After all the booze-ing, binge-ing and forgotten resolutions, what better way to shake off the post-new year blues than with a cleansing detox? If you're not into hardcore "veggie only" regimes, then here are a few tips on how to get healthy, easily!
Go with the plan that works best for you
If you’re feeling tired, drained, stressed or just generally icky, then maybe it’s time you gave yourself a detox! We’ve still got a whole year ahead of us, so this is probably the best time to get back into shape- and revatilise your body, mind and spirit!
But don’t worry, we’re not talking about those detox diets with a “7-day fruit and vege only” meal plan that would definitely keep any foodie away! A detox plan doesn’t have to be so hard, it’s just about incorporating certain foods and activities into your diet and here at Friedchillies we’ve come up with 5 useful tips on how you can detox without giving up your favourite foods!
Get a good dose of old-fashioned H20!
Water is the primary ingredient of any detox plan. It not only helps to flush the toxins out of your system, but it also rehydrates your body. The fact is, although you might not feel thirsty, most of the time our bodies are dehydrated, especially if you tend to drink a lot of coffee or alcohol. By drinking 2 litres of water a day, you help cleanse your kidney and replenish lost fluids, which lead to higher energy levels, better skin and even a leaner body!
Try this: If you are the type that always forgets to measure your daily water intake, just make a point of filling up two 1.5litre mineral water bottles (or buy ‘em!) every day and keep it handy while at home or work, and make sure that the water is finished by the end of the day!
Avoid certain foods!
Ok, we’re not telling you to give up Nasi Lemak! Just go slow on things like fast food, junk food, red meat and other types of food that are hard for the body to digest. When your body spends less time and energy processing the stuff you eat, it can take a breather and concentrate on healing itself better. Eating a lot of processed foods also increases your risk of diabetes, obesity and heart problems. And if you’ve ever wondered why your bowel movements aren’t very regular, eating too much of these types of foods could be the culprit!
Try this: If you are a big fan of processed foods, try the low fat, sugar-free or salt-free alternatives to your favourite snacks. This way you can still enjoy them with less guilt! When going for fast-food, don’t go straight for the value meal option, try to limit yourself to either a burger with mineral water and forgo the fries and soda, or vice versa.
Out with the processed, in with the fiber!
Now you know what to eat less of, next let’s take a look at what you should be eating more of! Fiber is the magical word in a great detox plan. Foods like Avocados, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, wholemeal bread, strawberries and papayas are great sources of fiber, and the list goes on! The benefits of eating foods that are high in fiber are endless, from deterring ailments like haemorrhoids, to combating the risk of high cholesterol, high blood sugar, obesity, colon cancer and heart disease.
Try this: If you are unsure of which foods offer the most fiber, just go to search engines like google.com and search for “High-fiber foods” and you will find many sites that offer extensive lists. When shopping, go for the whole wheat or wholegrain option of rice, pasta or bread. Go to places like Tesco that offer their home brand of wholewheat pasta, which is much cheaper than the kind sold in health stores and tastes really yummy too!
Sweat it out!
I know everyone dreads this, but exercise is still the best way to go! And the main objective of exercising in a detox plan is to flush out all the toxins in your body through sweat. It also makes your heart beat faster and increases the speed of your blood flow- think of it as warming up the engine of your body so that it can run smoothly, and last longer! However, remember not to overdo it! During a detox plan the best type of exercises are those that fall within the ‘fat burning zone’, such as brisk walking or running. High-intensity workouts could be too strenuous for your body during the detox process, as your body is in the process of self-healing.
Try this: If the idea of going to the gym is equivalent to a nightmare for you, try to get a group of friends together and organize certain activities 2-3 times a week like walking in the park, cycling or even fun things like a Dance Dance revolution show-down! Another great way to break a sweat is to just put on some really good dance tunes in the privacy of your own home, and shake your booty!
Sweat it out...part II!
If your disregarded tip 4 because your eyes just glazed over at the very sight of the word ‘EXERCISE’..then this tip is for you! Spa’s and saunas work just as well in your aim to break a sweat, and everyone loves a little pampering once in awhile! A sauna treatment helps to remove the toxins and relax your body, while a detox spa treatment rejuvenates the body and senses, especially when coupled with a stress relieving massage...aaah that feels good!
Try this: Before beginning a detox spa treatment, get a total body scrub. This scrub will exfoliate your skin and lift the dead skin cells so that your body is able to absorb the nutrients from your spa treatment better. If you can’t afford spa prices, try this home hydrotherapy treatment; take a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes. The result!? Instant rejuvenation!
There are so many different ways that you can approach a detox plan, but the most important thing is to go with the plan that works best for you. A detox plan should not be soo difficult or traumatic; it should be a time when you concentrate on being good to your body, a sort of payback for all the abuse and hard work it has gone through! And always set realistic goals for yourself, so that at the end of your 1 month detox, you can rightfully reward yourself with a slice of cake! Happy detox-ing!