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Tips for bouncing back from holiday excess
No matter how healthy we are the rest of the year, most of us tend to loosen the reins a bit (or a lot) during the holidays. It is possible to enjoy the season of endless indulgences and still feel energized.
1. Start the day with hot water and lemon.
This is a great way to rise everyday of the year. It works wonders for your digestive system, especially if you “indulged” the night before. It will help to boost your immune system, balance you ph levels, and stimulate the elimination of toxins from your body.
2. Hydrate all day long.
Keep a water bottle by your side and drink lots of water throughout the day (minimum 2 liters). When you’re feeling low energy from having too much sugar, alcohol or turkey stuffing, fuel up on H2O, rather than coffee, which is dehydrating, to rejuvenate every cell of your body and help flush out your system.
3. Give your digestive system a break.
It’s important to give your body time to break down and assimilate a meal before you consume the next one. Even more time is required if you “feasted”. Give your digestive system a break after a decadent evening with a 12-14 hour fast (if you finished eating at 8pm, don’t eat again until 8am or 10 am), then drink smoothies and eat soups through out the day to give your whole system a rest. Make them yourself and add lots of detoxifying veggies, such as dark leafy greens to your smoothies and garlic and onions in your soups.
4. Move your body & break a sweat
Exercise is one of the best ways to feel better quickly. It pumps feel-good endorphins through your body, and helps your body release not-so-good feeling toxins. Go for a run, bike ride, long walk, or practise yoga (twists and inversions are especially cleansing). Break a sweat to further flush out toxins. This will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed quickly.
5. Forgive yourself. Really.
Enjoy yourself, have fun, balance it out with some extra self-care, and let it go. Most of our over indulgence suffering comes from wishing we hadn’t done it. So breathe, release yourself from any guilt, and get your self outside for some fresh air and exercise.
Chantal Russell is a registered holistic nutritionist; visit www.chantalrussell.com. For yoga and nutrition lectures, visit www.bowenislandyoga.com