Just Beet It! Holiday Season Detox Tips and Tricks
It happens to all of us. We have a few super indulgent weeks where we arent’ the nicest to our bodies. We spent time with friends, eat whatever we’re in the mood for, take the last bite of chocolate, and splurge on a glass of wine (or two, or three…!) With the holiday season in general, and October, in particular, comes a few months of pumpkin spice everything, one too many cocktails or glasses of wine, heavy festive meals and lots of sweets. My approach to nutrition is rooted in balance. Nourishing your body doesn’t mean depriving your body, and it’s never too late to start! Below are my tips for detoxing after Halloween, and simple ways to stay balanced during the holiday season!
Lemon Water Upon Rising
- Start your morning with warm water and lemon. This helps to cleanse the liver, flushes out toxins from the body and aids in detoxification.
- Make sure to take a multivitamin. Drinking tends to deplete our vitamin store which can cause fatigue, dehydration, headaches and so much more.
- Get back on track with eating right and making sure your body gets the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
- Sneaking in protein in smoothies is one of my favorite ways to ensure I’m receiving enough protein, and it keeps me full! Check out Garden of Life Organic Vanilla Plant Protein.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and restore electrolyte balance.
- Remember the rule of thumb with water consumption: drink half your body weight in ounces. Ex: If you weigh 120 pounds drink 60 ounces ( appx 2 liters) of water per day.
- I suggest drinking Alkaline Water to help balance the body’s natural pH levels. Learn more about Alkaline Water and benefits here!
- 1+ cup non-dairy unsweetened milk (almond or oat work great!)
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup fresh beats
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons raw honey (raw agave or pure maple syrup)
- 1 tbs nutritional yeast
- Add all ingredients to blender
- Blend until creamy
- Top with chia seeds or coconut flakes for taste!
- 1 Cup Blueberries: Contains 24% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. This super fruit is antioxidant-rich and protects your body from free radicals which can cause cell damage.
- 1 Banana: Contains 3.1 grams of Fiber, 1.3 grams protein, and is rich in Pectin, a type of fiber that helps to moderate blood sugar.
- Beets: A 3.5 ounce serving only contains 44 calories, is chock full of nitrates, a plant-compound which helps to lower blood pressure, and is rich in betalains pigments, which studies have shown have anti-inflammatory benefits
- Ginger: This powerful stem vegetable is known for its medicinal properties. It’s composed of active compounds including gingerol, shogaol, paradol, zingerone known for their anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and pain-relieving effects.