The Five-Step Detox Plan For Getting Back On Track After The Holidays

detox after holiday
photo: Negin Mirsalehi

 

This time of the year tends to be filled with delicious food – filling dinners and delicious desserts! Which means, if you are anything like me, you find yourself going back for seconds. Or even thirds. Overindulging during the holidays is to be expected but a detox can help.

While you cannot necessarily undo the “damage” that has been done by eating copious amount of not-so-healthy food, you can help counter the effects it may have with this detox plan.

 

1. Eat Smaller Portions

First things first, do not try to balance out overeating with not eating. Skipping meals is unhealthy and can slow down your metabolism. Instead, eat slightly smaller portions. Get your body used to smaller portions in preparation for the new year and slowly reduce the calorie intake to a healthy amount!

 

2. Drink green tea in the morning

After waking up the next morning, brew your favorite green tea. Studies show that green tea boosts your metabolism and increases fat burning. Add a slice or two of lemon and you will feel energized through the day. (Not to mention, water helps flush out your system!)

 

3. Eat greek yogurt for breakfast

For breakfast, have some plain Greek yogurt topped with blueberries. Eating breakfast first thing in the morning will jump start your metabolism. Greek yogurt is loaded with iodine which aids in thyroid function, protein for immune building, and probiotics that help keep your intestines healthy. Topping your yogurt with antioxidant-rich blueberries will help lower the cholesterol in your blood.

 

4. Undo the drinks with a banana

If you had a few too many drinks, eat a banana. These low-calorie and potassium-packed fruit helps get rid of bloating and moderates blood sugar levels. Fruit that are rich in fiber have been linked to aiding in weight loss!

 

5. Choose leafy greens for dinner

For lunch or dinner, try a salad full of healthy, dark, leafy greens (think arugula, romaine, and spinach) with shredded carrots, sliced avocados, and chopped tomatoes. Toss in a mouth-watering bunch of beans (black, kidney, or white) for protein. Top it all with a vinaigrette made with olive oil.

 


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  • Yes, yes, yes to everything! But that green tea though… I’m not a fan of tea and I actually tried green tea for the first time a few weeks ago. I couldn’t take it… ): Any tips on how to make it tastier? Hahah xx

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    • barb

      Yeah I agree. It tastes like dirt.

      • Lilluan

        I hate it also. I just drink lemon water in the a.m.

        • Hi Lilluan! I love to add honey to my green tea — it helps sweeten the tea!

          • Lilluan

            Thanks, I have severe tinnitus and now I am nit allowed to have any tea, coffee, salt, or alcohol. I will miss hot tea.

          • I am sorry to hear that, Lilluan! Is it because of the caffeine in some teas? Are you able to drink lukewarm water with lemon slices? That is a great morning drink!

          • Lilluan

            Yes, every day.

      • Hi Barb! This is what I wrote to Benny “I love to add honey to my green tea — it is definitely an acquired taste. I try to find a local honey because it also helps with my allergies ;)”

    • I love to add honey to my green tea — it is definitely an acquired taste. I try to find a local honey because it also helps with my allergies ;)

      • Honey is a good one! Just tried green tea again yesterday and this time with a slice of lemon, and that has definitely helped too! Thank you! x

        • That is so good to hear Benny! There are also green tea capsules that you can take (I put them in my smoothies and can’t even taste them) ♥

  • I am so determined to eat healthy come January but it is hard when you still live at home!
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    • Hey Elizabeth! It can be very difficult to eat healthy when you live at home — especially if there is a lot of unhealthy food around the house. Maybe your parents would want to try eating some healthier dishes? Or you could cook a healthy dish once in a while as a treat?

  • I really needed this – 100% going to be back on the matcha come january

    – Natalie
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  • Al

    I’ve been drinking green smoothies like it’s going out of style (kale, spinach, coconut water, frozen banana, mint, hand full of frozen strawberries, ice, dash of protein powder and a dash of apple cider vinegar). It sounds toxic, but it’s not bad!
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