint or chamomile (which are great for an upset or bloated stomach), or even better, dandelion tea if it's available to you. Keep slurping back water, but nothing chilly as it tends to upset the stomach.

Lunch detox! Keep away from huge amounts of carbs, go for a chicken salad sans the aioli. Eat some pumpkin soup to get those carbs if you need them, pumpkin is great for stocking up on vitamins but also keeping you full. Make sure the pumpkin soup is a homemade one, or one that's from a trusted health food store.

Snack detox! You'll probably find yourself wanting to snack in between your main meals so make sure you keep your desk drawer stocked up with tasty treats such as roasted but salt free almonds, an orange or apple to keep you going, and some plain yoghurt. Keep away from sugar-free yogurts as these are more detrimental than helpful in keeping the sugar levels done and helping you de-bloat and get that earthy bacteria running better in your stomach.

Dinner detox! A slice of salmon cooked in foil with a bit of lemon and rosemary , with a side of sweet mashed potato (such as kumara), and broccoli is just the healthy punch your stomach needs. Make sure you skip out the glass of wine as you are still trying to get your body off to a good start for this year. And no huge dessert either. A couple of blocks of dark chocolate will do.

Don't be ashamed of what happened, the most important thing is that you enjoyed it! You only live once, eh? :)

Is there anything you'd like to suggest that works really well for you when you've overindulged? 

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