New Year Detoxing – 3 steps to start the new year with a new you

After Christmas and the party season is over, you’ll probably feel like having a rest from all the rich food, chocolate and alcohol! But how about making January, not only a detox, but the start of a change to your lifestyle for the long term?

This may seem like a hard task, it may even make you want to pull the duvet over your head! But taken step by step over time will make you much more likely to stick to your new lifestyle, rather than, for example, a hard and fast strict diet that may work in the short term, but before you know it you’re back in front of the TV with a box of chocolates.

To get you started for the New Year, here are 3 steps.

  1. Eat ‘cleaner’

Common ailments like headaches, aches and pains, bloating etc. could be tackled through or even down to diet. What you eat is also important for a healthy immune system and affects your mood and energy. Eating ‘clean’ is the latest buzzword for a healthy well-balanced diet. It’s not revolutionary though; Indian’s have been eating ‘clean’ for around 5,000 years using the Ayuveda principles[1]. To eat more clean (or ‘sattvic’ as it’s known in Ayuveda), minimise or eliminate artificial sugars and processed food, reduce starchy carbs and eat a good variety of plant based whole foods such as beans, legumes, whole grains, fruit and vegetables. Tip to start: eat more dark leafy greens.

  1. Take back control of your mind

meditationYour mental state can have a profound effect on your health. Stress, for example, is the number one cause of cardiovascular heart disease. Cleansing your mind can help cleanse your body. Whether it’s traditional seated meditation, more modern mindfulness techniques, tai chi or even playing an instrument, spending time focusing your mind on the present, and in particular one task, can help to improve stress resilience, emotional intelligence and your ability to focus on tasks. Further to this, practices such as yoga can help you take this a step further to look at how you think about and perceive things, trying to reduce the psychological and associated effects of negative thoughts.

Tip to start: Try a one-minute meditation[2].

  1. Get and stay active!

Being active isn’t just about losing weight – activity cleanses your body. Moving helps your Bicycle 2blood and lymph flow and improve organ function, helping toxins to be flushed out, keeping your immune system boosted and body resilient to disease. It also helps to maintain and improve your ability to function at everyday tasks. To be active you don’t have to be training for Iron Man, 20-30 mins at least five times per week is plenty to keep yourself healthy. Tip to start: go along to a step into fitness class with a friend.

So if your suffering from that heavy head, lethargy and irritability that comes from weeks of overindulgence, then start your journey to detox, not just for January, but for life.

 

Leanne Bird

Founder of BirdSol Fitness | Nutrition | Adventure | Well-being

[1] https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/learning-ayurveda/intro-to-ayurveda/

[2] www.exerciseyourfreedom.com/fit-tips

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