I get asked about detoxes a LOT at this time of year.
Janaury-itis sets in and along with it the obsession for detoxing. And dieting. And exercise. And abstention. And totally overhauling everything. It’s setting us up for a big fall. We aren’t wired to follow strict, radical departures from our usual routines. We respond better to incremental steps in the right direction.
I prefer the notion of a reboot.
A reboot = giving your body more love so that it can do what it naturally wants to do: keep you gloriously well
Here's how to reboot
Get started on these 3 steps. When you’ve done them consistently for 21 days (the time it takes to create a new habit), let me know and I’ll send you the next ones.
1. hydrate like your energy depends on it
Drink more water: It’s the single biggest factor in getting great energy, brilliant brain power and a happier, healthier body
- Get in 6-8 glasses of filtered water each day.
- Start the day with a hot water and lemon to hydrate after a night's sleep and to wake up your digestive system.
- You’re aiming for pee as pale as champagne.
Speaking of which, decrease your alcohol intake. Moderation is queen. Choose 1 or 2 days a week to enjoy an alcoholic drink (if you fancy it) and stick to 2 drinks max. I'm a big believer in the 80 / 20 rule: allowing ourselves the flex and freedom to enjoy a glass of wine (or cake or chocolate or whatever) now and again.
2. move your body daily
- Doesn’t matter how: just move. Walk, run, dance, spin, skip, jump, whatever makes you happy.
- It doesn’t have to be lycra-clad. Unless you love lycra. In which case, crack on.
- Commit to moving for just 20 minutes each day. Put it in your diary. And do it. Once you get started you might feel like carrying on for longer than 20.
3. eat more veg
- This will give you more fibre (most of us need more fibre) and a whole array of phytonutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
- Plus it means you’re less likely to overload on lower-nutrient white or beige food like pasta and bread if you have more veg or salad on your plate.
- Start with adding something green to your lunch and dinner, then add more variety from there. I go for green leaves at lunch, kale or broccoli for dinner. And of course avocado at breakfast earns bonus points.
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