After-Easter Detox

May 05, 2017

If you’re like most people out there (including myself) you may have indulged a little over the Easter long weekend. I admit I was lazy when it came to meals over the weekend, and while I actually didn’t binge too much on chocolate, I definitely overdid it on the hot cross buns though. Toasted hot cross buns with butter… not terribly healthy but irresistible!

You might feel tired and bloated today.. with your overconsumption of delicious buns and chocolate, you may be thinking of how to recover from the weekend and set your body up for a healthy week.

Here’s what I am doing to cleanse my body:

Drink plenty of water.

I’m making sure I drink about 2 litres of water today to flush out all the toxins from the high sugar and saturated fat intake over the weekend from all that chocolate, ice cream and hot cross buns (yes, I didn’t mention before but I did pig out on ice cream too…).

Drinking lots of water makes me feel more refreshed, energetic and ‘clean’. I find I’m more likely to choose healthier meals and snacks if I’ve been drinking water compared to when I’ve had coffee or am a bit dehydrated. So water not only helps me flush out the bad I took in over the weekend, but helps me reset and stick to a healthier plan from now.

 

Burn some calories.

Although I’m very lucky and that Easter binge won’t haunt my hips or bum, I like to exercise more for the higher calorie intake I consumed anyway. Excess calories do make us gain weight, and we will definitely want to do some cardio, strength training or both to burn those Easter eggs and hot cross buns off.

 

Release tension.

I feel like I did a lot of sitting around over the weekend so this morning I stretched out all the muscles in my body and released built-up tension with about half an hour of yoga at home.

Make sure you concentrate on your breathing while practising yoga to get the most out of each pose; releasing inner tension, calming the mind and getting lots of oxygen around your body to freshen and awaken yourself, as well as optimising your body’s natural toxin-eliminating processes.

Also, after eating lunch I just sat, closed my eyes for a bit and breathed. I concentrated on deep, even breaths for calming and relaxation. Meditation and deep breathing help to relieve stress and make you more able to solve problems and be more productive at work, so it’s something you should do every day during your break.

 

Sleep.

Getting a good amount of quality sleep is really important for optimal metabolism, energy and brain function. I’m much more likely to eat sugary foods when I haven’t had enough sleep, or to eat a quick unhealthy meal when I’m feeling too tired to bother chopping veggies.

So I’m making an effort tonight to go to bed earlier and get a good amount of sleep. After a few late nights I might have to do some meditation or light reading before going to bed to help me sleep, and I’ll have to make sure I don’t have dinner too late because it’s always difficult to go to bed and sleep well with a belly full of food.

Also, as an aside… now that Easter’s over there will be lots of eggs and chocolates on sale… DON’T BUY THEM!!

We’ve had our little binge over Easter and now it’s time to get our bodies clean, healthy and happy again. Continuing to eat eggs creates a habit and desire to keep eating chocolate and sugary sweets.

Just avoid the confectionery section altogether. *wink*




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