5.12.15

5 Detox Tips To Overcome That Festive Binge


Festive seasons are meant for celebrations - and, for most of us, our diets become a forgotten story. With festival time dinners, holiday brunches, movies, dinners out, festive shopping, and more thrown into the mix, even the healthiest eaters tend to indulge in an occasional binge.

All that excess is, unfortunately, going to stay with you post the festive season, in the form of carbs, fat, salt, sugar, and sometimes alcohol. The mirror becomes an unfriendly stranger, as your body too complains – leaving you feeling bloated, tired, and guilty. Reestablishing a healthy equilibrium becomes important, and urgent.

Here is a simple five points plan to help you flush out those toxins from your system, and get back to work, feeling lighter, healthier and positively detoxed. It’s time to explore healthier options, while ensuring that the right foods and drinks fight off the excesses of all those festive binges. Fill your home with fresh produce and include these small steps into your daily regime to bring back the balance of nutrients your body requires to stay in shape.

Start your day with warm water, lime and honey

It’s a classic combination that our grandmothers lived by, and it’s just as awesome today. This stimulates your overtaxed digestive system, and avoids constipation. Lemon gets brownie points for boosting the liver function, and that in turn helps your digestive system beak down complex foods better. Honey is known to be an effective warrior against any infection present in the stomach.

Fiber, more fiber!




The thing with all those delicious, fat laden festive foods is, they are never a good source of fiber, and hence all that holiday feasting gets stuck in your intestines, making you feel heavy and tired. Fiber is an essential component of your detox diet, helping open your digestive system. As fiber rich foods move through your digestive system, they helps sweep things along, cleaning up your insides, and making you feel less bloated. So, get going on those greens, carrots, snow peas, celery, onions, cauliflowers and eggplants! A great way to ensure more fiber in your diet is to consume lots of salads. I love the idea of salads in a jar, and even carry them to work on busy, stressful days. 


Apples and friends


Fruits are rich in phytochemicals that help neutralize toxicity, and restore damaged tissues and sapping energy. Go for seasonal fruits of all colours and find creative ways to include them in your diet. Fruits salsa? Yes please! 

Embrace The Culture

Good bacteria in your intestines help your system by killing yeast and bad bacterial that can cause many health disorders. All those festive foods cause a state of imbalance where there aren't enough good bacteria to keep things in check. To give a boost to your intestinal bacteria, consume lots of yogurt and other probiotics.

Drink up



Water cleanses your system from the inside even on a good day. Post a festive binge, it helps overcome the dehydration your body might be facing. With a few simple ingredients you can make your own flavoured water and transform get even more benefit from it. Add some lemon, mint, cucumber, grapefruit, orange slices, a dash of apple cider vinegar, or even a pinch of cinnamon to get beautifully flavoured water that hydrates you from within!

I went shopping over the weekend, and came back with a basket full of fresh produce to play with. A lot of fresh, seasonal fruits are in, and all fair game for adding some colour to my meals, while also helping with my own detox plan. One quick way to conjure up a magical bowl of flavours, tastes and health is this fabulous Appleas and Beans Salad with Mixed Greens. I love it because it brings together apples with a whole lot of greens, adding two key elements of a detox plan in one fabulous, easy to make salad! Remember, you can replace the apples with pears.

Apples and Beans Salad With Mixed Greens 


Ingredients
2 apples, cored and cut into small pieces, tossed in lime juice
½ bowl cherry tomatoes
200 gms mixed greens
¼ can Lima beans or Red Beans or chickpeas (rinsed well under cold water)
1 stalk celery cut lengthwise and chopped finely
1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds

Dressing

Juice of two lemons
½ tbsp sugar
1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ tsp crushed black pepper
Salt to taste

Directions

Put together all the dressing ingredients in a container with a plastic lid. Shake well to mix all the ingredients. Keep the dressing aside.
In a large bowl, toss together the greens, cherry tomatoes, apples and beans. Keep refrigerated for about half an hour.
Just before serving the salad, pour the dressing over it, and toss well. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the salad, and serve.

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