Recovering from a chocolate coma? Us too. Don’t be too harsh on yourself, it’s the mark of a happy Christmas, and boy, did we all deserve a whopper this year.
But if, like us, you’re feeling a detox coming on to bring in 2021, cast your eye over Quattro Foods’ top recovery tips for shedding the consequences of the annual overindulgence.
In a bid to feel good, we must rid our body of harmful toxins by replacing unhealthy substances with nutritious foods and plenty of liquids. By liquids we mean water, green tea and fresh fruit juice – but you knew that, right?
We highly recommend eating a selection of light and fibrous food to counter the attack of the fried and fatty, the sweet and spicy. The assault on your insides means that it’s time to go light on your diet by adding fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables to your daily intake. Enhance salads with healthy, crunchy seeds and increase your juicer repertoire with raw vegetables – a great way to detox.
Cleanse your body and clear your mind with Quattro’s top 5 foods for a new year’s detox.
- Asparagus. With endless health benefits, this is your number 1 post-indulgence green. Add to salads or as a side, it’s tasty and filling too.
- Green tea. A detox drink loaded with antioxidants, neutralizing free radicals in your body.
- Apple cider vinegar. Sounds awful. It’s not that bad and it’s bursting with probiotics and enzymes.
- Spirulina. Add half a teaspoon to your morning smoothie.
- Turmeric. Reduces inflammation caused by consuming too much caffeine and alcohol and getting too little sleep.
That tired and bloated feeling is a guaranteed side effect of festive overindulgence. Sinful treats are allowed, in fact encouraged at Christmas, but the end of the party season brings headaches and lethargy and a desperate need to hydrate your body, flush out toxins and initiate muscle recovery. Yes, we are truly sorry but there’s simply no way around it. The time has come to mention the dreaded e-word. Exercise. We must all begin the detachment process from the comfort of the sofa. We don’t necessarily mean the gym (slowly, slowly) but we do have some other suggestions to help you sweat it out. A run? Ouch, sorry. We mean a walk. But you could make it brisk? Venture out into the fresh air and get your blood pumping. A cleansing walk is great for the mind, body and spirit. Go on, you know you’ll love it! Even if there’s no dog to walk or children to exert, it will help you burn off the extra calories and bring oxygen racing back into your bloodstream. Suggest that a friend joins you – it’s a great way to have a catch up amidst Covid restrictions. And believe us, they’ll need to get out as much as you do.
Get going with your detox plan and you’ll feel like new in no time. And don’t worry – Easter is just around the corner. We’re dreaming of chocolate too. Ssshhh…