Feeling guilty from eating one too many pineapple tarts or slices of bak kwa this Chinese New Year? Don’t worry, we have a detox game plan to help you feel healthier after the festivities.
Eat your ABCs
Going on a detox might require you to make some small changes to your diet – but it’s literally as easy as ABC! Let’s start with some superfoods that you should eat more of:
A is for…
• Apples: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” ¬– with good reason. These delicious red fruits contain pectin, a soluble fiber that helps with liver health and the detoxification of heavy metals in the body.
• Asparagus: High in minerals and anti-inflammatory nutrients like Vitamin K and folate, these ‘green swords’ helps to fight and destroy carcinogens.
B is for…
• Bananas: If you tend to have a case of the midnight munchies, these high-fibre fruits can aid digestion, regulate your body fluids, and curb those cravings.
• Broccoli: Boost your immune system with these veggies. They are high in fibre, Vitamin C, and phytochemicals.
C is for…
• Carrots: The carrot’s orangey colour comes from beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps you maintain healthy skin and purifies your blood while balancing the acid-alkaline ratio of your body.
• Cucumbers: Composed mostly of water, which hydrates and cools you, they also contain phytonutrients that pack a punch of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory goodness.
Let it go
We’ve all been there – once the holidays are over, we discover that we’re stuck with leftovers in the fridge and jars of unfinished snacks sitting on our countertop. Tempting as it is to eat up everything, throwing out leftovers may be the best way to put a stop to those mid-day and midnight cravings that often lead to weight gain.
Start fresh and eat clean. This means planning meals that use fresh produce, lean meats, non-processed food and low carbs to supply your body with the energy it needs to function at its best.
Drink lots of water – it is important to keep yourself hydrated, especially after binging on salty festive treats. In fact, research shows that drinking water brings you many benefits including:
• A boost to your metabolism
• A decrease in bloating thanks to excess sodium being flushed out of your body
• Improvements in the functions of your kidneys and digestive system
• A decrease in hunger pangs, as your body sometimes mistakes thirst for hunger
Ditch the sweet stuff
After being offered sugary snacks, desserts and drinks at every house you visit during Chinese New Year, you should stay away from sugary foods after the festivities have ended. Fructose – a type of sugar commonly found in many juices, sauces, breads and processed meats – has a way of tricking your metabolism and turning on the “hunger hormone” in your body, causing you to feel hungry more easily.
To make it even easier, get a buddy to do the detox with you so that the two of you can keep each other accountable. Your body will feel healthier and more energetic in no time!