I hate the word ‘detox’ and the fact that we’re going to hear a lot of it over the next month makes me roll my eyes every year. Although I wholeheartedly believe in clean eating, juicing and occasional short-term fasting as the benefits are ten-fold, I feel that the word detoxing is a bit of a marketing gimmick when we’re at our most vulnerable! I get why it’s so popular – we all feel pretty crappy after a couple of weeks of weird eating times (Christmas pudding for breakfast, anyone?) and muttering the phrase “well, tis the season” as you reach for another Quality Street. Why wouldn’t you want to feel healthier? Personally, I cut myself some slack over these few weeks because no one wants to pass up a mince pie when your granny has made them especially. Plus, they’re bloody nice! But, this year I also wasn’t working out like I usually do because everyday was full up (hence the lack of posts) so I’ve felt really tired, sluggish and I’ll admit, my jeans have felt a little tighter than usual!
So, I wanted to do something quick, simple and at-home in between packing away the tree and sorting out the house, that would make me feel better and healthier straight away. When life gets back to normal, I’ll probably ramp it up a bit but for now, here’s how I get back on track…
DITCHING THE CAFFEINE
Ugh just writing it makes me recoil a little. I’m not a coffee person (as much as I tried!), but I do love a good old cup of PG Tips. But the problem I have is that I can’t drink a cuppa without a biscuit so things can escalate. So, for that reason, it’s the first thing I cut out if I’m feeling a bit ‘bleugh’ and replace my morning cup for hot water and half a lemon squeezed in. This is great for helping the liver and kick starting the digestive system straight away.
I know, this sounds really science-y, scary and faddy but bear with me. I’m lucky enough to try a lot of health supplements and products in my day job on a national health and fitness mag but I’ve never tried anything this good before. Created by Welleco (founded by Elle Macpherson), The Super Elixir is my go-to when I’ve fallen off the wellness wagon and am desperate to feel healthier instantly. There are too many reasons why so you can read my full review on it here.
Getting fit or joining a gym is up there as the main New Year resolutions we all embark on and I always get so excited when someone says they have big fitness or weightless goals. I’m so supportive of anyone who wants to better themselves, I think it’s the most inspiring and courageous thing ever. But, for so many people it’s really daunting so my advice would be to take baby steps and find something you enjoy. I love everything from running, to lifting weights, yoga and boxing but after a few weeks off and when I know I can’t get to the gym, I love to do a few things in my living room that will awaken my muscles and get everything moving again. The plank is amazing for toning your entire body – abs, legs, bum and arms and it can be done whilst scrolling through Instagram! Stretching is my go-to when I’m feeling lazy and it’s so underestimated. I love how it lengthens out my limbs, improves my flexibility and keeps my muscles limber. After sitting for hours on end during Christmas, having a stretch feels as good as having a massage.
What are you health and fitness goals for 2017?
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