If you follow me on social media like Facebook or Instagram (which I hope you do- I love connecting with you on these online homes of mine!) then you will likely know that I was in Niseko Japan last week (for my friends gorgeous winter wonderland wedding).
Singapore to snow. I knew my poor body was going to be hit with a blast of juxtaposing weather conditions. And while my body and immunity is damn good, throw in over 17 hours of travel time/ airport hustling and I knew my body would take note!
While I was in Japan I was going to fully immerse myself with the food. Which meant eating a lot more rice than my body is used to (or needs), sushimi (a rare treat for me) and noodles (I love udon but again, I don’t eat it a lot). Carbs for me are like sugar to a sugar addict. Once I have a taste I’m hooked. And my ability to register the ‘you’ve had enough’ feeling, just goes unnoticed!
Oh and I had sake (not my thing) but as you can see I wasn’t drinking green smoothies, eating chia pudding and munching on a kale salad.
The thing is, is that I don’t regret a single thing. I loved immersing myself into a diet rich in food I don’t enjoy often and sharing in the experience with friends. I ate some sugar (wedding cake), drank a glass of champagne (after a 2 1/2 month alcohol free period!) and ate the odd late night corn chip.
So rather than come back and beat myself up, which is waste of time (really), here are some ways I gently recalibrate and ease back into the swing of things:
1. Prioritise Vegetables- Vegetables have a high water content so loading up on vegies will fill you up. Additionally it goes without saying that they are packed full of vitamins and nutrients which help your skin to glow, cleanse your insides and provide you with energy.
// Make a huge pot of my tomato beans and add a few good handfuls of kale or spinach in the last few minutes of cooking.
// Freeze up some of my pumpkin curry and eat alongside a fresh salad made with spinach and cherry tomatoes.
// Make a green smoothie for breakfast.
// Switch the morning coffee/ soda for a store bought green juice (Try look for ones with minimal fruit- 1 piece per 3 vegetables will provide ample sweetness).
2. Drink Water- Drinking water has never been more important than when you’re wanting to rid your body of some extra ‘toxins’. Aim to up your water intake by an extra litre per day. Not a fan of water? Read this post for many tips around how to get your drink on.
3. Avoid Sugar- This one can be controversial, but here goes. Sugar- whether it be fruit sugar or a sweetener such as honey, contain fructose, which have inflammatory properties within the body. When gently recalibrating it is ideal to stick to as low amounts of sugar as possible.
// Enjoy a savoury breakfast rather than a ‘sweet’ start to your day. Eggs are high in protein, or grab some bread and mash an avocado on top, season with salt and pepper, lime juice and coriander.
// Use coconut water to sweeten smoothies rather than using fruit. This is one of my favourite ways to get a sugar ‘hit’ without a massive dose of fructose. See here for a recipe.
// Eat low fructose fruit such as strawberries, blueberries and aim for up to 1/2 cup per day. I love to munch on frozen berries as dessert when I’m being mindful of my sugar intake.
// Read here for more tips on how to beat the sugar rush naturally.
4. Sleep- This might be a new idea to some people, but getting enough sleep is vital for a healthy body and a healthy mind. when we are sleep deprived we are likely to find ourselves reaching out for the chocolate, biscuits, chips etc.
// Find out how many hours sleep you need to feel refreshed and energised. For some people this is 8 hours, for others less. Be your own judge.
// Establish some gentle self care practises that you will move into during your detox period. For example I set limits of how late I stay up (which will see me lovingly leave a dinner early, or politely decline a late night catch up after work). Other ideas include no technology in bed, a warm tea before bed, meditation/ yoga (or both!) before bed.
5. Exercise- Sweat sweat sweat! A great way to move toxins is through the skin. Find what exercise you love and turn it up a gentle dial, to get the heart racing.
// Do yoga outside on a sunny day or fasten up your sun salutations to get some sweat on
// Try a new class like boxing, or hot yoga
// Exercise outdoors. For example if you do weights inside, find some body weight activities to do outdoors in the sun
// Book a Personal Training session to turn up the heat!
// If sweaty exercise isn’t your thing try a sauna or get a bowl of steaming hot water, place your head over the top with a towel over your head to trap the steam in. You can add some essential oils such as eucalyptus to open up your sinuses. Come up for ‘air’ every few minutes.
How do you gently get your body back into the swing of things post holidays? Comment below so we can all add your sassy tips to our own favourites!