One too many meat pies, an extra serving of cake and half a bottle of Chardonnay later that familiar feeling of Christmas finally kicks in. What’s a festive feast if you did not indulge a little too much, right? Well, now that the day has past, it’s time to deal with the not so niceties that follow a binge.
A fatty and sugary Christmas meal can leave your digestive system feeling a little bit woozy. Indigestion, bloating and an upset stomach are a few things you might as well start looking forward to if you’ve been naughty at the dinner table. A food binge can also leave you feeling tired and sluggish the next day, and sometimes even the day after that.
If you like us are guilty of all of the above, your best bet out of this slothful rut is to jump on a quick detox cleanse.
To help you get over that food coma and head into a healthier week, we spoke to New York State Dietetic Association spokesperson, Anita Mirchandani. Here’s what she has to say about how you can get back to feeling like your usual self, right in time for the New Year.
According to Mirchandani, if your body is used to a routine, the addition of fats or sugars will take a toll on you. Such foods become difficult for your body to process and end up causing negative health impacts which results in the gastrointestinal symptoms that follow. Toxins can be a real trouble and that’s why your immediate goal should be to cleanse these toxins by detoxing and eating clean.
Allowing yourself to eat clean helps recharge the body to focus on proper digestion.
- Anita Mirchandani
How to Detox?
Here are a few ways suggested by Mirchandani to get you started on your detox plan.
Intermittent fasting is where you eat within a certain time window. Start your eating clock at, let’s say, 9am and stop eating by 7:30pm. The closer to sunset you stop eating, the faster your body will rebound and metabolize to help you burn fat and lose that extra weight you ate through the Christmas weekend.
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Choose smart nutrients
Make sure you make wiser food choices in the week to come. Load up on fibre like whole grains i.e. quinoa, farro, brown rice and lean protein sources such as egg, chicken and legumes. They’ll keep you energetic and satiated, and will help detoxify by stimulating the gastrocolic reflex which will help normalize bowel movements too.
Water is the most important ingredient when it comes to good health. It carries nutrients to the cells, aids digestion and flushes out toxins. So, go ahead, drink up and this time make sure it is just water, plenty of it.
Foods to skip
Try and avoid foods like added sugars, processed foods, refined carbohydrates and alcohol during this week.
Any kind of exercise, whether it’s running, walking, cycling or swimming, make sure you get at least 30 minutes of it. Exercising will get your body moving, heart pumping and lungs breathing deeply, ensuring your whole body is well-functioning.
Focus on balance
It’s important to enjoy life even through the holidays. Try to stick to the 80/20 rule where you stay focused and on top of your routine 80% of the time and enjoy and splurge 20% of the time.
A few quick changes to your eating and wellness routine will get you refreshed and ready for the New Year.
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