Expert / 1 January, 2023 / Denise Kelly
To be honest, as soon as January hits – everyone goes crazy! Detoxing, cleansing, juicing, exercising. They throw all the chocolate in the bin or give it away to Aunt Elda! It’s like a mad frenzy… and then it falls flat on its butt! You’re lucky if your new regime lasts past the third week in January, then you give up, feel hopeless, and start eating doughnuts and gin at 11 am! Ok…so it’s maybe not quite that bad, but there are some important things to know to help guide you into a pleasant and easy detox in 2022.
The art of successfully detoxing the body, in my experience as a nutritionist (I have been working in clinical environments for over 15 years now) is taking things slowly. The more consistent you can be with your diet, and introduce small changes in the new year, the better results you will see, and the more sustainable it will be for you. Then the better you begin to feel, the more you are likely to continue.
Believe me, once you find your new energy and va-va-voom again, you will not want to stop. And that is what a detox should be. It should not be too brutal unless you are struggling with a serious disease, and that’s a whole different story. In that instance, it is a good idea to treat the body as if you are having an intense clear out, and if anyone would like more information on that please let me know. The main thing that I see with my clients when I scan their health on my device, if the results show lots of toxicity – is that they have a very stagnant lymphatic system. This creates a back-log in the liver and can affect everything from hormonal imbalances, sleep disorders, skin issues, migraines, digestive complaints, and joint pain.
The association with what you eat and how you feel really is 100% real. What you put in your body is your fuel and your healing, and even if your mission is to lose weight, you still need to eat. Whenever I create diet plans for my clients, there is usually more food included than they would imagine. This is because your body needs the right nutrients in order to lose weight. Often, we snack on a biscuit or crisps and feel hungry 20 minutes later, because these foods cannot possibly satisfy our bodies, so it tells us to eat again. When we eat nutritionally rich foods, we feel full and satisfied. Our brainpower is good, and we feel energised.
Detox alkalising and anti-inflammatory water ideas – for all day long sipping! (Water should be slightly warm or room temperature.) This helps you stay super hydrated – helps push things through the lymphatic system and keeps the liver and kidneys happy!
Add all ingredients to 2 litres of water.
January detox smoothies – I love green smoothies because if you make them right, they can give you a kick of nutrients like no other. I would suggest you make a pint of green smoothie and split it in half. Have one half in the morning and one in the afternoon. Add superfoods such as wheatgrass, spirulina and baobab into the mix and a tablespoon of chia seeds and flax seeds. They will help you to feel full plus add a considerable amount of good fibre, vitamins, minerals and omegas into the mix.
Blend with coconut water for an electrolyte burst!
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