Whilst we often associate the New Year as the best time for a detox, the truth is that any time of year is a good time! Although the body has its own in-built detoxification systems, it’s bombarded every day with environmental pollutants, toxins from foods and drinks, and other substances that we choose to put into our bodies (for example, alcohol!).
The organs involved in our purification process are the kidneys, liver and intestines, which are responsible for eliminating waste and toxins from our bodies. By choosing a balanced, healthy detox diet you help your body regain regularity.
At the practice, we are consistent when it comes to a diet reset every now ad then, which typically means that we walk back extra sugar, dairy, and other potential food allergens for a few days to a week or so to clean it up.Changing rhythms and dietary regimen is difficult for our organism to manage and that is why it’s appropriate, after returning from vacation, to keep in mind some tricks to allow our body to recover. That is why we have put together some simple tips for a short post-holiday detox program! Every recipe in it is totally clean, deliciously nourishing, and easy to make ahead and pack for a work lunch. We’ve eliminated all the usual suspects (gluten, dairy, corn, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine), and it’s 100% plant-based.
Here’s your basic routine:
MAKE A GOOD MORNING A GREAT MORNING! As soon as you wake up, drink one or two large glasses of warm water containing fresh lemons. This will have an immediate cleansing effect on the liver and if you can, drink this around half an hour before eating your breakfast. Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day, even if you’re detoxing – the liver can’t function without nutrients so don’t skip this key meal. We invite you to enjoy our easy chia pudding recipe, packed with fiber and Omega 3. GET THE RECIPE
GET GROUNDED. If you can, step outside early in the day and get your bare feet on the ground. Whether that means a few deep breaths in the backyard or a quick stroll around the block, many health pros believe that direct sunlight early in the day can help you to overcome jet-lag and sleep better at night.
Find a comfortable place to sit in easy pose, close your eyes and start focusing on your breath — in through your nose and out your mouth. Imagine a shining light flowing down through your being, down through the ground, and deep into the core of the earth. Feel anchored. Take a moment to embrace this feeling of grounded connection. Notice how different this feels then how you may have felt in a new place or while flying. Sit anywhere from 2-20 minutes. When you are ready to end the meditation, gently move your fingers and toes, rub your palms together and place them over your eyes as you slowly open your eyes and expose them to the light.
SET AN INTENTION. Take this time to set an intention for the day and don’t be afraid to be practical. Most of us feel a bit of guilt if we’re tired after a vacation knowing that we have tasks to return to. Decide to let that go now.
Here are a few great intentions for your first few days home from travel:
– I’m going to allow myself to gently acclimate back to being home today.
– I’m going to give myself everything I need to nourish and recover this week.
– I’m going to approach today with a sense of humor and a lot of grace.
MID-MORNING JUICE You may be experiencing a lot of cravings right now simply because of the sugar or processed foods you may have had while traveling. Enjoy this simply, but delicious juice recipe when you feel ready, after your water with lemon. This green juice recipe is packed with antioxidants and a ton of vitamins. GET THE RECIPE
ADD A PROBIOTIC TO YOUR ROUTINE. Travel can sometimes interrupt good digestion. Whether you ate lots of rich meals, tried new foods your gut isn’t used to, or simply feel the stress of time zone changes and long flights, a good probiotic may help. If you’re looking for something to make a part of your daily routine, go with Seed.
GROUNDING SALAD FOR LUNCH. Root vegetables ground us and connect us back with the earth; they help us literally feel ‘rooted,’ which is the opposite of how we may feel after travel — anxious, stressed or flighty. Adding root veggies to a salad with tons of greens will help balance our energy while giving the body some delicious sustenance to replenish with…GET THE RECIPE
AFTERNOON SNACK. If you are starving, go ahead and enjoy a few raw carrots or cucumber sticks. Otherwise, sip on some cold pressed juice or herbal tea.
LIGHT AT NIGHT In the evening, enjoy this carrot and ginger soup, which is a hearty and crave-worthy classic. A soup is the perfect light dinner when it’s made with loads of veggies, because it’s easy for you to digest at the end of the night, but it’s heavy enough for you to feel grounded and satiated before you go to bed. The perfect bit of nourishment to help ease your stomach out of travel mode and into a good night’s sleep. GET THE RECIPE
HERBAL TEA + AN EPSOM SALT BATH. To cap off the night, brew an herbal tea that you love after dinner. If you have time, take a moment to process some travel highlights or set new goals in your journal with your tea. Even better, and especially if you have trouble sleeping after travel, screen time is NOT the solution. Instead, run yourself an epsom salt bath with a few drops of your favorite essential oil – i recommend Lavender – which is also incredibly grounding.