Do You Have a Post-Thanksgiving Detox Plan?
Most of us tend to overdo it at Thanksgiving. If you don’t want one meal to derail your progress and send you into a downward spiral of unhealthy eating that lasts straight through til Christmas, this is the post for you.
We’ve got 5 tips and tricks for you to follow to help you stay on track. You can think of them as ways to cleanse or detox your body or just simple healthy habits.
Pre- and Probiotics
Your overall health relies heavily on the health of your gut.
You need healthy bacteria in your gut to keep your body functioning properly. Prebiotics are foods that feed friendly bacteria. Probiotics are sources of good bacteria to replenish a gut that is depleted as a result of antibiotic use, poor diet, chlorinated water and other aspects of modern life. We’ve got a great blog post that explores the ins and outs of pre- and probiotics. You can read it here.
Christina Sarich at NaturalSociety.com explains the importance of probiotics for cleansing:
“Some experts say that you should take probiotics after a good cleanse, but many aren’t aware that taking probiotics supplements can aid in cleansing the body all on their own. A healthy gut contains over 100 trillion microorganisms, from some 400 different species. All of these aid in digestion, absorption, and the production of significant amounts of B vitamins and important digestive enzymes.
In other words, if you’re overloading your body with refined carbs and sugars on Thanksgiving, not to mention more saturated fat than you might usually take in, this is a good start.
If you’re thinking of adding prebiotics and probiotics to your routine, you should also consider Panaseeda Coriander Seed Oil. It helps to create a hospitable environment in your gut so you can maximize the benefits of your probiotics.
If you’re not quite sure how to get pre- and probiotics in your diet, visit our blog post on rebuilding your microbiome.
Drink lots of water
I know, you hear this all the time.
There is good reason for the stress on staying hydrated though. Alex Jamieson of VegKitchen.com explains: “Without enough water flowing through our systems to carry out wastes and toxins, we would literally drown in our own poisonous metabolic wastes. I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but this is no exaggeration. Even slight dehydration can wear down our systems in ways that seriously compromise our overall quality of life.”
Drinking plenty of water is key to supporting your body’s natural detox processes, as it helps to flush your system out. It also helps to keep your body hydrated so it can function properly.
It doesn’t have to be plain jane H2O; there are plenty of things you can add to it to shake things up and no, I don’t mean Koolaid.
A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar is an option, if not a great tasting one. Apple cider vinegar is prebiotic, so it’s great for improving your gut health. It also aids digestion and works to help break down fat cells, so it can help with weight loss.
Or you could squeeze some lemon juice into your water. Lemons have a similar effect, the acidity really aids the digestion process.
Marine phytoplankton is also a super healthy option to add to your water. The taste is not for everyone, so you may have to add lemon juice to it to make it more palatable, but the benefits are undeniable.
The phytoplankton will support your immune system and combat oxidative stress. The trace mineral solution that keeps the raw phytoplankton in Oceans Alive fresh also works as an electrolyte supplement, which further boosts hydration. Get yours here.
HealthGuidance.com explains the importance of exercise for clearing out your system: “Exercise hastens body detoxification process. It keeps our body moving and speeds up the blood circulation. The response of our body every time we engage in exercise is to take in enough oxygen. Oxygen is essential to make our cells function, and among its function is to remove toxins.”
Whether you plan to go for a walk after your Thanksgiving meal or play a family game of football while you wait for the turkey to roast, you can start the detox process right away.
If you’re already active, stick with it and try not to let the holidays become an excuse for skipping workouts.
Plan healthy, balanced meals
Plan your meals for the days following your feast carefully. Make sure they’re heavy on plant-based whole foods and healthy proteins and try to keep refined carbs and sugar out altogether.
When you pre-plan your menu you can be sure you’ll have what you need on hand, and that you’re getting a good balance of nutrients. You’ll be much less likely to be tempted by unhealthy options if you have a plan and the tools to carry it out in place.
Plan all three meals for every day, as well as snacks.
If Thanksgiving dinner is happening at your place, send your guests home with leftovers to minimize the gravy and pie in your own fridge. Feel free to hang onto steamed veggies and lean cuts of meat and incorporate them into your next week’s meal plan.
Consider a cleanse or detox diet
This is basically a more extreme version of the last tip. Many people enjoy doing ‘cleanses’ or ‘detox diets’ that focus on healthy foods and restricted calories for 3 to 7 days.
I would recommend avoiding any plans that require processed food products to replace your regular meals. You shouldn’t need shakes or bars or powders or pills, just good, clean food, carefully planned.
There are many such plans online, but we’ve developed a simple 3-day post-Thanksgiving detox meal plan. It’s available here as an exclusive bonus.
The first 4 things in this list are things you can start today. The sooner you commit to healthy habits, the easier it will be to bounce back from the odd binge.
You can even plan your shopping list for the 3-day cleanse and buy everything you need when you’re out shopping for the Thanksgiving meal. That way you’ll be ready to dive in first thing Friday morning.
If you haven’t already downloaded the simple plan, you can share it below to get your free copy now.
When you’re counting your blessings this Thursday, we hope that your health will be one of them.
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