It’s that time of year again – regretting all those delicious mince pies? Or times you meant to go to the gym over the Christmas period and got talked into another drink in the pub instead?!
Well, it’s done now, so no good worrying about, but now is a good time to start thinking about how to clean up your diet heading into the new year. And by cleaning up we don’t mean a detox. This time of year is not a good time to start cutting out major food groups or trying to survive on cabbage soup or the like for weeks on end, with the intention of ‘detoxing’.
It’s important to remember that your body is constantly detoxing, and to do this it needs good healthy fresh foods, exercise, hydration and sleep. So let’s focus on simple lifestyle and diet changes you can make to help it detox a little easier.
- Start by cutting out processed foods that are normally high in sugar and salt, and low in nutrients.
- Aim to cook everything from fresh ingredients, organic where possible.
- Include good protein in every meal and snack – grass-fed lean meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, lentils or beans.
- Aim for 4-5 servings of fresh vegetables and 2 of fresh fruit every day.
- Reduce intake of tea and coffee, replacing with herbal teas, or hot water and lemon.
- Reduce intake of wheat and dairy products that may be causing bloating or flatulence.
- Increase intake of water to around 2 litres per day.
- Aim to sleep for 8 hours each night – the body detoxifiers best when you are sleeping.
This is just the start of your eating clean in 2016, we will be giving you some great clean recipes over the coming months, so keep on reading our blog, and let us know what you love to cook too!