WHY (and HOW) to Cleanse During the Holiday Season
November and December are filled with one holiday get together after another, with spreads of typically not healthiest foods and lots of alcohol flowing. The holidays are a time to celebrate and have fun with family, friends, and coworkers.
Alcohol makes us bloated. The high amount of sugar and refined carbohydrates that usually make up the buffet at holiday events send our blood sugar on a roller coaster ride, with a surge of energy followed by an energy crash, and craving more quick and high in sugar foods and beverages. Feeling physically and mentally groggy and fatigued is not how you want to spend your holiday season!
I am not at all encouraging you to prohibit yourself from all the treats. Enjoy yourself, and don’t feel guilty about eating that cookie or drinking that goblet mulled wine. Exclusively banning yourself from enjoying some of the best the holidays have to offer (FOOD, duh!) can make you the Grinch, resentfully sitting in the corner by yourself watching everyone else have a jolly time.
I am willing to admit I have a tendency to go overboard during the holidays a little bit, or maybe a lot bit…but why wait until the New Year to get back on track? Feeling great can always start right now, in this present moment! Maybe you let your regularly healthy diet go a little during the weekends, and follow this cleanse during the week, allowing your body to reset before delving into more holiday festivities. Cleansing is a short period of strict eating/drinking to allow your body to literally clean itself out of toxins. I’m also not suggesting you go all out and eat everything in sight on the weekends and just spinach leaves all week. Enjoying the treats at holiday get-togethers is not about an all or nothing approach; it’s about finding a happy and healthy balance for you and your body.
Participating in a cleanse during (and before and after!) the holidays prevents you from developing destructive eating habits that become hard to break, and building up toxins to a point they are extra hard to get rid of. If you spend the entire season binge eating sugar and refined carbohydrates, the likelihood your body will develop intense cravings (a type of addiction) to these types of foods and drinks is significantly higher.
Right when you wake up:
8 Oz. filtered water
Followed by Detox Tonic
- ¼ C Aloe Vera Gel or ½ C Aloe Vera Juice
- 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- Sprinkle of Cayenne pepper
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 10 Oz. Filtered Water
PLWF Green Smoothie for a heavier breakfast
- 1 Clementine or Orange
- ½ In. Fresh Ginger Root
- 1 Large Carrot, chopped
- ¾ C Pure Coconut Water
- ¾ C Filtered Water
- ½ Organic Apple
- Dash of turmeric (optional)
- Juice of Half a Lemon
- Combine ginger root, chopped carrot, coconut water, filtered water, and apple in blender. Blend until smooth.
- Add clementine/orange, lemon juice, turmeric (if desired). Blend until smooth.
- You can filter out the left over pulp using a cheese cloth, but I prefer to drink that as well to get the extra fiber.
Hydrate: 16 oz. filtered Water – infuse with lemon, and/or fresh fruit!
Hydrate: 16 oz. filtered water – include with lemon, and/or fresh fruit!
Dinner: My Easy Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Hydrate: 2 cups (16 oz.) no caffeine herbal tea
Repeat for as many days as you would like! Feel great and look great during this holiday season!
Stay tuned for more wintery recipes and holiday related topics!