5 easy ways to cleanse after a sinful Christmas and New Year’s binge 81



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Most of us like to indulge and can go a little over the top in the holidays, eating and drinking rich Christmas cakes, mince pies, biscuits, cheese, wine, casseroles. Our bodies are on a sugar and fat overload.

Now the festive days are over, give your body this simple detox to get back to normal and start the new year right. No starvation or weird juice required, I promise!




1. Skip the coffee
Prepare yourself and spend the next few mornings without coffee.  Coffee may give you a caffeine boost to start your day but it also increases your carb and sugar cravings for the day. If you need a caffeine boost get it from green tea instead. Just one cup helps to speed up liver activity thus helping with the detox.

2. Drink H2O
Rehydrate and flush the toxins out with water. Focus on having around six glasses a day or you may have very watery herbal teas with dandelion and rosemary. You can add a squeeze of fresh lemon or orange juice to burn fat and decrease inflammation.

3. Get your fibre fix
After over-indulging, you need to get your digestive system back on track, and fibre will do just that. Start with a high fibre breakfast, such as oatmeal or almond butter on brown bread toast, to regulate the system and give you that satiated feeling.

4. Gentle stretching
Feeling a little stiff? Add just five minutes of gentle body stretches to your morning routine to open up. The twisting of the muscles during the various positions releases fresh blood as well as nutrients and oxygen to the muscles-all of which will help you recover faster. If you’re feeling up to it, get in some cardio to really sweat it out.

5. Throw out all white refined foods: sugar, salt and wheat 
Avoid eating the refined and processed foods such as cakes, cookies, pizza’s, pasta’s, white bread and any other foods made from them… Instead favour veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean meats.

So there you have it five easy steps to help you detox this January.

Barbara Karafokas

Barbara Karafokas (barbarakarafokas.com) is a qualified nutritionist, and a health, nutrition and wellness consultant. She inspires others to celebrate and love life by creating healthier eating and lifestyle habits and attitudes for life! Barbara lives on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus. She brings a blend of skills to her practice and teaching. For over twelve years she has been committed to creating awareness about the hidden dangers to health. Barbara is also the author of The Med Life Diet (themedlifediet.com), a beginner’s guide to creating healthy eating and healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life!

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