Back to the grind, guys!
Have you ever come back from a vacation, especially the holidays, and felt so blah? Did you happen to over-eat, not workout, simply not take care of your body, or all of the above? Oh, home-girl, I’m right with ya! I had to figure out how to detox after a vacation because I’m totally in need of a fresh start.
The past couple of weeks during the holiday season, I have completely dismissed any idea of a routine and took the term “vacation” to a whole new level. Cory and I are house-sitting and it’s just been so fun to lounge around and play house. We neglected anything healthy except for a daily 20 minute dog walk around the block.
Well, here I am feeling like complete sh*t from eating 1 (or 10 too many desserts) and immense sleep deprivation. Sometimes I wonder why we put our bodies through this crap. But at the same time, I know that in the moment I was loving every gosh darn single minute of it. So because I was happy with my decisions at one point in time, I don’t really regret my decisions (toooo much).
But I know that I can’t continue to live my live as if I’m still on vacation, which is why finding an easy detox after a vacation is so essential right now. So, let’s get healthy together and be each other’s support systems! 🙂
Start by cutting back on your sugar intake
I’m really not one to go cold turkey when it comes taking sugar out of my diet. When your body is used to all that sugar, it is going to be craving sugar. Reducing the amount you add to food will help your body gradually get used to consuming less sugar. For instance, if you put 2 packets of sugar in your tea, reduce that to 1 packet, then half a packet, and so on until you don’t add any sugar
After you wean yourself off sugar, stay at that level for several weeks to get your body used to not having sugar in your diet. Whenever I get the urge to eat a sweet treat in the evening, I make a cup of unsweetened herbal tea. It is sweet enough to kick my craving and also gives me that hand to mouth motion.
I could seriously go on an on about tea and how much I love it. I drink at least 2 cups a day (maybe even more depending on how tired I am).
When going to the grocery store, many people might be more inclined to simply look for teas that say “detox” on the box. However, while these teas may actually do something good for your body, you don’t have to only stick with those.
Black tea may help protect your lungs and reduce the risk of a stroke.
Peppermint: Helps relieve the symptoms of gas and bloating along with nausea.
Ginger: Can be use to reduce nausea, vomiting or upset stomach from motion sickness.
Chamomile: While chamomile tea is most known for is relaxing and sedative effects, it is also great to drink after a meal to improve digestion.
Milk thistle: As a liver cleanser, this tea will help regenerate the function of your liver from toxins such as alcohol and acetaminophen.
Burdock: Verywell.com states: “Rich in inulin and sesquiterpene lactones, preliminary studies with animals suggest that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity of burdock may help to protect the liver.”
Dandelion: This tea can also help stimulate the flow of bile from the liver as well as protect from liver damage due to the environment
Senna: This ingredient is commonly added as a laxative to cleanse the body. Note: teas with senna should be used in moderation, as excessive intake may result in health issues.
Green tea contains antioxidants that may prevent the growth of various cancers. It can also prevent clogged arteries (which you might need after eating all that greasy food!) and improves cholesterol levels.
Consider drinking detox drinks
While teas do in fact detox your body, there are other drink you can utilize for your detox after a vacation. I wrote a post about 3 easy detox drinks (which you can check out here) that talk about some of my fave drinks.
Detox drinks can be incorporated into your diet daily, or simply on occasion when you need a little extra boost. They can help you rid your body of toxins that build up through certain foods from the environment. Detox drinks can also promote weight loss, liver cleansing, or increase your energy.
Get your body moving
Whenever I eat too much or binge-watch Netflix too long on the couch, I always feel so sluggish. If you’re like me, a little workout to get your blood flowing will do wonders. Increased exercise helps the digestive system get back on track and do its thing.
According to Livestrong.com, “Exercise helps the body’s organs of elimination to function optimally simply by getting them going. Moving the body helps to circulate both blood and lymph. The more they circulate, the more the liver and lymph nodes can do the job of cleansing and purifying the blood and lymph.”
I actually never heard about dry brushing until very recently. With your skin being the largest organ in your body, it’s responsible for about 10-15% of toxin elimination. Dry skin bushing is something quick and easy you can do to detox after a vacation that yields several benefits. Not only does it help remove dead skin cells, but it also helps your kidneys and liver rid the body of toxins. Dry brushing also improves your nervous system and lymphatic system.
The only item required for dry brushing is a soft, natural bristle brush. On dry skin, start brushing from the top of your body and work downward, always brushing toward the heart. When brushing your arms and legs, use long strokes and a circular motion on your abs and back. Since you will likely have loose dead skin, it is recommended to hop in the shower after dry brushing.
Load up on the greens and other veggies
When you begin to detox after a vacation, greens and other veggies are a must! When determining what kind of greens you will be incorporating into your detox, include as many collard greens as possible: kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. These veggies are packed with sulfur-containing compounds and Vitamins A and K. The sulfur-containing compounds (glucosinolates) greatly aid in detoxification. These greens also improve digestion and cardiovascular health.
There are sososo many ways to detox your body, this list is definitely not extensive. If you are detoxing, what are some of your tips for an easy detox after a vacation?!