‘My post-holiday detox is three-fold: eat, sweat and sleep. With healthy whole foods, a good blast at the gym to boost your metabolism and rid your body of toxins and as much shut-eye you can get with three kids under the age of four, your body will forgive you I promise. So, here’s how…’
Okay so I may have indulged a little too much on my recent holiday to the South of France – cuff me. But in my defence I am a mum of three, launching a young business, running a home, and even squeezing the gym in every now and then; I think I deserve a big hunk of brie and a glass of champagne or four on my summer getaway. If like me you only get away once a year it is your prerogative to make the most of it and indulge. But if also like me you are feeling the effects of over-eating, over-drinking and general over-debauchery then here are my top 5 tips to detox your mind, body and soul and get you back into super-mum mode.
Ditch the guilty pleasures for antioxidant foods
Give your body a break by having a purge on any alcohol, processed foods and sugars. By eating whole foods rich in antioxidants you can actually help rejuvinate your body from the inside out, for example:
Sun exposure causes an increase in free radicals and the risk of skin ageing (heaven forbid!), so eat lots of antioxidant foods to combat this such as avocados, carrots, berries, watermelon, extra virgin olive oil, celery and citrus fruits.
If you were getting a little too boozy then give your liver a helping hand by eating lots of dark blue and purple fruits such as beetroot berries and grapes (red wine does not count), cabbage and broccoli. If salty foods were your guilty pleasure then celery juice is great for clearing residues of excess salts. Obviously its no Pina Colada but you can make some pretty tasty juices with a Nutribullet and your body will love you for it.
Flush your system
Jellyfish don’t get hangovers because they’re 97% water and that’s science. So carry a water bottle to keep really hydrated and flush your system of toxins. If you can then cut out any caffeine, alcohol or sugary drinks and you’ll feel fab after a few days. I love these Infusion Pro water bottles, you can add some fruit slices to jazz up your H2O.
Break the sugar cycle
Eating ice-cream, desserts and other sweet treats is a fundamental part of any holiday, but it is common for your body to become dependent on the sugar hit, resulting in cravings and slumps. So go cold turkey for at least 5 days, swap sugary energy sources for a high fibre diet such as beans and porridge – soluble fibre helps slow the absorption of sugar and subsequent blood sugar surges.
When you eat matters too
After a period of overeating your stomach’s network stretch receptors which tell your brain that you’re full lose their effectiveness, hence why you can go from ‘I’m never eating again’ to ‘I could eat a horse’ the very next day. Quell any hunger pangs with a satisfying hot drink – just make sure its low calorie and caffeine free.
Most importantly, don’t skip breakfast! After a week of overeating, skipping meals seems like an obvious solution but in doing so your body will just end up craving sugar and it will probably result in a binge. Filling, slow release energy foods such as porridge for breakfast is the way forward. If you want to cut calories then try eating less carbs at night instead.
Kick-start your metabolism and sweat out the toxins
After a holiday of vegetating getting back to the gym can hit you like a train but I promise it will help in the long run. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) has been proven to be one of the most effective means of kick-starting your metabolism, making your body burn fat well after the workout. So hit the ground running, even squeezing in a 10 minute run before work will help. KeriKitbags even comes with a shoe bag, sports bottle holder and a hidden compartment for your sweaty gym wear so you can transform seamlessly from the treadmill to the team meeting – so no excuses!
Sleep is when your body naturally cleanses and revitalises itself, so try and get your 8 hours or even sneak in the odd catnap throughout the day to give your body time to heal. What’s more, countless studies show that disrupted sleep is correlated with weight problems – its wishful thinking but maybe you can sleep yourself skinny…
Detox your skin too
A summer of fun in the sun is great, but sun exposure and skin damage not only looks awful but can actually be really dangerous. Repair your skin and even reverse the effects with a good facial; a chemical exfoliator is great for this as it evenly dissolves dead skin rather than unevenly scrubbing them off. This will help skin to appear smoother and more even. Then feed your skin with a cream or serum to help it moisturise and recover – I love the Dior One Essential Skin Detoxifying Serum as it really evens my skin tone and brings back that radiance.
I might just need another holiday to recover from my holiday……..Anyone know of any nice spa retreats?