A painless pre-Christmas detox

It’s not too late to feel great this Christmas

Christmas doesn’t just start in December anymore. It seems to get gently rolling shortly after Halloween, with the pace picking up week by week, until this full throttle crazy week before Christmas. There’s more ‘Tis the season’ drinking, way more naughty nibble consumption and therefore a subtle slide into a ‘So what it’s Christmas’ behaviour.

I keep bumping into people saying they feel like they’ve already overdone it. I certainly started this week feeling like the wheels were nearly falling off,  that’s before a turkey has been cooked or a cracker has even been pulled.

Don’t panic, you can still make a few changes that will make an enormous difference to how you feel by Christmas Day.

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A simple, pain free, 3 day detox.

Here’s the plan. For 3 days follow this guide and you will slash your calorie intake, take on masses of vitamins and minerals and give your digestive system a much needed break. The result will be that you’ll feel energised, leaner and probably pretty pleased with yourself. It’s as much about sharpening your mind and mood as it is fitting into your snazziest Christmas dress.

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Firstly make sure you organise your equipment (you need a juicer and a blender) and stock up on the ingredients. Don’t drink alcohol or over indulge on sugar the night before. It won’t be easy if you start this with a sugar hangover and spiking insulin levels.

Each day:

  1. Have a hot water and lemon to start the day. (Have a black tea or coffee if you feel you can’t give up caffeine right now!)
  2. Follow with the green detox juice below
  3. Don’t snack all morning
  4. Another green detox juice for lunch
  5. Don’t snack all afternoon
  6. Finish with a very light evening meal such as soup and green salad, stir fried vegetables, poached salmon and salad.

Make sure:

  1. You avoid caffeine
  2. You don’t drink alcohol
  3. You avoid all sugar and don’t have any processed foods in the evening meal

The trick is not to think to hard about it. Just get up and get on with it and you’ll be fine.

A gorgeous green juice

This  is truly the most delicious green juice. It’s packed with good stuff and it’s easy to make as there’s not a lot of peel and faffage.

Get your ingredients out the night before and prep as you need for your juicer. Put them in a food bag in the fridge, so all you have to do is throw them in the juicer in the morning.

For each serving, juice the following:

  • 2 green apples
  • 1/2 a large cucumber
  • 4 celery stalks
  • A lemon
  • A decent chunk of ginger

Then add 2 handfuls of spinach to the blender and blitz. Add ice and away you go.

Mix it up or make your own

There are plenty other juice recipes you can try on this plan. I have just kept it basic to make it easy for myself. There’s so much going on with the Christmas prep that this approach makes it so simple.

Have a look at some other great juice recipes online:

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/galleries/34328/healthy-juices

http://www.juicemaster.com/recipes/juices/

http://ifocushealth.com/juice-detox-recipes/

Enjoy x

 

 

The lean green breakfast juice

OK it truly has gone well. We’ve been to new places, seen people we love, learnt new things and laughed a lot. We’ve also let go more than normal, barely stopped and run with less routine…

…So ROLL ON SCHOOL. I am more than happy to move into September. I like getting a tighter grip on normality and claiming back a few more moments of peace, quiet and order.

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For me, week 1 of the new term is about getting BACK TO BASICS. I’m taking the first few days to replenish and nourish but also to give my digestive system and liver a bit of a break.

Here’s my favourite lean green breakfast juice. I default back to this one all the time. It’s my comfort blanket of juices and always makes me feel really good about myself. If I start the day on this one, I keep on track all day.

Using a centrifugal juicer, extract the juice from the following:

  • 2 green apples
  • 1/4 of a pineapple
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1 lime
  • About 10 mint leaves (put inside 2 chunks of pineapple to get as much juice as you can)

Then add a quarter of an avocado, blend and serve with lots of ice.

Take your time over drinking.

Quick tip: We all get mission drift from time to time. When we wake up tired or in a rush it’s easy to dodge the promise we made to ourselves the night before. It’s a good idea to prep the ingredients in the evening and seal them in sandwich bags. It means the morning job is the easy part.

To get BACK TO BASIC’S:

  1. Start the day with hot water and lemon
  2. Follow with a juice/smoothie, thinking about what’s missing from a nutrition perspective
  3. Exclude caffeine, alcohol and all refined sugars
  4. Incorporate a different juice/smoothie or a soup for lunch
  5. Eat a simple and light high protein evening meal.
  6. Don’t eat in the 3 hours before bedtime

If you try a few days of this, you’ll be feeling brighter, leaner and sleeping deeper by the end of the week. It’s a great way to get completely back in the game and fuel yourself with optimism for the next chapter ahead.

Happy new term.

x