Vesagas: Post-holiday detox-A A +A
Thursday, January 2, 2014
THE holidays are about to be over. It’s finally 2014.
Most of us by this time may feel guilty why we ever overindulged over the palatable dishes on our dining tables during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The gastronomic experience must have been irresistible that we placed little regard over the negative effects on our health of those mouth-watery dishes after the Yuletide season.
I am sharing some of the tips I’ve gathered from multiple sources about post-holiday detoxification to help regain some balance in your body that was brushed aside.
First, cut on the sugar and salt.
These two indispensable ingredients -- remember the salads, steaks and hams? -- during the holidays may actually make you feel bloated.
Nutrition experts suggest that trimming sugar and salt from your diet for at least three days will help your body reset to its pre-holiday
Second, beef up on vegetables and fruits.
Dieticians suggest that at least seven servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits for at least seven days will help clean your gastrointestinal tract.
The green, leafy veggies are thought to be very low in calories and relatively high in nutrients that our body needs.
Third, hydrate. Plain water is a powerful detox according to experts.
Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water a day to help flush out toxins in the body.
Fourth, indulge on oatmeal for breakfast.
Some experts suggest that we eat oatmeal for breakfast for the next five days or mornings post-holiday.
Oatmeal is rich in fiber which may help unload most of the toxins that have accumulated in the gastrointestinal tract.
Fifth, try yogurt the first few days of the year.
Yogurt is high in fructose, a sugar derived from fruits that help burn any lingering alcohol in the body from excess wine, rum or beer from holidays.
Sixth, eat chicken and egg.
Chicken, especially the skinless breast part is high in protein and relatively low in carbs.
On the other hand, eggs are high in lean protein that in combination with chicken, these food may actually not only curb your cravings for high-carb diet but also help reduce the bloat feeling you may have.
Seventh, choose whole grain wheat products instead of white bread.
They may be a bit expensive but these whole grains are a tasty source of fiber, vitamins and minerals that can fill you up without the bloated feeling.
The fiber will help you cleanse away toxins inside the body.
Lastly, take it easy on dieting and gym.
Drastic dieting can cause more troubles than offer solutions to your detox needs.
This also goes without saying that you must not skip meals. The same holds true for those who crash the gym with a heavy workout hoping that it would compensate for the gained carbs.
Happy New Year!
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 03, 2014.