We’ve made it out of our dry-January in one piece, but with Chinese New Year fast approaching, we’re readying ourselves for another week of indulgence. Whether you’re having an intimate family affair or you’re hitting one of our healthy holiday retreats, it’s easy to get carried away – which is why Dr Jason Culp of Chiva-Som Resort Thailand has some helpful detox tips to help you start the Year of the Dog right. They’re not as scarily strict as you might think – and you can even leave room for dessert…
Intermittent or Modified Fasting
“After indulging in your favourite holiday foods, it’s beneficial to give your body’s systems a break from dealing with the digestion and metabolism of excess fats, proteins, and sugars. Take a few days each week to eat light or attempt a liquid fast, consisting of only soups, vegetable juices, teas, and of course, plenty of water. This will provide you with essential nutrients to support health in an easily-absorbable form, while allowing your body to rest, repair, and restore.”
Support your Gut… with Dessert
“Emerging research continues to show the connection between our gut health and overall wellbeing. Fortunately, there is a simple and delicious way of supporting your digestive tract. Stewed apples have gained popularity for their ability to support the health of your gut through the benefits of special plant compounds called polyphenols. Additionally, the sweet flavour from the cooked apples helps to reduce troublesome sugar cravings. You can include stewed apples in your diet a few days per week. If you are sensitive to apples, you can substitute with cooked pears.”
Daily Movement Routine
Physical activity is a great way to support detoxification through enhancing circulation and sweating. An added benefit is a boost in your metabolism, which will help shed some of the extra weight accumulated during the holidays. Simply walking after meals has been shown to improve digestion and blood sugar balance, while providing a great social and family activity.
Calibrate and Reset Intentions
Once the holiday “chaos” has settled, take time to reflect upon the positive intentions for promoting wellness that you have set for the coming New Year. Let go of last year’s shortcomings to achieve your health goals, a form of “mental detox”, and reset simple-to-attain, yet meaningful goals for your health. It could be as easy as eight glasses of water each day or walk in nature more often. Reflect on your individual wellness needs and face the new year with the best of intentions.